Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Mannings

Tomorrow I leave for Pennsylvania to attend a color and weave workshop at The Mannings. The special workshop was put together for the Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild. It should be fun.

I'm a convert! After taking Kati Reeder Meeks workshop I went home and built a trapeze and immediately created a 9.5 yard
tartan warp using Jagger Spun 2/18 100% Superfine Merino 386 ends at 30 epi. I created a similar warp back in September with the help of my DH and it was painful. All the fine threads kept sticking together and little fur balls would build up and the threads would get stuck in the heddles or reed and break.

With the help of the trapeze I was able to dress the loom back-to-front without any assistant and was able to do it quickly.

Winding the warp.
The trapeze is attached to the loom, the rattle is in place and the warp is attached to the rod.

The warp goes up and over the PVC pipe.

The weights are attached to the other end. Once the warp is cranked on the trapeze is removed and the heddles are threaded.Sleying the reed using an auto-denter.
Time to weave. This tartan is called Sutherland District scarf half sett.If you ever have a chance to take a workshop with Kati, DO IT, you won't be sorry.


Rebecca said...

Have fun, Teri! I love reading about your new-found love but am hoping you won't be giving up your KNITTING!

Sandra D. said...

Wow! Just wow!

I may just have to break down and take a beginning weaving class one of these days. Of course, I'm afraid of the same thing that happened when I took the spinning classs.... and I don't have any more room! (that was the biggest reason for the upright wheel vs. a traditional style).

vanessa said...

i'm speechless!

Leigh said...

Excellent photos and explanation. Thanks!

Dad_Who_Spins said...

Terri, I ran across your blog post from March 2007 on the warping with a trapeze. Did you construct your own warping trapeze with the PVC pipe at the top?