Something new, please!

It’s a new project – yay! Starting a new project is a little like going shopping at your favorite store with a sizeable gift card. You are jazzed because the experience is something you love! But, at the same time, you don’t want to waste it! Controlled excitement, that’s it!

Meet the players...
Meet the players…
My grand plans (otherwise known as my chicken scratch!)
My grand plans (otherwise known as my chicken scratch!)

I like to tackle projects from different angles to keep it interesting. This time around, I am starting with (4) dark colors and a lighter version of each. My thought is that I’ll create an order to them and then repeat it in different speeds or frequencies, if you will. I have (4) different sections and have labeled them slow to fast. The slow section goes through the sequence just once. Each section after that will repeat it faster.

The slow grouping
The slow grouping

The natural colored yarn is sprinkled throughout to add a little spice to the design!

The fast grouping
The fast grouping

The yarn goes on the warping board in the order it will go into the loom. So, once you get everything wound on correctly here, you simply need to keep it in order from here on out!

Check out the guide string!
Check out the guide string!

The lavender yarn you see in the photo above is called the guide string (you can see it best right against the wood). The guide string tells you which pegs to go around on the warping board to be sure you end up with the right length! Very important! I have messed up more than one project by not accurately measuring the guide string!

The view at the top peg
The view at the top peg

With a project where you change colors often, there’s a lot of tying off the yarn – at least for me! I’m sure there are other, more elegant ways to do it. But, I haven’t found a method that I like better. There will be many more projects to come, if anyone has suggestions…

My lovely choke tie!
My lovely choke tie!

Before I slip each group of yarns off the warping board, I use choke ties at the cross to guarantee I can keep everything in order later! (The knot on the top of the yarn is the choke tie!) The “cross” is the configuration between 2 pegs where the yarns are positioned in order. Sounds vague, I know, but since my photos here don’t do it justice, you’ll have to trust me on this one!

To get it all off the board as gracefully as possible, I do a loose sort of twist and then, slip it off the pegs.

A loose twist keeps everyone together!
A loose twist keeps everyone together!
A good view of the warping board!
A good view of the warping board!
Don't you hate it when you forget to move the Target bag?
Don’t you hate it when you forget to move the Target bag?

All the yarn will meet up at the table where the lease sticks will go in and the sleying will begin! Stay tuned for more fiber fun…

All together now!
All together now!

Run 9 Warping 20

0 thoughts on “Something new, please!

  1. Very interesting and informative! I love the organic look of the warp as it lies there waiting for the next step. I’m hooked!

    1. Thanks, Rita! I love that description, “organic”! I think of the process as very methodical – but you’re right! Parts of it look very organic! All part of its charm! chris

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