Wow. I started this simple weaving project because I was craving a little bit of that back and forth sound that comes from the shuttle skimming across the warp strings. I ripped out a circular shawl that I began as a healing shawl when I went to Brazil (it was just ugly. It looked like a doily that used to be on our table when I was a kid… I realize that it might be hard to get away from that with a circular shawl.) Anyway, I ripped out the shawl, and started planning for a nice plain-weave shawl double woven, about 6 feet long and 25″ wide.
Then, halfway through the warping process (I generally alternate the yarn with the apropriate amount of heddles as I warp, which keeps threading easier) I realized that I didn’t have near enough heddles. Not 20 short, but over 100 short. And really I was only going to be using a little over half of the width of the loom! So, I ordered new heddles, which quickly arrived from Shuttleworks in Alberta (I needed them to come ASAP – BC is lacking in heddle stock apparently) Ordered them Thursday before last and they came last Monday. So, slowly, slowly, I have been threading the heddles. It takes forever that way (336 warp threads -why do I love lace yarn so much?) but I am saving my body from the pain I normally have after doing a threading marathon.
I have 6 groups of 60 threads to thread, which means that I am a little over half way through. Here I thought I would whip this shawl off and wear it for the Gathering the Women International Women’s Day Celebration in Victoria tomorrow. Hah. Or, I will maybe be done 3/4 of the threading. Sigh.
I’ll post again when I get to the double weaving. Never tried it, should be an adventure.