I have a commission for some custom fabric from a lady on Etsy. She gave me the dimensions, the colors, and that she wanted it to be linen. So I start with having to do math.
I hate math. Calculators are my friend.
So I do the math and figure out how long and wide and dense my warp needs to be, and I order the yarn. And wait.
Finally, my yarn comes!
Look at those gorgeous colors! The notebook under the grapes? That's my project book, where I plan things out and make notes about how long it takes, how well it turns out, that kind of stuff.
This is what I measure all 768 ends of my warp out on. It took me 10 hours yesterday to do this.
When all the warp is measured out and coiled in a basket, to keep from getting tangled, it's time to move to the loom.
The loom has what's called a reed, which is like a metal comb, that is the first place the yarn goes through. I did that today for two and a half hours.
I also started to thread the heddles with the linen tonight. I should get it mostly done tomorrow after work. So stay tuned for part two.