01 March 2012

Warp is weighted!

I have finished putting the weights on the warp -- all except for the selvedges, that is. Each selvedge is a pair of heavy single-ply wool yarns. I'm not sure they're strong enough to use a whole loomweight for each one, but I'm not sure what other choice makes sense. I want them to hang very straight and stiff so I can reduce the tendency to draw in while I'm weaving.

Here is one of my loomweights. They are terracotta, based on finds from the fourth century BCE in Macedonia.

And here is about half the warp, in the late afternoon sunshine. I opened the window to give more natural light for the photo, and the dramatic contrast made most of the photos useless. I kind of like this one, though.

Next up: heddle knitting!


  1. Wouldn't a single-ply with a weight on the end tend to un-twist? I might test a shortish length of the yarn off the loom to see how the yarn holds after a couple of hours.

    Also a proof of using temples in period?

    1. I'm not sure what question you're asking about the the use of temples. Are you asking whether there's proof of their use, or what?

      I am weighting two selvedge ends together. My hope is that the two ends together will be more stable than one, and that the comparatively heavy weight will keep unspinning to a minimum.

    2. That's what I thought at first too until I realized you have 2 ends not just one. I think, the weight will most likely act as a "spindle" and ply the 2 ends together, instead of unspinning it, if it does start to twist.