My little 4-shaft loom is almost warped. (This is the pick-up tote from Sara Lamb’s Woven Treasures.)
After doing paperwork and email and other little chores this morning, I decided it was time to warp the loom. However, because I hadn’t warped this particular loom in a loooooong time (oh, say, seven years), I had to dig up my reed hook (brass tool on the left side of the loom) and heddle hook (wood-handled tool on the right side of loom).
That search took me about an hour and a half. It was a productive hour-and-a-half: I also found my wee video camera, and some fibre I’d been looking for, and extra shuttle bobbins. Once I found the reed hook (with two of its siblings) and the heddle hook (with three others), I filled up a mug with all these weaving necessities, stored the video camera in my desk drawer, and put the fibre where I can find it when I need it.
Being organized feels good, even in these early stages. And reclaiming my favourite tools, so long after packing them away, that feels good, too. More puzzle-pieces of self popping back into place after the past few years of chaos.
I like threading the heddles on my loom. I have metal heddles, and they make a lovely noise as they move around on the shaft frames.
I like the sensation of organizing the threads, and of creating a pattern as I put each thread in its proper heddle. I love having the threads slide through my hands, I love my hand-turned heddle hook.
One thing I really loved about this particular warping session were the mind-tingles I was getting from re-learning something I’d known but forgotten + learning a few new tips along the way + the sudden lightbulbs that would go off in my head now and then as I got bright ideas of my own for how to make the warping process easier.
I think my favourite lightbulb was this one:
I can take the front beam off, just by removing four screws.
I’ve been reading up on looms, because…well…someday I might want an 8-shaft floor loom, right? (It’s good to start one’s research early.) Many of the loom websites talk about how their looms have removable front beams to make threading the heddles easier (otherwise, if the front beam stays in place, you have to sit in front of it and reach over and around it to thread the heddles and it can give you sore shoulders, plus it is hard to see the heddle eyes). I’ve been threading this loom for oh, I don’t know…ten years before I stopped weaving? Let’s just say ten years. All that time, I’ve been suffering cramped shoulders and a sore back and problems seeing the heddles, because the front beam was in the way. I groused about not having a removable front beam.
Until today, when I looked at those four screws and realized I DO have a removable front beam.
It’s as though all my crafting and yarn knowledge and fearless knitting and whatnot has had time to simmer in my brain so that when I need to find a craft workaround of some sort, the lightbulbs are ready and waiting to go off. It’s happened several times in the course of warping this project, and it amazes me each time.
The reed has also been sleyed.
All that is left is to tie the ends onto the front apron rod and get it tensioned properly.
Today’s Random Good
It’s good to be good at something.
Tim is really good at napping in tiny fuzzy ball.
P.S. Blog entry? What blog entry? I don’t see a blog entry here…