I’ve long wanted an inkle loom, so decided to take the plunge and get myself one (bc Christmas!). First time warping was a bit of a struggle to figure out, which was to be expected, so I gave myself a whole afternoon to figure it out. Expectations were also set low as to the quality of my first piece, which was a good decision as I learned a lot about how to maintain tension and keeping the edges neat. Very glad I spent extra and bought 5/2 cotton from the same vendor (Wheels & Whorls), as I think cheap substitution from my stash would have delivered a disappointing result. As it is, the resulting strap was very satisfying, including that ‘fresh cotton’ scent. The other challenge was keeping a close eye on the warping path. The number of times I missed a peg and didn’t notice till later! All in all, this is a fun and satisfying addition to my textile collection.
Finally got around to using my 4-shaft table loom. I’d warped it ages ago but hadn’t been inspired to finish the piece. The warp yarn is ugly as hell, I think it’s carpet wool. But it was free, and good for a practice. This is plain tabby weave, just playing around with colour. It’s FUGLY! But I hope to learn a few things from it, such as why the selvedges beat so unevenly, and how/when to hem.
Been meaning to post a pic of my weaving efforts. This is my first attempt. Going round the beam is tabby (I think) and then some twill, which I figured out after poring over a draft for what seemed like HOURS! I’m sure it will get easier… I think.
Spent the day at a friend’s house as we were taught how to warp our looms. It was an excellent, productive day, but pretty tiring, physically – all that stretching and standing over the loom for hours on end. Still, at the end of it, I managed to flick the shuttle through a couple of times and I was so chuffed! Am looking forward to really cracking into this weaving lark.
First came the maths:
- I want an 8″ wide tablerunner, about 40″ long
- My loom is 8 epi (ends per inch)
- 8″ x 8 epi = 64 ends (lengths of thread)
- waste was calculated at Depth of Loom (23″) plus Ties (12″) = 35″
- 40″ + 35″ = length to be wound on warping board
- Wind on yarn to warping board – 64 lengths of 75″. Form a cross between first pegs – this is where the leash sticks will go
- Tie off lengths at various points before removing from warping board. Tie final thread through loops at end of board
- Tie off stacks of 10 threads
- Remove from warping board, chaining as you go (form a circle, reach through, and pull through next handful in a loop
- Insert leash sticks either side of the cross and tie off. One end of the leash sticks will be untied for this, so re-tie them together afterward
- Thread each end through heddles and tie to back stick
- Tie other ends to front stick and over front beam
- On back stick, insert paper over knots and tie over back beam
- Wind on back of loom to tension the warp
- Start weaving!
No doubt this isn’t entirely accurate and I’ll have to come back to it at some point and correct. Maybe when I’ve read a handy-dandy book on using a 4-shaft loom. Hey, there’s an idea…
And here’s some pics of the process: