Jane, the loom

We’ve been apart as long as we were together

I got Jane late in 2015, but we’ve been separated since early last year and I miss her. Here’s some photos of plain Jane with her maiden warp and again later, looking a bit more tricked out. Also some gratuitous images of bobbins and warps.

I’m hoping for a reunion early next year. Jane is very bored with being in storage.

Here is a too-close view of my first multishaft weaving. Ai yai yai! Dressing the loom took hours and hours and hours. I lost the will to live on multiple occasions—it was So Hard. Straight draw across all eight shafts with really lousy yarn and that many threading and sleying errors. Eventually, in the fullness of time, it was done enough I could weave. My pattern book (Strickler) had not yet arrived but I had a basic idea about twill, so I just threw levers to see what happened. Probably all four shaft twills in the end.

The first image below is a Bateman blend using handspun for weft. William Bateman was a PhD chemist who made important contributions to weaving during his retirement.

The second image is the start of a warp for trying out turned taqueté and echo weave. This one is based on work by Bonnie Inouye, who is an outstanding weaver, author and teacher.

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