What is the first thing that should be done with yardage? Well if it is a +30 C day, you wrap your Mum in it to see how much yardage you have woven! I will always remember my first yardage now!
So to start at the beginning . . .
Last time I warped the Minerva I used a large dent raddle from a larger loom which worked but it could have been better. Therefore this time we tried something a little brave. Mum had an extra 5 dent reed so it was cut in half to be used as a raddle. First we placed it on the back of the castle, but the threads got caught between the wood and the raddle which just made a mess. Then the raddle was placed behind the castle (like in the photo) and it worked like a hot damn!
The yardage is intended for napkins and is a 1,3 twill on 8 shafts and reminds me of grapes. The warp is a 2/8 cotton in plum and the weft is 2/8 cotton in dusty rose. I ran out of weft so the last quarter is 2/8 Orlec in a similar dusty rose except it has a fantastic shine that the cotton doesn’t. I used a temple as the fabric pulled in; but since I like to use a temple it was not an inconvenience and made the selvedges great.
It was an easily remembered treadling and so I was able to sit down for hours with my iPod on and just weave (and sing along). It was great fun, it had a fabulous rhythm and each pattern repeat was an inch so the 6 yards seemed to go fast.