Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Plan Comes Together

    The original plan was to weave some linen for aprons and caps for Tina and I on the Rocker Loom at the Museum.  I crunched the numbers several times, and I just could make it work for the amount of linen I had on hand.  Plus, I was concerned about my first venture into weaving linen happening at the Loom House.
  Plan B:  since we are weaving placemats for the Fall shows, why not put on a warp for more placemats????  It's a win-win!

  I had planned on using the rug warp from last year as a dummy, so I counted out the threads I needed for the placemats and sleyed the reed.  I had already put lease sticks behind the shafts, and I had a set of lease sticks in the cross of the new warp.  I used a bungee cord to secure them to the front beam. 
  Now the fun begins!

  I got all the new threads tied to the dummy warp....I love the difference in colors!!!

  Then, it was just a matter of working the knots through the reed and the heddles.

  Since I was winding on by myself, I brought my little hand weights to help keep tension on the threads while I wound on the back beam.

  Back and forth, back and forth.....I think I got all my steps in for the day!

  That's some set up, huh?  But, it worked like a charm! 

  I even got started on the first placemat this afternoon!  These are going to be a pleasure to weave.  I guess I'd better get the rest of the strips cut....and, I need to give some more of the yardage a good bath!  There was a lot of sizing in this roll of fabric.

  Lunch at the Museum was, as always, a delight.  Chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and cornbread along with some sweet tea...YUM! (And, don't tell Tina, they had Perfect Chocolate Cake out today!)

  I met a wonderful family from Birmingham, AL, today.  I have a feeling we might see them again at the Museum.  You just never know.....

Happy Weaving!


Tina J said...

I think you'll be much happier with this project! There is no need to add stress to our weaving!

Theresa said...

Oh, those are going to be WONDERFUL placemats! Save your linen for another project back at center because I am sure everyone one will enjoy learning about weaving with linen. Great stuff. :-)