Wednesday, February 13, 2013

We are off!

Having tied on a new warp (see previous post) I was expecting to have to re-tension it. On spec I put in a couple of picks of tissue paper and to my surprise (and delight) I found that the tension was OK. I sampled several weft colours and battled with a dodgy selvedge on the right hand side. I spent some time adjusting the tension of the warp, the different tensions of the selvedges (weighted separately) and the tension on the end-feed shuttle. I found that by having less weight on the right hand selvedge than the left hand one the problem was sorted.






I finally settled as "Soft Plum" for the weft colour of the first scarf.


The pattern is herringbone with basket weave selvedges (thank you Sandra Rude) and a bit of basket weave at the start and finish.  The draft below is what I am weaving because of the threading that I have tied on to but in fact this could be woven on four shafts!





4 comments:

  1. Martin,
    I'm wondering about the 4 shaft draft. I see 4 for your herringbone, but I'm thinking you'd still need an extra 2 for the basket weave selvedges.

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    1. I thought so at first but have a look at my most recent post.

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  2. Ooops. Forgot to say how much I like your colorful warp. I tend to get a little scared of mixing so many bright colors. Some day I'll have to try one!

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    1. When it comes to colour schemes I plagiarise from anything I like the look of. I have two striped designs waiting to be used, one derived from a shop sign in Melbourne and one from a department store catalogue.

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