Weaving Sticky Yarn

Hello, this is Judith StClaire.
Today, we’re going to talk about weaving sticky yarn.
I’m going to show you an old video I made when I first learned how to weave so I wouldn’t
forget the steps involved. And we’ll go through the steps,
and then we’ll change those steps when we start weaving sticky yarn.
The first thing you do is raise the shaft or shafts, depending on the pattern you’re
weaving. And then we throw the shuttle,
then you make a wedge of the new weft between the two warp layers
Then you close the warp And then you tog gently on the shuttle to
make sure you don’t have any loops in there that’ll cause knots or problems.
And – then – what do you do? You just beat it and you give an extra tap
with the beater to set the weft. So you watch her do this
Raise the warp, throw the shuttle, make the weft wedge between the layers of warp ,close
the warp, tug gently on the weft, beat, tap a second beat. Some times you don’t need this,
but a lot of times you do when you’re setting cotton or something that doesn’t want to weave
nicely. That way you get enough weft inside to go
up and down between warp. It doesn’t just go in a straight line, you know.
It weaves. You want to leave plenty of weft inside, but not too much.
That’s the way we usually do this. But, now when we weave sticky warp, we’re
going to change everything. The sticky warp on the loom right now is alpaca
2/16 is the size of the yarn. It’s very small and very sticky.
Sticky is when you raise one shaft and another shaft wants to come up with it because the
yarn is all stuck together. you have to deal with how to make it so it
will actually weave so you can get a weft between those sticky layers of warp.
That’s the whole thing. So now we’ll have a little demonstration of
the yarn itself. It’s not real strong, its fuzzy, you have
to be careful how you weave it. You can’t treat it roughly or you’ll have
broken warp all over the place. The weft is a Jagger Spun merino wool. It
is 2/18. It is approximately the same size as the 2/16.
Not a whole lot of difference. They’re all small, right?
You have to be careful because the Jagger Spun merino wool is stretchy. And, so, you
don’t want to pull it tight through the warp or it will draw in.
You have to leave plenty to weave in there, so it can actually weave around the warp.
that’s our challenge today. We’re going to pull up our bench, sit down,
kick off our slippers, because weaving barefoot or in stocking feet is the only way to go.
and we’re going to try this out. Now remember, when you lift the shaft, it’s
going to want to stick to the other ones no matter if the threads are separated. That
stickiness just wants to keep them together. You can feel it. If you go inside there and
you can feel it. See how thin that is. You can see right through
it. That’s one out of four that is up. The other
three are down. One thing before we begin. When you open the
shed, you can see the floating selvedge. The floating selvedge is going to be a weak
thread, too because it’s the alpaca. It’s good to reinforce the floating selvedge
with a strand of sewing thread and then you can hang it off the back in a container right
alongside the alpaca floating selvedge. Now, we open the shed, throw the shuttle,
then we lift it and we keep the weft snuggled up underneath the upper layer of warp.
We do not close this shed. Then we carefully hold the shuttle loosely
and bring down the beater bar and snuggle it right up to the line that has already been
woven. We want to keep the warp open. We don’t want
to drag that weft through all those snaggles under there.
See how you hold the shuttle. Loosely. There’s no tension on the weft and bring the bar down.
It’s called smooshing, I think. Bring it up again. Smoosh it down.
It’s hard to learn to do fast. But eventually, it goes faster than that.
There we go. See how we do?
Okay. We’ll let her keep weaving, there, and we
can watch how it’s done. That little blue dot on top of the beater
bar is the exact center. I taped a silver dollar to that to remind myself to reach for
the center. I keep telling myself to “reach for the money.”
This is a wiggley old beater bar and I have to do it right in the center – which is always
a good practice. Thanks for watching.
I really appreciate your watching the videos. Hope you learn something.
I sure have. Every time I do a video, I learn something more.
Thanks to my sister, Ruthie, for helping me learn how to weave and her patience when I
said, “I really cannot do that.” Which is what I said about this project. I said, “No.
There’s no way I can do this.” But I learned how to do it. And it works fine.
I wouldn’t weave this kind of sticky yarn any other way.
Try it. Just try it. Give it some time. It’ll be slow at first,
but you’ll do it. You’ll catch on.
Heck, if I can do it, you can. Anyway, see you next time. Let me know. Leave
me a note. If you have a question, I’ll try to answer
it. If I can’t answer it, I’ll send it to my sister.
Thanks a bunch. Bye

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