Having fixed the crossed warp ends I proceeded to throw initial shots with 20/2 pearl cotton. I had not gone far when I saw that warp ends were not catching in one block. That is happening where you see those long weft overshots in the middle of the picture. Looking underneath will reveal that warps are totally not being caught.
CHECK THE THREADING
I checked the threading. It was correct. I tried treadling again. One of the treadles still created long overshots in that block.
CHECK THE TIE-UP
Perhaps that treadle was not tied up correctly? I checked. It was. I checked the threading again. It was fine.
And then I saw it.
WATCH THOSE SHAFTS!
I had placed the warp ends for shaft four (NB, this is a FOUR-shaft threading) onto heddles placed on shaft.......................FIVE! Of course any warp ends on shaft five would never be caught......
I tried to go the replacement heddle route. But when I tried to put one on shaft four, the heddle just got caught totally up into all the warp threads. Using replacement heddles just wasn't going to work.
So now what I get to do is:
- Tie together the warp ends that need to be threaded to keep them separated from the rest.
- Cut all the warp ends
- Slip knot groups of warp ends in front of the reed that do not need to be re-threaded.
- Pull the marked warp ends to be threaded through the reed.
- Pull those warp ends...........sob.......through the heddles.
- Rethread those warp ends. 113 warp ends.
- Resley those warp ends.
- Group warp ends into slip knots for lashing on
- Lash on the warp ends
- Adjust the warp tension
- Throw the shuttle to even out the warp ends and to check for crossed ends and threading errors.