Wound around the towel-protected sandpaper beam at the front of the loom, ready to be cut open and distributed across 13.2 inches at the center of the reed. First the one on the right, spaced as I’ve planned; then the other will fill in the blanks.
All those pretty tantalizing threads!! With two young cats in the studio/home, I’m careful to protect the work on the loom overnight and between work sessions. An old beach towel makes an effective barrier to curious felines.
Another good day’s work — all 200 threads in the proper order to produce the patterns I’ve designed on the computer, wound onto the warp beam at the back of the loom, and seen here at the front, lashed to the stainless steel rod with heavy cord, under tension. The lashing enables me to easily make minute adjustments to the tensioning of the threads across the width of the warp, aiming for it to be even everywhere before I begin weaving.
Here’s an early section of the second scarf, woven with an antique gold tencel in an even more elaborate pattern than the first one. Same section, seen from the side, showing the pattern more clearly. The angle of the light makes a big difference in what you see in these pieces, and when they’re off the loom and being worn, the colors and patterns will shift and change in intriguing ways.
The entire series will be finished in just a few more days. More pictures at that point. The third and last one is likely to be the most exciting. (Just a tease!)