ART ... well, sort of art ... or maybe more craft.
From the front:
- Ratchets and pawls to go on the right hand side to control the cloth and warp beams (the two big pieces of dowelling). I’ve made two pairs out of a plastic chopping board, so we’ll see how they work.
- Cutting down and smoothing out the beams – they have to be made narrower to fit into holes on the left and right sides of the frames ... hacksaw and chisel work to come.
- Apron bars – these attach by string to the beams, and you attach the warp threads (the long ones) to them, and then wind them up onto the beams.
- Making a second reed/heddle. The one I bought is a 5 Dent (5 holes per inch) which is for really loose weave. I have ‘reeds’ (actually wires) that I brought ages ago when I was interested in tablet weaving. I’m going to use some of the timber I bought for the apron bars to try to make a finer reed/heddle.
- Putting the whole thing together.
This is what all the parts are called:
Mine is going to be 40cm wide, by 62cm long. The heddle I have is only about 25cm wide.
And, when I looked on my bookshelves, sure enough, there's a book called 'Rigid Heddle Weaving' - that I must have bought in the tablet weaving days - which is ... 8 years plus ago? Fortunately nothing much changes.