The first rug for this warp is complete, but not without some “issues”.
I wanted this rug to end up being about 24″ X 36″. The warp is 27″ wide and I wove for 40″ – all evenweave. I took it off the loom (you’ll see why later in this post), tied the ends and washed and dried it. It is wonderfully soft! The dimensions without fringe are: 18″X29 1/4″. I lost almost 11″ in length and 9″ in width. This is good to know for future items! Another surprise to me was that it only took 4 t-shirts! I have boxes of the kid’s t-shirts and lots of them already cut and rolled into yarn balls. I will need to think of other things to make from them as we don’t need that many rugs. This rug is already in use by the front door.
Challenges: t – e – n – s – i – o – n! I am a newish weaver. I have only ever warped this loom with the help of a teacher and have never put a warp on that is this long. I decided to “just go for it” and use the rag rugs as an experiment and learning opportunity.
As I was weaving and advancing my warp, this is what was happening at the back of the loom. The threads were coming loose and not holding tension. I would run my fingers through them, and then stick the pick up sticks in the back and twist to get at least some tension so I could weave.
Without the pick up sticks and weights, the warp looked like this. From this picture, I’m sure some of you can see what I did wrong. The warp on the back beam is much narrower than the weaving width. I forgot to measure the width of the warp when I put it in the raddle and adjust to make sure the warp went straight across from the back beam to the front beam.
To fix the problem, I stopped weaving and rolled the warp to the front beam, fixing the tangles. Once all of the warp was on the front beam, I retied it onto the back beam and rolled back. Many, many hours later, I still had some issues, but not as many as before. The warp is not perfect, but it is straight, has no tangles and I can weave much easier. And I started the second rug.
If all goes well, the plan is to weave about 8 more rugs with this warp. I am not planning on cutting them off as I finish each one but rather to weave with the whole warp and cut them at the end. Wish me luck!!