- The yarn must be attached to a beam in the front.
- Each piece of yarn must be passed through an individual slit in a "reed", which looks a lot like a big metal comb.
- Each piece of yarn must be passed through the eye of an individual needle-like thing, called a heddle, hanging in a wooden frame.
- The yarn must be attached to a beam in the back.
Here is a back view - part-way through the warping process - where you can see individual strands of yarn put through the holes (or eyes) of the hanging heddles. There are four frames containing heddles, and the sequence in which you thread the frames impacts your final pattern. I was using a sequence that repeated a pattern every 10 yarns, and so I used red thread to bundle every 10 heddles to help me keep my place.
Finally, the part that all this careful threading is leading up to - the scarf pattern emerged quickly once I started weaving! Isn't it beautiful? I hope my Grandmother loves it! :)
I really, really, really want to get back into the sewing room too! But after weeks of not doing ANYTHING related to fiber arts, it felt good to get any project up and running! :)
I noticed that I'm coming up on my 300th post - I think I'll make it an official tradition and have another Kiva gift certificate give-away. (Kiva lets people join forces to give small loans to entrepreneurs in the third world. I usually help budding seamstresses or tailors, but you can choose anyone. Once the loan is paid back to you, you can apply the money towards something special for your sewing room!) Check back later this week to sign up!
In the meantime, I hope you had a productive sewing weekend and that your week gets off to a good start! :)