Sunday, 4 March 2012

Just short

Is it really two months since my last post? I'm a bad blogger. I guess I've been so busy doing, I've not got around to typing about it. But I've been busy, with a pile of things I should post. Here's today's effort though: a 16-inch wide warp of 60/2 silk, natural-dyed. There are alternating threads of silk dyed with eucalyptus chordata and a blend of henna and madder. Hands up those who see the problem with the below picture though.

See the bout still taped to the lease stick in the left of the photo? And the distinct lack of heddles left on the loom? I've owned this loom for what must be six years now, and I've never bothered to calculate how many heddles I had. There were always (sometimes just) enough. It turns out it had 100 on each shaft, for a total of 800 heddles. This warp is 16 inches wide at 60 epi - 960 ends. Toss in the "emergency" hundred heddles I had set aside and I'm still an inch short.

I know I could make some, but it's Sunday evening. Off to buy heddles and hope they're here for next weekend!


  1. Welcome back, and happy weaving!

  2. Whoops! But how frustrating... I will admit to being paranoid about running out of heddles and counting several times before threading. My mistakes usually involve needing a repair heddle or two, or sorting out some bizarre cross between reed and heddle - or within the shafts. Arrgh.

  3. Thanks Meg. When I get to weaving, that is!

    Alison: I used to worry about running out of heddles, which is why I had the spare hundred. But it never happened, and this time I must confess it didn't even occur to me! Fortunately this is a busy week and I wouldn't have a chance to weave anyway. Hopefully I can get to it on the weekend, because it's going to be a 4-day weekend.