The Weft Question

I keep wondering about the weft that I forgot to purchase for this blanket. The heddles are threaded and the reed is sleyed; everything is ready…except the weft. As it turns out, I am glad I Forgot the Weft, because now I can try different options on the actual warp before committing to one single color.

Threading heddles for double weave wool blanket.

Ends are grouped into bundles of 32 threads each at the back beam. Pre-counting into groups helps prevent threading errors. Each heddle holds two threads. As a group of ends are threaded, I re-check the threading, and then tie the bundle into a slip knot.

Two set of lease sticks for double weave blanket.

Two sets of lease sticks, secured at the back beam, keep the two double weave layers separate and in order. The reed is cradled in place horizontally in front of the shafts for easy sleying, four ends per dent.

I am testing eight of the eleven warp colors, plus one more that I had in my stash. Nine colors. Think of it as nine questions. This one? This one? This one?… I am looking for weft that compliments the warp all the way across, showing off the warp gradation that spans both layers of the double weave. When the weft is woven in, rather than just held up for comparison, I find the answer unfolding before my eyes.

Double weave, finding the right weft.

Barely an inch of each color, but it is enough for a favorite to stand out for me.

Questions are good. Be ready to ask genuine questions about life. Genuine, like weaving the threads, rather than simply laying threads on the surface for consideration. The Lord specifically answers a seeking heart. In this journey of discovery, the answers unfold. Those looking for truth will find it.

Which weft color would you choose (last picture, options 1 – 9, left to right)? The weft is doubled, so you can choose one color, or two colors combined. (I will reveal my choice later. The yarn arrived today!)
Leave your answer in the comments.

May you be asked good questions.

Discovering,
Karen

8 Comments

  • Sandy says:

    I would choose 8. Can’t wait to see it unfold.

  • Marie says:

    You have 8 choices of a doubled weft. But, really you have many more.
    You have 8 single colors to be combined with the other 8 single colors
    1+1
    1+2
    1+3
    1+4
    !+5
    1+6
    1+7
    1+8
    This is just the tip of the ice. You have magic at your finger tips.
    The fact that you have color rotation in the warp just adds to the adventure.
    I know that you are excited about weaving these blankets. I think you
    need to do a finish sample as you weft may be a packed a little to tight for
    the wool to bloom.
    Just a thought.

    Can’t wait to see the final results.

    • Karen says:

      Marie, you are right about it being magic. Yes, combining colors gives many more options!

      Thank you for suggesting that I do a finish sample. I have been debating about doing that. I hesitated because I know my warp length is barely long enough for two blankets and I didn’t want to lose any more length. I measured my picks per inch, and you are right, it’s packed in too tightly. The other thing is, I want to see what happens to the fold – I don’t know if I am leaving enough (or too much) weft at the fold selvedge for it to lay open nicely. You have talked me into it. I will do a finish sample. THANK YOU!!
      Maybe I can make the fringes just a little bit shorter to make up for it.

      Karen

  • Sanni says:

    Choosing is agony. For a “soothing and warm” colored blanket I’d go with a color harmony rather than contrast. So, for me, the salmon (3), gold (4) or red (9) look best, given the complexity of the warp.

    Having said that, I see another blanket crying out to be made using your cerulean (1) and lapis (8) blues, on a gold or neutral warp, with yellow accents for “spice”.

    Show us pictures soon!

    • Karen says:

      Hi, Sanni,

      I appreciate your intelligent answer! Part of the challenge is that the other layer of the double weave has more of the cool colors – blues, teal, burgundy. It is fun to think of all the possibilities!

      I hope you have patience. I have decided to cut off the sample, to see how it behaves with wet finishing, before I proceed with the blanket. AND, there are some other projects I must attend to before going forward with this one. Don’t worry, though, I will show pics as this blanket project progresses.

      Thinking of the tortoise and the hare – “I may be slow, but I’m sure.”
      Karen

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  • linda says:

    If I remember correctly I/we ,other weavers I know, actually slay the folded edge by half. If the warp is slayed 4/dent then at the folded side,(for at least one dent, but preferably 3 dents) do 2/dent. this allows for draw in on the fold. When the blanket if fulled, washed, the fold blends in better and no one knows it’s there. Are you going to try to use a spreader? if so I have no Knowledge of how to help keep an edge I had to learn to throw the shuttle from the Right, grab the Right side give it a slight tug, release the peddle and beat once.Repeat from the left. It takes a little practice, but edges are usually really good. Of course there are exceptions…. LINEN and those nubs! Have fun…..love, peace and Joy, linda

    • Karen says:

      Linda,

      Good memory! I did sley the folded edge by half. It is 2 ends/dent. I am watching that side carefully with every throw. I think it is working out well.

      I am using a stretcher (temple). That is how I have been taught, so I am comfortable with it, and it helps me get consistent selvedges.

      I enjoy hearing how other weavers get results, too. I’m always learning!

      Thanks for sharing,
      Karen

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