Friday, 13 January 2017
Cotton and Ward Loom
Glimakra gave me the pertinent information I needed to understand how this loom worked, otherwise, I would have struggled for a bit before I figured it all out. (Glimakra has pretty awesome looms!)
The Ward is a really sturdy loom but it uses texsolve heddles, although I have the bit of equipment for making string heddles, which were likely the original ones. I'm not sure how I like the texsolve yet, but they are quiet, for sure. There is absolutely nothing on this loom which makes noise. It is super quiet. It is also made for people just a tad taller than I am. I'm not sure how to deal with this yet. I'm thinking maybe a rocking loom bench would help, mainly because I've found myself rocking forward on my current loom bench - tall loom, short legs - not really the best combination.
I've only sett up 4 of the 8 shafts right now. I thought it might be easier to get 4 up and running first and then just adjust the tension of the last 4 shafts to match.
I had the warp wound for the gamp project for the design class. I wound it for the Fanny loom, which I dress from front to back. Unfortunately the Ward has to be dress from back to front, which created no end of issues in dressing the loom. Argh, if I could have afforded the extra string, I would have trashed the first warp and rewound it. However, instead I just pushed through all the stupid stuff and got the thing on the loom. There is a threading error, which I have checked and checked. From what I can tell, it's actually threaded correctly and there are no crossed threads. I've been totally stymied trying to figure it out. Eventually I said to hell with it and started weaving. I'm not thrilled enough with this project to spend anymore time crawling under the loom figuring out which thread is doing something stupid. There is supposed to be a red band between each section, but I've misplaced or used up the last little bit of red, so I'm using the end of bobbins that I had leftover from other projects. Unfortunately, the light brown doesn't have enough contrast to actually be very visible.