The blue cotton was a mystery cone that I didn’t know how much was on it so I pulled the warp in 50 thread groups. And I tied on from the middle of the warp so if I ran out I could change the pattern as I needed. Thankfully I was able to squeak out enough for the entire warp although I did make the warp short but the width remained the same.
For the weft I used white cotton, actually the same stuff that was the warp in the previous runners (it is a really big cone of white cotton!). I love blue and white colour combination; it’s so clean and classic.
The last 6 inches of weaving was terrible. I had eased the knots through the heddles and they were sitting just behind the beater. Every time I changed treadles I had to clear the shed, all the knots were sticking. How come the knots were OK behind the heddles but in front they were a sticky mess?! I was able to slowly weave until I was 4 inches away from the knots.
I don’t think that I will tie on another warp. I don’t think that it actually is a faster warping process than what I do now. I don’t think that it saves me any warp either. This time I was able to have only 4 inches of warp waste but next time I wouldn’t weave with the knots past the heddles so I wouldn’t save any warp. I just found the whole process tedious, slow and frustrating.
But the runners are off the loom. They are sitting in a pile waiting to be washed. I hope to get to them sometime this week. They look great and I can’t wait to see them washed, hemmed and on a table!