Handweaving

over, under, over, under, over, under.

Of course, the very beginning of cloth is in a seed or from the hair follicles of an animal. The history of cloth is a thread that runs many thousands of years deep. But for me, once yarn is dyed and cloth is designed, the weaving proces commences.

In my practice, usually, but not always - yarns are first wound into a warp on a warping reel or board. The warp is then taken to the loom for a very careful ritual of arranging the warp ends on the loom - 'beaming the warp'. Once the warp threads have been carefully and successfully stationed on the loom, indivudual heddles are threaded (as in the photo above), the warp is tied on to the cloth beam (as in the photo below), the treadles are tied up and now the weaver only has to keep bobbins full of weft yarn and keep the beat. Loom music.

When the warp has been fully woven and filled with weft, the process is not over. The fresh cloth must be cut from the loom, sewn or have the fringe twisted if it isn't secured by a hemstitch, wet finished and finally, ironed. Careful handwork all the way.

 

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