First i wound a warp using my art yarns on my FREE STANDING SAORI WARPING FRAME HERE
This is all an experiment! first time art yarns as warp on my Saori loom!
i decided to use my KENZO WINDING AND THREADING TABLE TOP SYSTEM HERE
here i am beaming on the 7meter warp.
next to thread the heddles . lets talk about about that!
there are do it your self hacks but i wanted these to stay on the harnesses and i wanted the option to us a reed and these heddles can me that in the future. larger eye heddel you hack wont work as the shed is weird because of the over size of the do it your self type heddles.
so i limited my art yarns to the warp with the non behive type and hoped that it would work!
and i proceeded to thread the heddles
so far ,so good. it is working
you could weave this on a saori folding loom but the the cloth beam for this much bulky yardage would fill up after a few advances because the cloth beam is located right below the front beam on the folding looms it hits ones thighs . with my ch60 loom the cloth beam is off set to the back so the bulk and size will all fit on the beam.
because the cloth is so bulky you could try the "catch" on the folding saori looms but it would have to be caught very quickly and very often because of the bulk and would become much more tedious . i just did not want to go there.
You can see i did not use a reed. instead i used my finger to beat or a weaving comb like this here cherry weaving combs
yes some of the art yarns have large un conventional textures and got hung up a few times and need to be coaxed through the heddel here and there as i advanced the warp but it was all doable.
90% or more of the weaving is my art yarn hand spun, the rest is a heavy worsted merino mill spun yarn for contrast
the harness were hitting the cloth that last 20 " of weaving but i managed to swing and push them out of the way each treadle change .
time to sew the 3 panels together , this was not easy because of the bulk, i needed to be vary carful not to sew over my fingers because the yarns caught on the presser foot . yes i could have hand sewn it but sewing on the machine is stronger and this throw is heavy
PEACEFUL WEAVING IN THE CALIFORNIA REDWOODS
JILL NICKOLENE SANDERS
First of all the wire heddels that come on the saori loom will not fit my art yarns