the set-up

Weaving is a meditative and satisfying pleasure as you throw shuttles through the shed building colour and design. The set up however is another business all together; ten shafts, ten pedals, ten short lamms, ten long lamms all linked together with Texsolv cord and split pins. Over 500 different connections, pegs and possibilities. All parts are linked together, not any-old-how but balanced, in harmony with each other and providing an open smooth shed for each pedal tread which will not snag or cause breaks in the pattern. I have spent the last week doing this, sitting in the belly of my loom testing, checking, rethreading and testing again. But last night the last test on all 10 shafts was ok so today I’m actually weaving.

© sue orton


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