Saturday, January 21, 2012

Deborah Chandler I'm tipping my hat :o)

Just so you all know (or guessed) I've been busy as a bee with this project! First  I decided to read what I call "The Weaving Bible" (especially for beginners).. I tried both methods of sleying from the back and the front and each time I messed up something awful :o(....Reading a little further in the chapter..I came upon her "Hybrid Method" well, being Stubborn as a mule ( I think I said that before)..I decided to try it ..what could I lose..( I've already lost my mind with this project, so maybe some sanity in due). So I began again to "Sley the Reed"(300 epi).Then progress to tieing the ends onto the back beam..(that was no easy feat, my unit came out of the socket, and I had to yell for Cecil to come quick..(I swear there is always something)..after that I had to move the heddles out of the way..take the Reed out and tie it up in back of the castle  ...Now just explaining it sounds like it was a one two three job...not on you best day!!..I worked into the night and first thing this morning..all day and I'm not half done switching the ends from the reed to the Heddles, then from the Heddles back to the Reed...GEEZZ! but I will say this..I've had more control doing it this way than ever before...: I've disconnected the Reed and have put it into the back of the castle tied down on the  sticks

This picture shows the Heddles moved out 
of the way to pass the Reed through. I will now take the ends out of the Reed and put them through the Heddles from the back..I still go around to the front and recheck myself in the count and tie up the ends so I don't pull them out accidentally...Whew! it's not an easy one two three's an  hour one two and three for two three four days..
The last picture shows the Heddles almost half done..Break time!


Daisy said...

Oh my goodness, Ginny. Sounds like you have been literally all tied up!! :D Looks like you are making some progress though. Hope it keeps working for you. Have a good weekend!

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

tied up is the word for it :o) leave it to you to leave me smiling :o)

Robin said...

I am totally loom ignorant and have no idea what I am looking at or what you are talking about!

I'll just wait to see the finished product :)

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

sorry about that one babe :o) sometimes I'm of a like mind when I screw it up :o)...I'm getting there in between the doing it careful "Weaving" is contagious :o) if you get close enough you'll catch it :o)

Mrs.Pickles said...

all i can say is wow that looks really really difficult! You sure are one smart cookie!!

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

Mrs Pickles
I'd love to agree with you :o) but there are times when I felt like crying ..fix one end and two mess up..but that's the price of learning to do better.

Kris said...

Before long you will be a weaving expert and they will be calling you Ginny Norma Rae. I worked in a denim mill when I was younger and I can still remember how loud those mechanical looms were.

After working in a mill, I can't imagine weaving for a hobby. :) I only worked there for about a year, but that was enough motivation for me to finish school. I thank the Lord for that hard work experience because it made me appreciate things more today.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

just amazing! Ginny, its incredible watching all of this. great job!

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

you were lucky :o)...many of us wish we could change things today and start from way back :o) I'd be a movie star and would have done better trying to keep my size 7 figure at only 98 pounds :o)

aw shucks! (blushing, and twrilling my toe in the floor ) it ain't hard :o) when you get it right..:o)

Leigh said...

Deborah Chandler "taught" me how to weave! Love that book; she gave me so much confidence that there is no one "right" way to warp.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

were you taught personally by her or are you referring to the book? Anyway, I say that book is " The Bible of Weaving for beginners" :o)