Monday, August 17, 2009

Tangled Wefts

Usually when I photograph my tapestries in progress, I get all the wefts out of the way so I can see the actual tapestry.

Here's the reality: this is what it looks like while I'm working on it.

As you can see I have MANY wefts, and in fact, something about the combination of using bobbins and the little shelf on this loom seems to encourage terrible tangling.

I made a lot of progress yesterday, but today, none at all, since I was driving to Cape Cod to see my Mom at the nursing home. We had fun looking at photos of her new great grand-daughter, Ruby, on Facebook.
I have finished the hardest parts of this tapestry and the rest should be relatively easy, so hopefully I can finish up in a few days.

2 comments:

Merna said...

Hi Jan,

The tapestry is looking good!

I've been following your tangled weft issue on the tapestry list. Usually those round head bobbins are used for weaving on a horizontal loom; the ones with a point on one end are used on a vertical loom. You might want to try some of them. They come in a couple of sizes, either brass tipped or not.

I like the round ones, and use them on my upright loom, because they typically hold more yarn.

J. Austin - said...

So glad you reminded me that the round bobbins (Aubusson) are for horizontal looms; I like them better, because I don't use the pointed tips, and I find them comfortable to hold, but now that you mention it, I bet the pointed tips would help keep the bobbins from spinning and tangling!