Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Posted by Peg in South Carolina 

Beamed warp ]


I have fussed and fussed, but no matter how many images I snapped, no matter how much playing with the software, nothing captures the “real” colors.  And I think that I now know why.  This is shiny soft silk and so the colors are continually changing according to the light.  I’m not just talking about things like florescent versus daylight.  I’m talking about the time of day and the angle of viewing as well.

In other lights the reds are more brown and the browns are more olive.  Those are what I have regarded as the “real” colors.  But, gosh darn, when I get up and look at that warp, these are the colors that are showing.


I was nevertheless so enraptured with the iridescent complexity of it that I thought for one brief moment about threading to a straight twill and weaving it off as a straight twill.  Well, if the crackle refuses to do what I want it to do, that is a definite possibility.


I did break some threads in the beaming process.  First time I have ever done this.  It took me awhile to realize what was going on.

On top of the loom I had positioned the 1” grouping raddle. (Go to the post “Using Two Raddles” to see what this was about.) Since I had made the actual warp in slightly less than 1” bouts, the bouts were split most of the time.  What was happening was that at the split, two warp ends, one one either side of the separating wire, would get caught and trapped.  So they tightened up and refused to budge so of course----snap!  

I think basically using that second raddle on the castle of the loom was an excellent idea.  But I have to make bouts that fit between the dividers when I do this again.

I’m not sure that I mended things correctly---there were three different breaks as I recall.  But things should work out anyway.

Beamed Warp” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on March 3, 2010. ©2010 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.


Delighted Hands said...

Sorry about the broken threads but good to know why now. The colors of this woven fabric will be so must be anxious to see it all come together!

Peg in South Carolina said...

Yes, I am excited and anxious. Just discovered I don't have enough heddles......