Thursday, February 7, 2013

Winding a multi-coloured warp

I have just finished winding an 18 yard warp for a series of twill scarves. The colour scheme is based upon the front cover of "The Handweaver's Pattern Directory" which I first tried to analyse about three years ago. It isn't an exact match as I am using my existing stocks of Bendigo 2ply. Once I have used this I can't repeat it because Bendigo Woolen Mills have severely reduced their colour range in 2 ply, which is a great pity.

I used my AVL warping wheel, sometimes it is a pity to take the warp of the wheel -  the stripes of colour look so good!

Because there were frequent colour changes I put together a spreadsheet which gave me a precise guide as  to when to change colour and when a section ends. The raw data came from the .wif file of the draft to which I applied some formulae and conditional formatting.


  1. love all the details and seeing your weaving notes.

  2. Thank you for your kind comments. Ideas for projects seem to outstrip my weaving capacity so I have forced myself to make detailed notes so that I don't forget my brilliant ideas when I return to them!

    I once spent an enjoyable weekend working out a series of drafts for double weave overshot but I couldn't understand my logic when I returned to them several months later.

  3. Hi, I'm a new weaver and just found your blog! I have been using Bendigo Woollen Mills 3 ply, and have been having tension issues due to the 'stretchiness' of it. Do you have this issue, or is your 2 ply spun differently?

  4. I have never had any problems with the 2 ply either on a warping board or on a warping wheel. I presume that the three ply is the same product but with an extra ply. How do the tension issues manifest themselves?

    1. A few strands of the warp tightens as the weaving progresses - when I asked my guru, she said it was because the Bendigo wool is very elastic and stretchy, and I should be using a worsted wool ;)

      I think I'll keep practising with it though - it's probably mainly due to my inexperience (I've only been weaving for just over 2 months!).


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