Tuesday, May 13, 2008


beginning weaving


I have begun weaving the first four inches of the scarf.  Not bad progress despite the slowness of the weaving. 


I have learned that with these fine threads and the frequent changing of colors, it is difficult to use end-feed-shuttles.  Actually, the easiest way to weave seems to be simply using the pirn itself without the shuttle.   I can easily move the pirn through the shed from one hand to the other.

Using a bare pirn, moreover, certainly beats continually changing the pirns in the shuttles!


I have also figured out how to hold the thread on the pirn after it emerges so that the yarn slides from the pirn into the just woven fabric as the beater closes.  The end feed shuttle does this automatically, assuming, of course, that I hold my shuttle near the shafts.   But using a bare pirn, I have to do this manually.

Related Posts:

Throwing the Shuttle   
Slow Weaving  

© 2008


Jane said...

Hi Peg,

How lovely! The colors are vibrant, yet soothing. Gosh, weaving with a pirn -- I'm *just* getting my first end-feed shuttle this week. I've always used a boat shuttle (which I love) but am ready to try the end delivery and see how it goes.

I have been known to at times just take my bobbin out and weave with it -- so I can relate a bit.

Loved the reference to your slow weave post. I, too, am a slow weaver. The more time I can spend at my loom, the happier I am. I thread slowly, and just today was thinking of how much I enjoy sitting at my loom and really being in touch with the fiber, the heddles, and just the 'zen' of threading. But then again, I'm a very process oriented person, and not so much a product oriented person. The creative process is my life's blood.

Looking forward to watching your scarf emerge.

Happy weaving,

Peg in South Carolina said...

Jane, thank you for your lovely comment. I very much appreciated it. Weaving with a shuttle-less pirn or bobbin is not really unlike tapestry weaving. There they either use little bits of yarn or special tapestry bobbins. Good to know there is a another process-oriented slow weaver around!


I lurve the colors on the scarf, very rich and jewel toned, just lovely.