The eye of the heddle… dum, dum, dum…

The eye of the heddle… dum, dum, dum…

I was singing the Survivor song when I wrote the title… Any children of the 80’s out there? No? Well, let’s pretend it was mildly humorous, shall we? And onto the show…

The loom is 36" of fun!

The loom is 36″ of fun!

Last we chatted, I had finished threading the heddles on right side of the loom and now I’m ready for the rest!

Working on the left half!

Working on the left half!

Always love a little brown!

Always love a little brown!

I’m grouping them by inches to help me keep an accurate count. Funny things happen between measuring the yarn on the warping board, and here…

Overhead view

Overhead view

Moving the yarn through the reed and the heddles is a really critical part of “dressing the loom”. It is where the trickiest mistakes can happen. Everything can be salvaged, but it’s just not fun fixing them later. So, I tend to play the reruns, instead of queuing up the newest cliff hanger on the TV – easier to pay attention!

Watching the brown yarn go through the reed & the heddles!

Watching the brown yarn go through the reed & the heddles!

The critical juncture!

The critical juncture!

Threading the heddles can be tough on a weaver, physically. With some looms, you have to lean over a back beam and stretch to reach everything. (And after a few hours, you can develop some major kinks!) Times like these, I love my Schacht loom! The entire back collapses and comes apart so I can snuggle right up to where I need to be! It’s all good!

A top view of the yarns running the obstacle course!

A top view of the yarns running the obstacle course!

While I love working with bigger yarns (the sett ranges from 8-12 ends per inch), I have done a few projects with finer yarns (the sett ranges from 24-36 ends per inch). Those are always a lesson in patience for me! As much as I enjoy the process, having over 1000 yarns to thread gets a little old! So, my hat goes off to all the weavers out there who love to work in silk, bamboo, tencel and all those other lovely, crazy/tiny yarns!!!

Keeping the cross - even here!

Keeping the cross – even here!

Ready to tie onto the back!

Ready to tie onto the back!

And now, I’m ready to wind on! Don’t fret – we’ll be weaving in no time! Talk to you soon…

Run 10 Heddles 22

By |2013-09-26T06:47:51+00:00September 26th, 2013|Art, Dressing the Loom, Weaving|0 Comments

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Chris Acton is the President, Chief Weaver, and Jack-of-all-Trades for Acton Creative, based in NW Indiana. When she isn't weaving away, you can find her absorbed in a book while slurping gallons of hot tea.

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  1. Sherron Pampalone September 26, 2013 at 7:02 am - Reply

    You , my dear, make weaving F U N !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chris October 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      What a lovely compliment! Thank you so much! chris

  2. Jessica Nunemaker (@JessNunemaker) September 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I just love the way the fibers look on the loom! So photogenic! ūüôā

    • Chris October 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Jessica! I appreciate it! chris

  3. KeriMae December 7, 2013 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I’m a new weaver that got a used loom with the heddles on wonky. I appreciated the close up pictures so I could see that the curvy end on the heddles goes on top! Nice photos!

    • Chris December 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hey Keri! Good! I’m glad I could help! I certainly have sections where the heddles are “wonky” (great word!)! Ideally, they should all nestle into each other. I’m not 100%, but they seem to work – even if some of the heddles are flipped around! chris

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