My friend Alfred and I spent ten hours yesterday working on Emmy – figuring out some last adjustments, then winding, beaming, threading, and sleying her inaugural warp. Here it is – three hundred ends of 30/2 silk, 16 yards long, 10 inches wide:
We had the usual setting-up problems – some crossed threads, etc. – plus shaft #17 was floating for no reason I could particularly fathom. As a result, we didn’t get everything resolved yesterday evening, despite working late into the night. But I got up this morning, and…ta-daa!
Emmy’s working!! Hurray!!
Having woven “Hello world!”, I felt entitled to throw the inaugural weft: two picks of an antique Japanese thread made with real gold. Alfred had brought it from his treasure stash, and we thought a pick or two of real gold thread would be the most elegant way to christen a loom. (And much less messy than smashing a bottle of champagne!)
So there you have it: Emmy is ready to weave! I’m super excited – it’s been almost exactly two months since I bought her, and probably about a month and a half since I’ve woven anything at all. I’ve definitely been feeling weaving withdrawal, so it will be nice to start making cloth again.
What’s the plan for this warp? Well, first I promised Alfred I’d weave him some pomegranates, so I’ll do a scarf in a pomegranate pattern. Then, there are samples for the Twenty Four More Or Less study group for Complex Weavers, which are due on February 15, and a project for Handwoven, due shortly thereafter. And I plan to weave a whole bunch of samples to donate to the CNCH Special Sample Service. So nothing terribly ambitious, artistically speaking, but a nice collection of simple projects that will also allow me to get used to Emmy, get everything adjusted just so, and come out full of energy for the next warp.
What will that be? Ah, that would be telling. 🙂
The kittens are off chasing each other around the house right now, but here is a photo from my mom’s visit. Tigress is quite an expert with luggage by now – you open it, she sits in it. 🙂 Of course, Fritz is curious too – but he prefers to investigate the outsides of things, while Tigress takes the inside approach.