Weaving with Varying Warp Tension for Wavy Wefts

Weaving Cloth with Wavy Wefts, close up
Weaving Cloth with Wavy wefts, warp tensions, #2

The photos show tight and loose tension on the warps. this is what makes the wavy wefts. I show the mechanism we put on my 4-shaft loom in a previous post. Search for wavy wefts to see the loom and other posts on wavy wefts. It’s been fun experimenting!

A Good Weaving Idea Came Today

linen ruffle weaving

Just after I sat down to weave the cloth for my new ruffle, another good idea came. The scrap of paper with the idea is on the top of my desk now–on top of many previous idea-scraps. This one is for a ruffle, too. But I’m thinking if I use a soft, supple weft, I can “ruffle it up” warp-wise and weft-wise. I tried it on my last wavy weft sample and think it definitely has possibilities. The warp is linen but I think it will still bunch up nicely.

Weaving Sewing Thread Warp Update

Woven Cloth for Ruffle, 2nd view

I’m weaving another in my Ruffles series now on the sewing thread warp. I’m pleased that it is sheer–you can see the treadles through it. It’s slow going because the weft is very fine–like hair. Weaving double cloth is also slow. I maybe did 3 or 4 inches today in 45 minutes. It’s easy and meditative. I’m loving just weaving and weaving–it will take many sessions before it is long enough.

My Woven Cloth is Sheer

Woven Cloth for Ruffle

My new woven cloth is as sheer as I’d hoped. You can see the treadles through the cloth.With each of my recent warps, there is something different. This is my second sewing thread warp and I increased the sett a bit so the wefts won’t pack down when I beat on an open shed. (See “Weaving for Beginners” and Book #3, “Weaving & Drafting Your Own Cloth”.)

I Have Many Projects Going On

I’ve mentioned my fiber optics weaving project and the work on the blog and web site. These are just two things on my mind besides trying to weave the sewing thread warp and the wavy wefts warp. Another major item is making ebooks. Yet another is making an art book or a portfolio in book form. The keynote speech and seminars in Collapse Weaving and Supplementary Warp for our conference (CNCH) in May are also on my mind. I feel pregnant with at least 9 babies!