Friday, June 6, 2014

Well, chalk this piece up to a learning curve.  I was kind of frazzled and in a hurry when I was warping because I just wanted to get something up and weaving on the loom because we were at a demo.  I didn't think very long or very hard about how much warp I truly needed to be sure I had...and I should have.  I also should have known better! Hindsight being 20/20...Oh, well :)
So, I will have to find a use for this piece.  It's roughly 2.5 inches wide by around 52 inches long.  Certainly not long enough for the leg wraps that I originally had in mind.  
That being said, I learned more about how to weave on the loom and I know my next project will be that much better because of it.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I rolled some up...and I can see things I need to work on.

So I've rolled it up some.  It really shows how much draw-in I have at the top which I'm not happy about.  But, since this is only the third time I've warped a wwl, I'm trying not to be to upset about it - just taking note and learning for next time.
My working hypothesis is that I need to weave the header band tighter.  This would cause the warp threads to be closer together and there would be less draw in.  Besides the very first bit, it's still fairly uniform.  I find it harder to stay uniform with the constant stopping and starting, but life makes it necessary.  I'll be done with the current warp by this weekend.  I'll be teaching a class on warp weighted weaving the following weekend - which means the second leg wrap will be started for sure. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Going to teach a class on warp weighted weaving soon!

I'm starting to get excited about the idea of teaching a class on warp weighted weaving at a local SCA event.  My plan is to hopefully have the Oseburg loom by then so I can have warps in various stages for people to try it out. 

I was thinking of having it set up like this:

One warp on the Oseburg loom so that people can try building the warp and can see the mechanics of it.

One warp sewn onto the Warp Weighted loom so then they can try it out.

We'll start by everyone doing a few passes on the Oseburg loom (hopefully) and then we can move on to the chaining, weaving of heddles, adding weights, and actually weaving.  I guessed that the class part may last about four hours - but I am sure that people will wander in and out as there are many classes happening at the same time.  I think I'll end up doing an overview to start out with and then just keep it going as people have time to pop in and out...and I have to make a handout.

Sometimes reading the stats for this blog are interesting...

I am glad that I started recording things on this blog again as I find that I enjoy looking at the stats and it makes me happy to think that people might be learning more about warp weighted weaving by reading about my meandering path of trial and error.

That being said...

You have to wonder what was happening on May 5, 2014 that 61 people looked at a blog about warp weighted weaving :)

I also find it interesting all of the people from different countries that have viewed the blog.

Here is the breakdown by country so far for the month of May:

United States
Dominican Republic
Czech Republic

Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm ready for my first "roll up"...

 Was able to get some weaving done the beginning of this week.  The weaving is approximately 27" inches long at this point - fairly even (there is one spot I'm not as happy with, but I'm trying to be better about just leaving it and not obsessing about it...) and about 2.5 inches wide...or so (again trying not to obsess..).

I rolled it up some to test and I'm pretty sure I won't have to drop the weights and tie them lower until the next roll up.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wonderful hubby has agreed to make me a new tablet loom...

I'm so excited! It will make warping the loom easier :) 

Hopefully this weekend, since we are home, my plan is to set the loom up and get some weaving done during nap time. 

We shall see...keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, April 28, 2014

...and now I need to start asking my patient husband for an Oseberg tablet weaving loom.

Before I start the next leg wrap, I'd like to have one of these:

 This is the Oseberg find tablet weaving loom.  Up until now I have been doing all my tablet weaving on my inkle loom or back-strap, but after using one of these to help warp the loom at Pensic a few years ago, I now know that this is a much easier way.  Why make it harder than it needs to be?

Here is one that someone else has already built and is using to weave the header band for a warp weighted loom:

Look how pretty their warp is all chained up!

Hopefully I'll be able to set-up my loom in the house soon and finish the band that is currently in progress.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pictures of me warping the loom at the Ren Faire :)

A big thank you to Mistress Maol for taking some pictures of me and my loom at the Ren Faire Demo.  I never remember to ask someone to take pictures of me doing something - I'll take them of what I'm doing, just not me doing it :)

 These are pictures of me chaining the warp.  This keeps the sheds clear so that threads don't "migrate" and it causes the sheds to move together better.

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 Theses are the new, easier to transport without breakage, weights that my husband made.  They are pieces of travertine tile shaped to look like period weights.  They travel so much better than the unfired clay and they are a lot cheaper. 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Amazing videos from the Norsk Folke Museum

While trying searching different combinations of words related to warp weighted weaving, I stumbled upon a treasure trove of documentary videos published by the Norsk Folkemuseum 

The videos are silent documentaries that have screen card explanations of what's happening (the same as the old black and white movies from the 1920's here).  They were all shot in the late 1940s to mid 1950's. I am so excited - I wish I could read Norwegian (I'll have to translate some of it when I get a chance). It's very interesting to see all the different variations as it seems each weaver or weavers has their own method in warping their loom.

