Even though Christmas is still a long way ahead, our minds have definitely been turning towards the festive season. That’s not (primarily) because we can’t wait for the turkey or Andrea’s German Christmas sausages, but because we’ve been weaving our new range of scarves for Christmas. Here are a few snippets of work in progress. No pictures of the warping unfortunately, as I was too weary to go on an extensive search for my then lost camera.
After warping we take the new warp beam to the loom, where we insert the lease sticks and get the warp ready for action. If we change the weave, as we did here, we have to re-heald the warp threads, i.e. individually pull them through the little eyelets in the wires. This is a pretty fiddly job.
The next step is to sley the warp threads through the reed (with an adapted kitchen knife made by our mentor Bob). After that we tie the sleyed warp ends onto the remainder of the previous warp, set up all the leno threads, change the pick wheel, tension up all sorts of things, make up the weft pattern card, re-fit the temples and finally start weaving.
These are our natural coloured checked scarves and I think I’m going to have one of them.
Here are the more outrageous rainbow scarves. In between natural and rainbow, we did another 5 variations of stripey scarves. I’m just in the process of mending, and on Tuesday we’ll send it all off to the finishers in Galashiels. Fingers crossed, we’ll have them back at the end of October at the latest.