We have ordered an Ashford (manual) carding machine and electric spinner (they appear to be the only make available in this country), so, once they arrive we will hopefully be able to process Miranda, Minky and Kris' fibre and I will be able to weave with that in future.
|You can clearly see the warp thread that I couldn't|
rectify - it had been threaded in the incorrect
heddle when RMan and I set up the warp. Lesson
learned, Loom :)
Whatever you initially do to set up your loom will positively, or negatively, affect the woven fabric produced. Note to self - "Take your time setting up the loom, Dani". Being new to the whole weaving thing, it is taking me roughly 4 - 5 hours to set up the loom. Admittedly, I do not have a warping frame and use a stick tied to the back of a dining room chair to prepare my warp threads. It's not ideal, and I'm hoping that RMan can knock me up a simple warping frame early next year.
|The edges of the piece I was weaving are all|
uneven. No matter how much I try and keep
the tension equal, the edges are scruffy...
|Catching the incorrect threads on the shaft I'm|
working with results in loose threads. Again,
I've learned my lesson, Loom
I also discovered when I finished my first test piece that I had managed to catch some incorrect weft threads - resulting in the above picture.
Ah, well - it's all a learning curve :)
I have only woven using two of the four shafts. I need to google how using all four shafts will affect the fabric produced by the loom.
And I need to find out low I can make the woven fabric more "lacy" and not so thightly woven.
But, with all the hiccoughs, I'm loving weaving, and have the loom set up in the dining room so that whenever I have a free moment I can sit down and continue weaving immediately...