Group of  house wives in 1950's Norway warping a loom.

Woman using a warp weighted loom to weave a strap.

These are my favorite - They show in detail from start to finish the warping and weaving of a rug/bed cover.  The first video doesn't have as much weaving, but it shows the rugs/bed covers in their many uses.

Friday, April 4, 2014

You tube videos that show a demonstration done in England in 2011

I found these on You Tube -

Her loom is warped with three heddle bars with looks to be a diamond twill.  You can also clearly see how she has used packs of cards on either side to add a selvage edge to the fabric.

In the second video you can really see how important the pin beater is to scallop the weft up - especially in a wide and more complex pattern like she is weaving...

Parking these here so I can watch them a few more times :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

So starts the research for peiod warp thread materials...

With weaving, especially on a weighted loom using hand spun wool, the kind of roving/wool used is very important.
Why? It's simple - stretch.  Short staple (the length of the fibers) stretch.  It's great for things that are knitted, crocheted, or even Naalbound, but not for weaving.  For weaving stretch is not a good thing and adding weight just makes it stretch more.
So what I'm looking for is a long staple wool, from an unaltered breed.
Unaltered breed - what's that you say?
Well, as you may or may not know, people like to tinker with mixing different breeds of animals together to produce an animal that is better suited to their needs.  This is normally not a bad thing, however, for the purpose of authenticity, using an unaltered breed is the best idea. (i.e.Anglo-Saxons would not have has access to wool from a sheep that didn't exist until 1847 :)
Lucky for me, England is actually into preserving unaltered breeds and ordering my roving is now just a few clicks away...Yay inter-webs!

Here is a website that I found that carries roving from unaltered breeds here in the US:

For my purpose I may use this one:

Cotswold originated in the hills of Gloucestershire, England from indigenous stock and is one of the oldest breeds known to us. It has contributed to the ancestry of other breeds in UK and Europe. It is large with a white face, wool on the legs, with a characteristic lock of wool on the forehead. Cotswold sheep are noted for their long, strong fiber, with lustrous natural wavy curls.

    Micron 33-40
    USDA Wool Grade 36’s-46’s
  • STAPLE LENGTH 12-15" - though many are sheared twice a year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Playing catch up/pictures owed...

I owe some elevation outfit pictures and so I'll post those first.
My elevation outfit was late Anglo-Saxon and completely documented.  My colors are green and gold and so I choose the shades of green and gold linen that I used because they were the colors that matched colors known to exist in period from the Regia Dye Project.  The dresses were sewn together with a blue contrasting linen thread - this was symbolic (as well as period decoration) in that Lorcann's colors are blue and silver (I sewed his Knighting clothes with green thread).  The dresses were sewn entirely by hand using the documented stitching technique of sewing the garment together using running stitch, then because it's linen, going back and felling all the seams.  The trim on the dress is blue silk, again taken from the Regia Dye Project, and accented with gold silk embroidery thread using a stem stitch. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

My new warp weighted loom is portable :)

My big loom was just too big to take places and weave for demonstration purposes. Lucky for me, Lorcann was nice enough to build me one that breaks down to fit inside my Hyundai Santa Fe. It's max width is about 36", but that is more than enough for the average little project. Recently the Barony of Wyvernwood has been demonstrating at the Bay Area Renaissance Faire so we determined that taking it out there would be a good test run.

This is the loom warped with weaving in progress.

This is an up close shot of the weaving.  This is a basket weave - technically a half basket as the pattern is 2 warp threads to one weft thread.  Basket weave means that the threads are in a 2:2 ratio versus a 1:1 ration for a tabby weave.  Anything besides those two weaves requires another heddle bar.  There is a little bit of drawing in at the top, which I probably could have fixed, but it's not that big a deal.  The baby still requires a great of attention and reweaving wasn't "in the cards".  Besides, I can just cut that part off as this will become a leg wrap for Lorcann eventually.  He does benefit from making me things ;)

This is a shot of the chained warp.  As you can see it's not a huge warp because I wanted to be able to accomplish at least the warping in the time that I was out at the Faire.

This is an up close of the heddles.  They moved around some, but they did their job.

This is a picture of me in the process of warping the cards to weave the the warp into the header band.

These are some shots of my loom without any warp as it had just been completed.

Monday, March 24, 2014

...Three years later

It has been a very busy three years. The next event after my elevation, my husband won Crown list. This of course left little time for weaving. After we stepped down,we both got new jobs in Tampa and had to go about the business of moving, dealing with the old house, and renovating the new one. Once that was on its way, we started another project, and Lukus Patrick Tallent joined us on June 12th 2013. So yes, a busy three years. Lately things have been calming down a bit and I've had more time to work on fiber arts projects again. I'll hopefully be posting some of the new things I've been doing (I now have a portable warp weighted loom) as well as some of the various things I have made over the last couple years. Stay tuned :)