Here's that second royal blue warp I wove with a pale purple stripe and the rich purple section in the middle. The weft changes that purple and it blends it all nicely together. This warp has been woven, serged and washed. The pieces are hanging on the drying rack waiting for me to cut and serge the individual pieces before assembling them.
I use both hands to wind my warps. On the right side, my hand holding the threads goes around the peg while my left hand is above the stand keeping the threads coming straight up off the cones.
This also allows me to keep from moving as far to the left side of the warping board conserving energy because my left hand is reaching out further than my body needs to go.
If I stop inbetween to answer the phone or something, I divide the yarns as shown above to keep the groups separate using the pegs to keeps my 4 little groups apart.
This is the way I've wound my warps for many years. It works for me. However, everyone figures out the way that works best for them. That's the great thing about weaving. Everyone does it differently. I like it that we can let each other know how we do it so that we can adapt what someone else does in a way that works for us.
It's like hem stitching. I teach my way but I know that within a few warps or at least a few placemats, everyone will figure out the way that works for them. The result is the same. The hems are sewn so that the yarn won't pull out and it's secure. I don't do it the way I was taught. I changed it to suit the way I thought worked best for me.
We had just come in from being out in the evening when we took the pictures. Our cat was down there waiting for us to come home as she often does. So, DH picked her up but she always likes to come to me so he took a picture of us. Molly is about 13. She was about 3 weeks old when we got her. We bottle fed her. We think her mother was wild and she wandered away.....not sure if mother or baby wandered away but the result was someone took her to the vet and we were the lucky recipients. Problem is she will only go to either me or DH. She will hiss at my daughter and has done so for the last 6 or so years since she left for a semester of college. She really is a sweet cat but it has to be on her terms!! She wasn't too thrilled to have her picture taken either.
Anyone in the Knoxville area is invited to our First Friday. The first Friday of each month the downtown galleries are open and people shop hop. We have food and wine, even some musical entertainment (altho it won't be DH this time). We are encouraged, as members to come and wear our nametags. I'll be there most of the time because I have to. Otherwise, if I have time I pop in for an hour or so each month. It's from 5:30 til 9pm each first Friday of the month.
Then it's back to weaving for me!! I am so much happier just to be in my studio working...
Til next week..