How I love the warping process!
It is definitely the holidays and I am trying to create a mini tapestry to be framed for a friend as a gift. Not sure I will complete on time, but I am sure going to try! As I began warping my Zach loom this afternoon, I decided to sett my linen warp at 12 epi with a linen warp and a weaving width of 4″. I wanted to do a little hemstitching on the edges of my mini tapestry, so linen seemed to be the perfect fiber! I found some incredible shadow box frames with a 5″ x 5″ opening, so I am excited to see how this all turn outs.
Each time I begin to warp, I question myself if I am doing it right. I can’t tell you how many times I have warped a Mirrix loom, yet I find myself unsure and always want to refer back to Claudia and Elena’s instruction video on You Tube! They take the time to explain the process carefully and slowly with you.
Today I found my way to Elena’s video, fixed myself a cup of hot chocolate and began the warping process. I was just reminded of how much I love this process … to me it where all the project planning comes to life. The warping process always comes back to me quickly, but how nice it was to glance over at my You Tube and have Elena instructing me. I wonder will I ever NOT need the video to warp???
I love taking the time to put on the Texsolv heddles, one by one, carefully counted! If you don’t take the time at this point, you will regret it later! So I always count, and re-count making sure I have every other warp thread taken care of! There is something wonderful about the warping process, it is a quiet time for me, a time to connect with my loom, think about the weaving ahead and a slow down time.
What is your warping process? Do you like to be in a totally quiet environment? Do you have your favorite music playing loudly in the background? Do you make a ceremony of it? I like to always have candlelight going and usually an incense burning in the background. Smelling a scent of something yummy is very calming for me! Weave is such a solitary art, it is time I set aside just for me. Each weaving project teaches me something new. For this project, I learned that my linen sett at 12 epi was way too close, so I had to completely re-do the warp to 6 epi! It all fell into place . . .
Here you can see I tried a new hemstitiching process and I loved it. I wanted a new edge finishing for my woven wallhanging! Now it is time to weave. Not sure where this piece is headed, it is not planned out and I like it that way! I just want to weave a little bit each day during the rush of this holiday season!
Here you can see I decided to try using my own handspun yarn in the warp and I love it. I have recently picked up my spinning again, just for the purpose of creating tapestry yarn. I can’t tell you the feeling of satisfaction that gives!!!! Here is just a peek at my handspun tapestry play!
So the next time you have to put a warp on the loom, take the time to enjoy the process, from beginning to end! Mirrix looms make it so easy to get it right! Take the time to appreciate your materials, your loom, your fibers and think about the weaving that is ahead. Weaving is all about slowing ourselves down, enjoying the process, no matter how long it takes. Warping your loom is the first step, so take the time to think it through, you won’t regret it.
With the holidays soon approaching, I ask you . . . what’s in store for your Mirrix loom after the holiday season rush? Do you have a creative “wanna weave” list? See you in 2017!!!!