I was weaving up the headers for this piece and was having the most horrible time with the warp sticking to itself. I mean, I had to clear every single shed by hand, and undo little “handcuffs” of silk fuzz. I sprayed it with hairspray. Still tangling.
Eventually, after about two hours, it FINALLY dawned on me that I was having problems because I was attempting to weave a tabby header on a (somewhat warp-dominant) twill sett! Of COURSE it was sticking…sett as densely as it was, with a slightly fuzzy yarn, of course it was going to stick.
I promptly abandoned the tabby and started weaving a goose-eye pattern, and lo, much less sticking.
It is still sticking somewhat and I think I will have to be very careful about watching it to make sure it doesn’t stick in the finished piece, but it’s much better now.
Now I am considering what to do for the four-shaft piece. I could do it in 1/3 twill tie-up:
This shows more of the warp on one side, more of the weft on the other side.
Or I could do it in a balanced 2/2 tie-up, which I haven’t tried weaving up yet but which would give a much more balanced result.
I’m torn between doing it in the 1/3 tie-up (which would show off both warp and weft color-changes, depending on which side you were looking at) and a 2/2 tie-up, which would show more intermixing of the colors. I guess I’ll have to sample some more tomorrow and see!
Tomorrow I plan to do two things. The first is to dye up the sample that Nancy Roberts was kind enough to knit for me, so I can get a rough idea of what happens with color X, Y, and Z. The second…wait impatiently for it to dry so I can weave, weave, weave!