Sunday, March 28, 2010
Front to Back vs. Back to Front
What is it about that *PING* of a broken thread that can make
a weaver want to throw up? If you look closely, you can see the broken thread hanging down. I drank one more cup of coffee while staring at the warp. I decided that, whether Jean Scorgie says to or not, I would not be warping this back to front. I cut the warp ends and knotted them in neat little groups, carefully pulled the warp out of the raddle and brought the whole thing to the front.
When I began to learn to weave, I learned from Deborah Chandler's book. I warped my first project back to front, because she said to! It was okay, but for my next project, I thought I'd try front to back, because she said to. Well! So much easier! Less equipment! It just made more sense to me! And that's the way I've done it since, though recently, I've started using lease sticks to keep my hands from cramping while threading the reed. I will need help when it comes time to wind the warp on the back beam, because Jennifer is a big-boned girl, and I can't hold tension on the warp and wind at the same time.
I pulled out the issue of Weaver's Craft about turned Overshot and Monk's Cloth, and found that Jean Scorgie does NOT say to warp from back to front. In fact, each pattern clearly says, "If warping from front to back..."