Thursday, April 9, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Well, in truth, the cross is twisted.

Raddling has clearly not gone without a problem. When I was inserting the back rod and lease sticks in preparation for raddling, I suspected that I was going to be in trouble. Because the color was so dark, I simply had trouble seeing what was going on with the threads.

The cross is crossed My suspicion was rewarded. When I went to enter the warp bouts into the raddle I learned that of the seven bouts, four of the crosses were twisted.

If you look carefully at what is going on at the top stick, you might be able to see the twist. I am going to have to learn something about focusing this camera when I move in close.

To see a better photo of a twisted cross, go to my earlier post, Twist at Lease Sticks.

The first time I found a twist, I made a dreadful mess of getting it untwisted. I ended up with most of the warp ends going either above both lease sticks or else below them. A few did go over and under as they should.

My hope is that this does not ruin the warp. But I should be able, at the very least, to keep the threads in each of those raddle ends together when I thread. And it is a short warp.

The rest of the bouts I untwisted just fine. Actually, what I ended up doing was removing all the remaining bouts from the lease sticks and the back rod. Then I worked with one bout at a time. This way I was not having to constantly remove and replace bouts.

Related Post: Another Raddling Tip

The Cross is Crossed” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on April 9, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Susan B. said...

Wincing in sympathy! Dark warps are difficult!

Laura said...

Hi Peg,

I tie the four arms of the X, not the waist. That makes it much easier to find and orient the lease sticks in the cross. :)



Holly said...

What caused it to twist?

Peg in South Carolina said...

Hi Susan, thanks for the wincing! Sewing on dark fabrics, knitting with dark yarns, these too are difficult.
Holly, I caused it to twist. When I picked up the second half of the cross somehow i reversed which half was supposed to be up and which down. I think that keeping the counting cross in (at the waist, as Laura calls it!), tends to confuse me when I pick that second half up to put the lease rod through.

Lynnette said...

I've done the same darn thing a few times, now I tie the 4 arms of the cross using one colour for the top and a different colour for the bottom. It really helps to keep things straight.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Lynette, using different colors is a fantastic idea! Now, not only do I have to make a note of this, but I also need to figure out where to put it so that I do not forget it!!! Thanks!