Wednesday, March 26, 2008


The bouts are made. Even the floating selvedge warps are made. They are wound on the knitting bobbins at the top of the photo. I keep the individual bouts in sandwich-size plastic bags to keep them from tangling. Also to keep them clean. The ends with the cross peek out of the bags so that I will be able to slip in the rod and lease sticks.


When I started making the warp, I worried that I might have some problems. I had wound six cones of yarn, three of each color red. However, I was going to wind four ends at a time. Why didn't I wind four cones (two of each color) to begin with? It's called hindsight.

This is what I ended up doing, and I wasn't sure it was going to work. I started with four cones and wound one bout. Then I removed a cone and replaced it with one of the two unused cones. I wound a second bout. Then I removed a different cone and replaced it with the remaining unused cone. Now I have two cones that have been used once but are now out of commission. After I wound this next bout, I removed another cone, and replaced it with one of the out-of-commission cones. I kept doing this until I had wound all six bouts. And it worked. I never ran out of yarn. In fact, I have plenty of yarn left over.


As I was winding the warp, I ran into the expected knots. Three of them were at one end or the other of the bout, so I didn't have to do anything with them. Two others were in the middle. My usual tactic when encountering knots in this situation is just to keep going. has always seemed easier to do that and then fix the warp when I was weaving that it was to pull one end back to the beginning, replace it, and wind it back to join its fellow ends.

But I decided to try.

I was pleased to discover that it is not that hard to cut out an end with a knot when the warp is only a little less than seven yards, even when warping with four ends at a time. Now I don't have to worry about cutting out a knot when I am actually weaving, and I will also not have the doubled warp ends that cutting out knots entail.

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Leigh said...

I like those baggies! Seems to me you've mentioned them before and I forgot. Today I was lamenting my warp chains unchaining themselves, but a baggie would make them behave, wouldn't it. Especially if I closed it enough to keep the warp enclosed in it.

Susan B. said...

I like the baggies idea too! Especially with a long warp!
So the end with the knot in the middle was totally replaced? makes sense to do it at the warping point rather than at the weaving point!