The auction has been closed.
Those of you who read this blog often will know that, lately, I’ve been completely obsessed with my loom (I do have projects on the the needles, and I poured some resin yesterday, but really, it’s been all about the weaving) and, every chance I get, I try to do something new.
I picked up the double heddle kit for my loom a few weeks ago, but it was only this past long weekend that I finally had a chance to warp it up.
The instructions for this can feel confusing, but here is what I did. This is easiest if you use two contrasting colours (I’m using Tanis Fiber Arts Lucky Penny and Aurora in lace weight).
There are three main reasons (that I can see) that one would want to try this:
I warped up only a narrow band, using two 12-dent heddles. Section 1 is modified basket weave; the back heddle stays put and I moved only the front heddle up and down.
Section 2 is the same weave but beating in the weft loosely.
Section 3 is moving both heddles up and down.
Perhaps I didn’t give it a fair chance, because I had only warped up a narrow strip, but my first thought was ‘I don’t like this’. It’s very, very fiddly. It took all morning to warp a 4″ wide piece of cloth, and the 2 heddles feel very clumsy to handle (though I think this would be solved by warping the full width).
You can see the difference here: the swatch at 24 epi is very dense compared to the same yarn at 12 epi. Dense enough, in fact, that it would be great for making bags. The textures that are possible are quite lovely though, so I’m going to borrow a 7.5-dent heddle and give it another try!
Incidentally, here is my loom waste, aren’t Lucky Penny and Aurora gorgeous together? I think I feel another warp design coming on!