Green Apple Crafts
Finally when the weaving is completed, the items are cut from the loom and finished as required - twisted fringe, hemming, washing and pressing. I hand hem all my products. I feel they deserve a finish that demonstrates as much care and old world charm as the rest of the weaving process.
I find people are always interested in the process - how we go from a few cones of thread to a finished item. Here you will find the beginnings of an answer to that question. If you are in my area, particularly during the Peggy's Cove Festival of the Arts Studio Tour, from July 14-16, 2017 I hope you will stop in and see it all in person. If you are visiting outside the Studio Tour dates, please call. If I am around, I would love to see you.
The desired weft thread (the thread that goes across and interweaves with the warp threads) is wound onto a bobbin and a shuttle is used to send the thread from one side to the other. The weaver's feet determine which warp threads lie above the crosswise thread and which lie below.
Each thread then goes through one slot (called a dent) of the reed. The reed keeps the warp spread to the desired width and is also used to press the thread into place. The warp ends are tied onto the front beam of the loom. Now I am ready to weave.
Then the heddles are threaded. The heddles are in frames called shafts that attach to foot treadles. Each thread goes through one heddle on one shaft. It is through raising combinations of these shafts that patterns are created.
After deciding what to make, calculating the amount of thread needed and the length of the warp (the warp is made up of the lengthwise threads on the loom), the warp is wound. I generally use an upright warping reel. The warp in these pictures is for rainbow tea towels made from the boucle cotton yarn. While I wind the threads, I use two of the pegs to cross the threads so that I maintain the right order.
The warp is moved to the loom where the threads are spread to the width of the finished product and then wound onto the back beam.
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