Thursday, April 16, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

The loom is back together. This means that the top of the beater is back on; the front back beam is set back in; and the front breast beam is back in place.

The 15-dent reed is centered in the beater. And the treadles are tied up.

Also, my auto-denter is at the ready.

I started sleying after returning from an eye examination. An eye examination which required not one drop in each eye, but two different drops. Obviously I couldn’t get to work right away.

But I got to work sooner than later simply because I had my trusty auto-denter. I sleyed the right half with no problems. Occasionally, as I double-checked, I found four ends instead of five in a dent. But I never found a missed dent or eight ends instead of four ends in a dent. To be able to do that with my eyes still feeling the impact of those drops is a real tribute to the auto-denter.

But now all this must stop in preparation for the arrival of the grandchild. Oh, and daughter as well……(grin!).

Related Posts:
Sleying the Reed: Managing the Warp Ends
Sleying the Reed (using the auto-denter)

Now to Sley the Reed was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on April 16, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Dave Daniels said...

I ***LOVE*** my auto-denter, too. Honestly, with astigmatism in both eyes, I'd never get the reed sleyed correctly. This is one of my most valuable tools.
Thanks for the link to her video. It was interesting to see her method compared to my own.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Yes, I have astigmatism as well. So for 15-dent and smaller reeds, the auto-denter is a life saver. Thank you, too, for sharing your response to the video.