Most of my weaving the past 20 years has been focused on the rigid heddle loom, specifically our Flip and Cricket Loom. This workshop provided an opportunity to weave on a shaft loom (I used our Wolf Pup 8.10). I started with one of the threadings Sarah suggested in our class notes (1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,5,6,7,8,5,6,7,8,5,6,7,8). When it came to the weaving, I looked for a tie-up and treadling in the Block Twill Chapter of Carol Strickler’s A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns. I searched for a similar threading to the one I had used and then studied the patterns until I found one that I thought would work for my scarves. I really liked pattern 241-244 on page 59. For my first scarf I chose the tie-up for #241-242. Now, on to the treadling. Since it had been a while since I had woven on a shaft loom, I decided my brain would have trouble following the treadling patterns in the book. I therefore devised my own, treadling a return point—that is walking across the treadles and back again.
For my second scarf, I stayed with page 59, changing the tie-up to the one shown for #243-244. I decided to weave the gray borders in a modification of treadling #243. I then wove plain weave for about 4” before switching to treadling #244 for the body of the scarf. I finished as I began. Who says you have to use the same treadling for the entire length of the weaving?
Treadling minder: To help me keep track of where I was in my treadling, I placed a cord around a treadle as an aid to help me.
Warp extender: I used some treadle tie-up cords to extend the length from the apron rod to the back of the castle. I looped the tie-up cord around the apron bar, made a lark’s head knot, and slipped a warp bundle into it, and pulled tight.
Floating selvedge: A weighted floating selvedge was helpful in keeping the selvedge thread taut.
Fringe twisting: To help me make the fringe the same length, I placed a wrapped brick along the bottom of the scarf to keep the scarf from moving around. A healing board grid was a most helpful guide in making even-length fringes. I twisted pairs of threads using the Schacht Fringe Twister and to make the fringes evenly twisted, I counted revolutions for a beautiful result.