Of the two fabrics I have planned for this warp, I have completed the first and taken it off the loom, as you can see:
I could have left it on and simply started weaving the second, since they are using the same warp, but I was a little concerned about my warp tension, especially on one side. When I first tied my 2-sticks to the front apron rod (see b2f, Weaving the Header, June 4, 2006) I put ties about every 3 inches or so. However, I didn’t feel like I'd gotten all the ties evenly tight, especially on the right side, and in fact the warp was a little loose on that side.
So once I finished the required amount for the first fabric, I wove in two more sticks, and cut off the first fabric. This time lashed the sticks to the apron rod:
Happily, my tension remains even across the warp as I begin my second fabric. This time I’m using only one color for the weft, the darker blue, creating vertical stripes from the log cabin variation warp pattern. I guess one could call it a log cabin stripe.
Charleen asked what I’m going to do with my yardage. My plan is to make a top with the log cabin pattern and a matching skirt with the stripe, at left. (I wasn’t too keen on a plaid-like skirt, wanting longer, slimming type lines you know ;). Of course, this plan will depend on how well the washing machine cooperates with what I planned for shrinkage!
In regards to shuttle throwing, I’m think I’ve got my problem licked. I’ve worked hard to keep my throw straight and even, (though I do throw a wild one once in awhile.) I’ve learned to keep my warp tension as tight as I can and have also experimented with my different shuttles. I found that my 11 inch Norwood works the best.
With all this, I continue to be very happy with the back to front method of warping my loom. Even so, I'm still holding my breath until I get to the end of my warp!
Next ..... b2f Log Cabin Weaving
Posted 13 June 2006 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com
b2f - Warp Sleyed
b2f - Weaving The Header
b2f Log Cabin Weaving