Today, we’re going to be scientists. Nope, no beakers and goggles necessary. Just some intentional math for how to determine your number for waste (weaving waste, that is!).

Let’s start at the top, shall we? In weaving, there is waste. Waste refers to lost inches that aren’t included in a project. The biggest culprit is the space at the middle of the loom, where the shafts and beater bar sit. Because you can’t pull the warp yarns through that section, you can’t include those inches in the project. Those inches of warp are considered waste.

But the number of inches included in waste will vary depending on the loom, and the weaver. So in today’s episode of A Handwoven Experience, I am putting on my mad scientist hat and determining exactly how many inches I should plan for. And, I’m bringing you along for the ride! I hope you enjoy episode 106.

Show Notes –

Loom Waste – Peggy Osterkamp has a great blog about waste and she includes some lovely visuals showing where the waste comes from. It’s so well done! Check it out right here.

Take-Up – Along with waste, one of the things to always account for when planning a weaving project is take-up! If you aren’t familiar with that concept, I just shared an in-depth explanation in episode 103. Here’s the lowdown right here! 

Acton Creative Insiders – 

Do you love all things Acton Creative? Want event more? I have just the thing! I’ve partnered with Patreon to bring you the Acton Creative Insiders! This monthly membership includes personal insights, weaving tips/tricks, and behind-the-scenes action every single week! All we’re missing is you!  This link will take you right to the AC Insiders page where you can see more details and register today! I can’t wait to have you as part of the team!

Weekly Weaving Newsletter

The absolutely best thing you can do to help with your weaving journey is to sign up for the Weekly Weaving Newsletter! This online Wednesday publication will keep you posted on that week’s FREE weaving educational content, plus I always toss in a story from me! It’s equal parts education and entertainment, all wrapped up in a short, few-minute read!

Related Articles