Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I have removed the front beam. I have removed the top of the beater. And I have removed the cloth beam. I have inserted two books to lift up the shafts so that the heddle eyes are at a convenient height. I have set up lamps to help my vision. I have moved my bench closer to the heddles.
The last, and for me the most difficult, thing I did was to count out the heddles I needed on the right side of the center posts. Difficult because it meant first doing some arithmetic.
CALCULATING HEDDLES NEEDED
I have a total of 684 ends. Or, at least, that is the number I should have if I have done everything correctly so far. That, however, is a judgment that is not yet ready to be made. I need half those ends on each side of the center posts. Half, my calculator tells me, is 342 ends. That means I need 342 heddles on the right side.
I am going to thread straight draw on 8 shafts, beginning with the back shaft, #8. To find how many heddles I need on each shaft, I divide 342 by 8. The result is 42.75. Now I know I am in trouble. Sigh. 3/4 of 8 is 6. So I am not in trouble. So I figure what will happen if I have 43 heddles and shafts 6 through 8 and 42 on shafts 1 and 2. That gives me 344 heddles, or 2 too many. So I try 43 heddles on shafts 7 through eight and 42 on shafts 1 through 3. Well, that gives me 341 heddles or one too few.
Since the second figure, while not exact, comes closer to the number I need, that is what I will go with. But I know that the ground under me feels very unsupportive…. On the other hand, I know that if I learn when I get to the center posts that I have made a mistake, it is not the end of the world. I can release the heddle holders from the center posts (the posts are at both the top and the bottom) and move heddles one way or the other. But it is awkward, and if I have to release all of them, the skin on my thumb gets very sore.
In this close up photo, the lease sticks are visible behind the heddles. They are at a pretty good height for me to be able to thread the heddles while I am sitting on my regular weaving bench. One bout is at the right of the heddles, only to ensure, while I am away from the loom, that those carefully counted heddles will not somehow slip back to the other heddles at the far right. I do have a cat…..
I enjoy the threading process. Threading is an activity I can easily fit into those bits of time between other activities. And right now those other weaving activities in particular are going to include dealing with the warp I have removed from the loom. That is very high priority. Also, I need to update the paperwork for this current warp.