|Spreading the warp together.|
Everlasting in that it's everlastingly under construction :}
Christopher and I are learning harness weaving together, the same way that we spin alpaca and wool together. He's just about as interested as I am. Unexpected and fascinating, since he's 7 years old and otherwise spends his days whenever possible with a basketball, football, soccer ball, baseball, or bouncy ball in his hands. He's a pragmatic, careful learner and enjoys process and practice. To say that I'm happy to have such a sweet companion on the fiber journey is an understatement...
Spreading the Warp
In Swedish methods of setting up a loom the reed is used not only to beat back the yarn into place as new cloth, but is also an aid to spreading out the warp threads to the right width when setting up the warp threads on the loom.
The chained warp threads are temporarily set on top of the loom and each pair of threads is sleyed (pulled) through the reed at a predetermined distance apart so that it can be threaded onto the apron rod at the back of the loom.
Our sleying hook? A bent metal paper clip. More homemade tools :}
|Christopher sleys the warp through the reed as part of spreading it.|
|Warp spread and ready to thread onto the apron rod.|
|Worried about the warp slipping back through the reed? Thread a string through it :}|
That's all for this time. This afternoon we may get a chance to work on it some more, but the boys are each designing a board game for school, and we need to run around some, and I have June's Vacation Bible School work to do...already!
Next up, I hope: the Vernet project -- Bernhardt stays!