Friday, 8 May 2015

Weaving for the first time - Part 2

Read Part 1 here.

So at the end of the previous stage, the loom looked like this:
Photo (c) Isabella von Holstein 2015

You can't weave like this, as all the threads are hanging flat in one plane. You need to divide them into (at least) two layers. Two layers is enough to be able to weave a tabby textile. This is the simplest cloth construction possible for a loom (baby steps for us).

The next stage was to rearrange the attachment of the warp threads to the weights. We divided each loop of thread we made last week into a forward thread and a backward thread, which alternate:
Photo (c) Isabella von Holstein 2015

Then we attached all the forward threads to one set of weights, and all the backward ones to another:

Go to Part 3.