Varafeldur, Part 2

The warp is now hanging from my loom, and the weights are attached, after a fun day of diving in to the project with Melba Granlund and Connie LaTendresse.

IMG_2920As Melba consulted directions in a book, Buzz exulted in fleece from Nancy Ellison.

We used three sources for our directions: handouts from the class in warp-weighted loom weaving that Melba and I took from Marta Kløve Juuhl in 2013; a new, gorgeous 2016 book, The Warp-Weighted Loom | Oppstadveven | Kljásteinavefstaður by Hildur Hákonardóttir, Elizabeth Johnston and Marta Kløve Juul (available for purchase in the U.S. from the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum–call the museum and ask for the shop to get ordering details); and a pamphlet, Oppstad-veven by Anna Østerbø Båstad, published by the Osterøy Museum in 2000.

Connie wound the warp.


Once it was wound, we looped a cord into the cross at one end.  Melba is holding the cross open to insert the loop.


Next, we took the looped yarn and lashed it to the top of the loom.

We used doubled Rauma prydvev yarn, in black and gray, at a set of 5 epi. Here I am, with lashing underway.


Numbers are hard!  We wound a bit too much.  I would have left it wider, but I worry about having enough weft yarn.


The piece will be 28″ wide.

Next step: attaching the weights.  I made them last fall (and you can read about that process here and here). I think I will have to invite my neighbors over to show them how I have transformed their discarded trampoline weights. I think they will work fine.  It was easy to make a loom and slip a weight on it, to the hook of the trampoline spring.  The hardest part was guessing how high or low to make the loop, not too long to reach the floor, and not too high.


Even though I feel like I am learning each part of the process anew, I am very happy for the course I took in warp-weighted weaving from Marta Kløve Juuhl at Vesterheim.  And the great news is that she will be teaching there again next year!  Look for more information soon, but it will be in October of 2018.



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