Hurray! The warp is finished.
I rethreaded for the 3rd time. We were shown a way to either use an extra shaft or using no shaft at all for some threads. I opted for the last option. I had to use all my 8 shafts because of the number of heddles on this loom. (I will have to add some more heddles if I'm to make full use of this loom, a Leclerc Minerva.)
My threading was 4231 and 8675 and some of the threads on shaft 4 and 8 were not threaded through the shaft.
The 7 threads that were without a shaft I threaded through a cord, see photo. This was done between the reed and the shafts. Now you can weave as normal (just making sure how you go over or under these loose threads) but you can also make use of these thread as an extra binding by either going over or under these loose warp threads differently.
Here are my last 2 samples. Again the left photo is the top side of the sample. 12. You can see the 7 binding points clearly in the brown and orange rows.
In the brown row you see as binder thread one of the loose threads = a warp thread from the bottom layer in the top layer.
In the orange row the binding thread is a weft thread from the bottom layer in the top layer.
I had threaded different blocks again. When I was weaving the blocks I was also playing with these loose threads. But this does not add any value to having the extra binding threads as the blocks are binding the layers together anyway.
13. This sample I have gone back to weaving rows but using different colours (I have a boxes with yarns on bobbins from previous weaving sorted by type of yarn, wool or cotton/linen, they came in handy!) and filling up the space with fleece before changing to the next row. The idea of filling up came after finishing the first row. Here I had kept the selvedges loose from one and other so I was unable to fill up the 2 side blocks in the first red row. This you cannot really see in the photo.
I like this last sample a lot. It would make a nice padded cloth for a jacket or so. The filling went much easier than in sample 5. But I would like to try the option of threading through a different shaft. If I had enough heddles I would thread 4231 and some of the threads of shaft 4 threaded on shaft 5.
This warp was woven on my 8 shaft Leclerc Minerva. It was easy to weave but I had to change the tie-up to the treadles quite a bit.
The first warp for this double weave course was woven on my 16 shaft Thumm loom (using 8 shafts). As this has push leavers for each shaft (almost like a piano), it was easy to weave all the different samples.
I might go back to that loom for my next warp but the Leclerc is in the lounge and at the moment a nicer (warmer) place to weave than upstairs where the Thumm loom is standing. The loom is at an awkward hight, I found a solution by using an ironing stool to sit on.
My next job is to get a new warp made, this time I will be using different yarn sizes.
Today I have also added text to the different sample photos in my previous post.