Ah, it’s my favorite! Time to sley the reed! It sounds cool and is very fun to do – what more could you want? So far, I have yarn that has been measured for my Mini bag fabric. The yarn is then transferred over to the table where I can comfortably begin sleying.
Weavers fall into one of two camps, depending upon how they set up (or “dress”) the loom. Either front to back, or the opposite. And when weavers talk about their particular method, it’s very similar to asking if they cheer for the Chicago Bears or the Green Bay Packers. They are passionate about their method and want nothing to do with the other! I’m sure, on an intellectual level, there are merits to both ways… sure, that’s what we’ll go with! Me? I dress the loom front to back. Which means that this step of the process is much more comfortable! Instead of threading each yarn through the reed once it’s been locked into the loom, I can sit in a comfy chair, at the table, and do the work. So much better! (But, I’m not biased!)
At the table, I have the reed and the lease sticks ready to go. The lease sticks will go through the yarn, keeping the cross and therefore maintaining the order of the project. The yarn will then be threaded one at a time through the reed. The reed I’m using is called a 12 dent reed – meaning there are 12 slots per inch. For this project each yarn will get it’s own dent.
I planned the project so that I would use every dent in the reed. So, I have a reed 36″ long, with 12 slots per inch, equalling… well, a lot! (You don’t have to love the math. But you have to be comfortable with it – since there’s plenty of it when you’re weaving!)
Once every yarn has a home, the reed will be moved into the loom and I’ll begin threading the heddles. The fun never stops….