Maybe I should have titled this post serious weaver? Anyway, the mixed orange wool warp was beamed on yesterday morning.
While tall and rather imposing, Hey Baby is easy to warp by yourself using Jane Staffords method with modifications...of course!
I needed Gene to just hold the warp while I released the ties holding the apron rod in place in case the rod itself dropped unevenly back on the sectional rakes (This won't be the norm). It didn't and I wound it that 3
inches until it was resting on the warp beam and let my helper go. He ran and got a camera, which accounts for the grumpy expression. At least it wasn't his little video camera!
Jack knows how to stay out of the way!
The warp went on pretty nicely. It behaved well but needed a fair amount of pulling on the bundles and thrumming by the raddle as it wanted so badly to tangle up and stick to itself.
Of course, after I got it all wound on and the ends cut,
the Texsolv I needed to change it over to a plain beam, arrived. We'll have to see how this plays out as it is. Threading has started but I was only able to get a few inches done yesterday. I'll have more time and less interruptions today..hopefully.
I took Susan's advice at Thrums and purchased a copy of "Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes, Miniature Overshot Patterns" by Norma Smayda et al. It arrived with the 20 yards of Texsolv and is just as wonderful as Susan says! I poured over it for a good hour and then started reading from the beginning. Little post-it arrows have already appeared to mark some of the patterns. My Dad made a foray up to Halcyon while on his way to a boat show and made the mistake of asking if I "needed" anything. He'll learn. :-)