I'm so pleased. I did my first woven item on the 4th of July. I had started warping at the end of June, but waited till I got my shuttles in the mail before finishing the warp. I'm using "Learning the Weave" by Deborah Chandler, which is an exceptionally great book. She really covered every question I had as I worked through the process. (I also skimmed through "The Weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book by Rachel Brown)
I was really concerned about getting started because everyone I've talked to has left me with the impression that warping is a nightmare. I looked into classes, which were very expensive and long (6 weeks). I did however find a willing Weavers guild member who will teach a small group of us starting in August. I couldn't wait that long. I have this shinny new toy and I just i have to play with it NOW.
The warping went very well, I had to re-slay two threads which I crossed. The tension wasn't too bad. I did have a little wabble on beginning of the weaving, but I got it even. I should say, I do have a little experience with warp tension from my bead weaving days on my Indian Bead Loom, so I knew I had to get good tension.
I started with a plain weave. Then I did 2 warp threads up, which is a basket weave with only one weft thread, and finally I did a 2/2 twill. I used an 8 dent reed and all 4 shafts. I used two green yarns as stripes on the warp, one a fresh green color, the other more olive.
I did have some uneven edges on the right side, but the 2/2 twill went beautifully.
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