Friday, April 4, 2008

QUESTION ON UNTWISTING WARP BOUTS

Janice raised the following question about untwisting twisted warps when I am in the process of beaming:

"In that part where you say you've found another twist, you say you untwist it--how do you do that at that point without making a mess of the warp?"

WEIGHTS STILL ON THE WARP

First let me note that the weights are still on, so the warps are under very strong tension, probably stronger tension than they will be on when I am actually weaving.

UNTWISTING PROCESS

I go to the spot where I see the twist. I analyze which way I need to turn the bout to untwist it. I lift it up as a group with my hands. I then rotate the bout in the right direction and lay it back down.

In the previous post, if you click on the picture of the twisted bout you can see it greatly magnified. Then you can clearly see it that it is spiraling/twisting to the right. To straighten it out, you only have to insert your right hand under it and flip the bout over to the left.

CHECKING AT FRONT OF LOOM

After doing this, I go to the front of the loom and examine that particular bout to see if the untwisting continues. If it does, I repeat the above exercise.

I try to be vigilant about this examination. If I catch the twisting as soon as I see it, it will mean rotating the warp only one turn. That was the case in the warp in the picture.

THE YARN, NOT THE WEAVER

An important thing to remember is that even if you start out beaming with the warp in lovely flat ribbons, if it's silk, those bouts at some point are probably going to start twisting. It's not your beaming technique that is your fault. It is silk's propensity to do this.

Related Post: Winding on the Warp

2 comments:

Meg in Nelson said...

Oh, do please confirm that it happens with wool also. This is almost a every-warp occurrence for me, and I had thought I was the only one who managed to somehow have something like this happen!!

Leigh said...

Interesting that this is more common than one would think! It only first happened to me since I started weaving on my Glimakra. I thought I had done something really dunce headed. It's happened more than once; with cotton warp. So there's a comfort in knowing it isn't that uncommon and that there is a logical way to deal with it.