I am so warped!

and unwarped and warped again.  The “new” 60″ Leclerc Gobelin arrived.  It came with a tapestry started and at first I had thoughts about playing around finishing the weaving.  I looked at the tapestry for abit and decided that I didn’t really like it all that much.  The tension seemed just a bit off – unless it normal to have a dozen sticks and dowels wedged throughout the warp? and to have a difference of 3″ between the tension screw adjustments?  Out with the scissors! cut, cut, pull, pull, and finally! my loom is naked.  Shots of Blaster and my tension screws finally move.

What I’ve learned today (well, day before yesterday – I’m slow posting) – two shots of plain weave are not the same as twining.  I know – everyone should know that – but I didn’t.  I didn’t have the foggiest about how to space the warp on a vertical loom – but I do now.  You can’t squeeze 12 ends of 3/42 wool knotted together into the warp beam groove of a Leclerc Gobelin.  The warping directions are not written for what I’m doing. Dorothy the cat can jump from the Supercard table onto the top of the Gobelin, where she can reach the ceiling fan (not on today) and can also jump to the shelves above the windows where she can entertain herself by pushing cones of yarn off onto my head.  She’s got a rather devilish streak. I love vertical rug weaving!!!!! It’s fantastic!!!  For the Jacob Sheep rugs that I’ve been weaving, it adds a whole new dimension in being able to see the entire rug at once.  HMMM – maybe just a touch of gray would look just right over there at the left?  I don’t know if I will ever do any of the incredibly fine tapestries that I so much admire (but the thought is there 🙂 ) .

 I’m not a very patient person – except when I’m weaving or spinning. I don’t know what it is about weaving and spinning that I find so calming.  Spinning I can understand.  I’m a rather talented spinner and can spin anything any way I want.  I just “took” to spinning from the first.  Weaving? I use warp threads that are not suitable for warp because that’s what I have around and the warp breaks.  I make mistakes in threading and sleying.  For some reason, fixing weaving mistakes is a “no big deal” sort of thing for me.  Just find the problem and fix it. Maybe it’s the simplicity of identifying a problem and knowing how to fix it that appeals to me? Life should be so simple 😀

 Oh – another thing I learned (way back when) – if you don’t like it on the loom, the needles, the crochet hooks, etc, it’s not going to get better. RIP IT OUT!

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2 Responses to I am so warped!

  1. Thanks, Diane

    They can sure look abit awkward when they are sleeping with their heads supported by the horns. 🙂 especially the rams. They do look like they are sleeping with huge curlers.

    We shear in March. I sell very few fleeces, as I sell most of my wool as handspun yarn (and some as roving). If you’re interested in a fleece, let me know and I’ll see what I’ll have available after shearing. A good place to find Jacob fleece is http://www.jsba.org/fibersalelist.htm

  2. Diane says:

    I just found your website/blog via Spin-List. I love the watercolor image of your Jacob sheep! When do you shear and do you sell your fleeces? One more question:
    How do those dear sheep sleep with such huge arching horns? I remember having to sleep with huge curlers on my head and how my neck was sore in the morning!
    Diane Leirer in Bloomington, Indiana

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