Okay – I’ve gotten to start warping the Leclerc and I thought I would blog for my own journaling sake, but also to solicit all the tips I can get. It’s working so far, but I am certain I am not working in a conventional way. So, I apologize upfront to any and all that I might shock or offend ;-)
First off, I’ve chosen a “simple” warping project. On one of my walks with Shadow I came across a large pile of bamboo that had been cleared from someone’s yard. James was kind enough to go with the trailer and help me bring it home. Then he also started with taking off branches. It’s been slow going. They are rather tough, so we do a few here and there. With all the rain, I did get the leaves cleared off of them.
I can hear you now – what does that have to do with warping a loom??? My plan is to make an outdoor wall hanging or rug for the front porch. With the introduction of the loom, I knew this could be a good means of getting the job done. So the warp I bought was a thin nylon with a number of colors from the bamboo. My intent is to have warp every 3 inches along the length to let the bamboo shine through.So I got all the instructions I could find – including those online.
I started filling up the warping board. Shadow was fascinated with the spool flying around in the basket! He wasn’t always this calm – of course it wasn’t moving while I took the picture! We still made it! I did use the rattle I had made. Tommye Scanlin shows on her website using the reed as her rattle. Once I had everything spread, I realized at that moment her great wisdom. I had the bar from the top apron through the loops. I wanted to start from there to let gravity help me through the heddles and the reed, but how was I going to to attach it to the bar on the loom and keep the warp spread in the rattle??? I resorted to putting a “cap” of painter’s tape over the nails around each group. So I was able to pull without losing all the work I had just done.What I’ve done is place 4 warps in a group and spaced those groups out every 3 inches. My thought is to have the two outside warps in one harness and the two inside in the other. I have bamboo blinds that are warped this way.
Now hopefully this weekend we’ll get to the heddles and reed!