Sunday, March 28, 2010

Front to Back vs. Back to Front

Today, the pets decided that 2:22 was a good time to get up.  Now, I usually get up at 4, so maybe that doesn't seem like a big difference, but 4 is the morning, and 2:22 is the middle of the night, as far as I'm concerned.  I tossed and turned and couldn't go back to sleep, so at 3:20, I decided it was as good a time as any to warp Jennifer with the turned overshot project.  For some reason, I thought Jean Scorgie recommended warping this project from back to front.  I have no idea why I thought that, but I did.  I got out the Weaver's Companion, because I've given my Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler to my sister-in-law when she last visited.  It says:  Loop the ends through the apron dowel, put the cross on the lease sticks, set up the raddle, wind the warp on.  Sounds simple.  But then my chain would only unchain on two out of four chains.  I decided it would straighten itself out, so I started winding.

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..."


Tina said...

what a way to start the day!

Maggie said...

It got better! I'm warping front to back and happy as can be!

Bonnie said...

I warp front to back. I make a big mess going from back to front.