Thursday, 19 March 2009

The magic colour-changing warp

Last weekend, in addition to getting stuck into the garden, I tied on a blue warp to what was left of the hand-painted warp and wove it off as a sample for the next intended project. When I'd woven the blue warp I realised that there was enough of the hand-painted warp still on the loom to make a shortish scarf, so decided to weave that up as well. That may have been a mistake, given it's tied to the too-weak merino at the other end, but we'll see.

It gives a cool effect if you take a photo at the right time though.

The weft for the hand-painted warp is the green silk cap in my previous post.


  1. hmm, i should start doing that i guess. would probably waste less yarn that way. hmm.

  2. Especially if you do production weaving on the scale you're discussing, yes!

    This method doesn't really save you time with beaming, but it saves you all the time you'd use in threading and sleying - which is handy if you're making several things the same. In my case, I'm now about to make my...(counts)...fourth pleated scarf. I've been having fun experimenting with how different warps work with the pleats.

  3. i think i've seen pleats that are woven in rather than sewn in. hmm. don't know how that's done, but think it's warpways.

    glad to hear you're planting tatties. i did that last year and only lost 1/3rd of them to blight. quite happy. gonna do brocolli this year

  4.'s worth the year's wait for it to grow.

    I have purple sprouting brocolli that's been in the garden since spring. I'll cut the first of it next week. It will be savoured.

    Pleats are really easy - they're a 1/3, 3/1 twill, and if you get the set right, the threads will push each other into the pleat shape.

  5. i see . . .

    actually, no i don't. i think i'll wait on that one till i get to college. sad to say, but loom time's too important just now to spend experimenting. i have to turn a huge amount of yarn into rugs and scarves before i move out of this house