Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Posted by Peg in South Carolina


This draft represents only a very small part of the threading.  And the colors are not those I will be using.  I chose them in order to see clearly what is going on. The treadling is based on overshot treadling.  That is, for each given block, I simply repeat that particular treadle x times. 

Overshot requires a tabby between shots or the floats will be excessively long.  But that is not possible in this crackle draft because there is no plain weave possible.  No plain weave; no tabby.  So the threads that will be used to prevent excessively long floats will be called binder shots here.

What I would then ordinarily do is one of two things:

  1. Find a treadle for the binder shot which would give me something close to the opposite of the pattern shot.
  2. For each pattern shot in a given block, treadle one of the remaining treadles, a different one for each pattern shot.

I have done something only slightly different here. For each block I have picked two different treadles for the binders and alternated them for the duration of the block.

But I have done something else a bit different as well.  Not only are the binder shots a different color from the pattern weft;  the shot on one treadle is one color, and the shot on the other treadle is a different color.

The pattern shots will be use 60/2 silk;  the binder shots will use 120/2 silk. This difference will obscure a bit the pattern colors, which is exactly what I want. 

The trick to all this, is going to be choosing colors.  My overall idea is start with everything pretty much the same color—the browns and browned greens of the warp—and then slowly to bring in brighter colors, first in the binder shots, then in the pattern shots.

Test weaving and threading error

The photo on the left is from the original sampling, together with the as-of-then uncorrected threading errors.  The place to look at is the last 4 blocks.  Again, these are not the colors I will be using in the actual piece, but it does give an idea of the kind of effect I am after as well as the possibilities for manipulation of colors for lesser or greater clarity of blocks. In short, the binder shots wil serve much more than to provide a stable fabric;  they will be an essential part of the color plan.





Treadling Pattern Decided” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on January 25, 2011. ©2011 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Ready to weave again 2

Yes, ice resulted in yet another voice lesson cancellation (till tomorrow) and so gave me the opportunity to get back to work on my much neglected warp.  The progress is clearly visible.

I did the following:

  1. I cut off the woven segment in the center, letting the warp ends hang loose from the beater.
  2. I tied those ends in groups of 32 ends in loose temporary knots
  3. I replaced all the knots with overhand knots.  
  4. I cut the ends off the overhand knots so that they would be even
  5. I lashed the ends to the front bar, using medium polyester cord.
  6. I adjusted the warp ends for even tension
  7. I threw the first shot on treadle 1
  8. I corrected the the crossed warp ends that that shot revealed.
  9. I threw shots on each of the six treadles, repeating this several times.
  10. I readjusted the tension
  11. I stopped for the day

Needless to say, I am mightily pleased with myself!

What I now must do.

  1. Try to figure out which of the sample treadlings I am going to use.  A few months ago, I knew which one, but I didn’t make a note and so…………
  2. Figure out what colors I want to start weaving with
  3. Wind the necessary bobbins
  4. Double check the warp tension.
  5. Hold my breath
  6. Breathe
  7. Start weaving

But not tomorrow.

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Ice Brings Me Back to the Loom” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on January 11, 2011. ©2010 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina

Monday, January 10, 2011


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

We have snow today, with ice promised for this afternoon and evening.  I am supposed to have a voice lesson this afternoon.  On Facebook yesterday my teacher posted a notice that if the storm came in, lessons would be canceled.  Sooooooooooooo…………….

What a perfect opportunity, I thought to myself, to steal an hour to finish sleying the warp.  Whoopeee!!

Resleying done

As is clear from the photo, I am still not ready to tie on.  I still have to cut off the correctly sleyed central portion and tie those cut ends into groups of 8 (for a total of 32 ends).  But the hardest part is done.  And even my beloved auto sley hook worked like she should.

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Resleying Done and I am Stunned” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on January 10, 2011. ©2010 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Today I went back to the loom—at last!—to continue the interminable sleying.  Much to my joy I finished sleying the right side.  That was all I had intended to do today.  But……………..there really wasn’t a whole lot to sley on the left side…………….why don’t I just make a start?

Sleying the left side has been a nightmare, largely because of the threading.  On the right side, the loom was threaded such that every 4 threads were pulled from one set of shafts and every other 4 threads were pulled from the second set of shafts.  And there are 4 ends in each  space. 

But on the left side, I clearly did something with the threading.  No threading error really shows because the error was in a transition from one block to another.  But because of this error, every 4 threads I pull out to sley has 3 ends from one set of shafts and 1 end from the other.  That way lies madness.  Even my fancy auto sley hook gave me such grief that I had to resort to pulling out only 4 ends at a time and sleying it with an ordinary sley hook.

I did get 16 ends sleyed on the left side and, given a fresh start on another day, I should be able to finish it in one sitting.  Hope springs eternal…………..

I do actually have plans for this miserable warp.  It had, long long ago, been intended as a shawl for a competition.  Forget it.  What I am now thinking of is creating some pillows out of it, perhaps cutting it up into patchwork.  If I do the patchwork thing, it could possibly work into an interesting vest.

I do hope my imagination returns when I start the actual  weaving!

Happy New Year!

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Getting There But Going Crazy” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on January 4, 2011. ©2010 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina