Brand new loom. Brand new scarf completed in three days. Edges, just excellent.
So, what did we learn from this? Well, we do know how to weave.
A while back, a friend showed is how to keep edges straight without a stretcher by the simple expedient of tugging the end warp outwards while angling the weft into the bubbling angle. Furthermore, instead of bubbling the weft into a curve, we kept it at a 30° angle. The end result? Marvelous edges!
The warp and weft were mohair, variegated. Pictures to come once they are loaded off of the camera.
In the course of the weaving, some of the warps began to fray. We employed the simple stratagem of adding another warp yarn thread in the same heddle slot as the fraying one and tying the new thread on to the back beam. This meant ensuring that the loose end in the fabric in front of the heddle did not slip out, simply by holding it in place while beating. After the scarf was taken off of the loom, it was a matter to snip the end.
The scarf was supposed to be 72″ long, but it fell short of that. We did direct warping and used a metric ruler to measure the warp. We had the right length, supposedly.
Off the loom, the scarf is more like a shawl. That’s okay though. It’s wide enough and warm.