Sleying of the drawcord warp reed has begun. The 12 dent reed is being sleyed in groups of eight threads, alternating two colors, with an empty dent in-between colors to make finding and pulling individual cords easier. Graph paper (or computer generated designs) will be color coded.
This reed sits overhead on a single unit drawloom with the cords sleyed through it. The cords are pulled individually according to the design being woven. Each cord controls a unit or group of threads on the pattern heddles on the pattern harness. The reed, as shown above, is positioned for threading, it is not in its final position here.
This view is from the back of the loom which has a long extension on it. My loom bench is sitting just inside the front of the loom, and I'm sitting facing the fireplace for threading the reed. Is this the traditional Swedish method? No. I'm trying to be a bit creative, inventive with the processes, trying to work out methods that will work and that I can do alone, as much as possible. A warping trapeze is in the not too distant future.
These two pairs of socks are for weaver Nastche Milan. Though she lives in CA, I'm hoping she will enjoy the socks on cool spring, fall, and winter nights.