I’ve been spending some time lately trying to make my work processes more efficient. It’s really bearing fruit, too.
Today I warped my loom (meaning I got all the fibre on the beam and rolled up). It can be tricky sometimes – if you are, like I was today, using delicate fibre, or if you are trying to keep the tension regular throughout and the dog is barking, something snags, the phone rings… or you all of a sudden find that you really need three hands….
I’ve been dressing my looms for years now, but it’s still tricky to me, every time. Sometimes my husband helps, sometimes I just do it myself and muddle through. Weavers are a clever bunch – we use weights, water bottles, hang weights from strings. We use trapezes, friends, dowels, etc. We’re always looking for an easier way to wind on.
I used this lovely tool made by my talented friend Lee Yorke, who made it after seeing other tensioning devices online. It’s custom fit to my loom, and even has a spot for me to hang a roll of paper that will magically roll between the layers of warp. It’s quite something.
Here it is, in action. It seriously hastened the process, and was a pleasure to use. I just had to share because I didn’t swear once during the entire process. A miracle! (Please note, the noise is from traffic outside my window, not the tensioner.)
This warp, by the way, will be jewel-toned mohair shawls, eventually.