Let's pretend it is Thursday! It's another weaving of embroidery and textiles...
I found these gorgeous yarns and textile strands in my stash. It pays to knit and sew because so many scraps are generated to tie into this warped universe! I love the sparkly stuff and all the strands tied together. Using a table swift you can tie more together and wind them up. Having a ball winder makes it happen quicker.
A sewing studio is often filled with machines, a cutting table, and storage units. Even a small loom requires space when you are first creating the warp. The warp is the strands you will be weaving up and down through, in case this is new to you. I know I want the next scarf to be 72 inches so I need to have that length available while setting it up. I can't fit in any more furniture so I use what is in the room.
I clamp my loom to one end of my cutting table. On the far end, I open and extend the drawer to my storage cabinet and secure the dowel and voila! 72"
Depending upon how all those yarns, ribbons, braiding and fluffy strands weave up will determine whether or not I want to add embroidery. I have no idea what it will look like. My friend, Stevie came over to see the loom in action and she did suggest I weigh all the yarns to ensure I could split them up in case symmetry becomes important. Not sure yet but everything has been weighed and split into two groups.
Having two people setting the loom up really helps with proper tension during the "wind ups". Thank you, Stevie! I use my old stitch in the ditch paper to wind the warp onto the loom. First you tie the yarn to the warp beam, begin winding and then slip the paper in between so that the rows of yarn being wound are kept separate. Perhaps it keeps the yarns from tangling - I do this because I read this in my Cricket directions and I am not ready to venture off as a newbie.
I've got the leader done in bright orange so when I remove it at the end of the project it will be easily identified. I keep reusing the same orange yarn for this purpose. It truly is waste yarn. I will weave this up over the weekend and by Tuesday it will be up on the blog with or without embroidery depending on what all these yarns do!