Friday, March 21, 2014
This particular loom has 8 harnesses and 10 treadles. Lets say that I want to do a towel in plain weave. First I would take all my threads and put one yarn through a heddle on harness one then two, then three until I get to harness eight. My towel will be 18 inches wide and will be 12 inches to the inch. which means that I will have 18x12=216 threads that will be threaded through a heddle and that would mean that being as I am doing a plain weave structure I will have an even amount of threads on each harness. 216 divided by 8 equals27 threads on each harness going through heddles. Now I would go down to my treadles and I would hook harnesses 1,3,5,7 to one treadle and then I would hook harnesses 2,4,6,8 to the other treadle because plain weave means that the odd harness will go up and the even would stay down on one pick(when I depress the treadle) and then when I let it go after putting my shuttle through the shed and beating it in I will depress the next treadle that will raise the even harnesses and the odd harnesses will stay down this time and then I will put the shuttle through the shed and beat that into the cloth. As you weave your cloth, you will start to see your design. Designs can be that simple or can be very complicated. You can use any type of yarn you like but some are easier to use for a particular design than others and so on. This is just the basics you have lots to consider; yarns, how close you want your weave structure, what you want to make, what design to use, what colors to use and what colors will go well together, how to set up your loom!