I decided to revisit the overshot runner project with the 2/16 mercerized cotton warp. But instead of trying to continue on the existing warp, I decided to make a new warp and put it on another loom. I made a shorter warp than before, only about 3 yards, using a warping board. Since this loom has a plain beam, the warp was beamed in the usual manner. I also replaced all of the existing heddles with brand new inserted eye heddles. I wanted to see if these changes would provide me with a more pleasurable weaving experience (i.e. no broken threads).
Things seemed to progress okay, but then 3″ into the pattern, the first thread broke. After another inch, one more, and after another inch, well you get the idea. I have now woven 20″ and have repaired 11 broken threads. I am not getting any joy out of this project. I love the pattern, I love weaving overshot, I love the colour combination, I hate this yarn. I am not thrilled with the 2/8 mercerized cotton I am using for the weft either. It seems to be loosely plied and twists on itself and around the tabby yarn as well.
So here is a shot of it before I cut it off the loom. I have to find a use for the remaining 2/16 (fire starter?), and when I find a better quality yarn, I will try this project again.
I have finally reached the end of the first runner for this warp, or maybe the end of the last, depending on how I feel.
This has been the warp from hell for me. The spools themselves had knots, but the biggest annoyance has been warp threads breaking. I have searched on-line, started a discussion on Ravelry, and have spoken with more experienced weavers to determine the possible cause (me, loom, thread), but it is hard to come up with a clear answer.
The breakages have occurred after I have advanced the warp and tensioned it. Could there be too much tension on the warp? Well maybe, but after comparing mine to others, my tension is not any tighter (and probably a bit looser) than those I compared it to.
One thought I had was maybe the metal heddles were too rough for the 2/16 mercerized cotton I am using. However, that was met with a bit of skepticism from my weaving group, mercerized cotton is supposed to be stronger than unmercerized cotton (I was going to replace the metal heddles with Texsolv, but I will hold off on that for now). This is the first time I have used anything as fine as 2/16, but should that really make a difference other than it takes longer to weave 36″ in 2/16 versus 2/8?
The majority of the broken threads are in one area. This warp consists of one entire spool of 2/16 mercerized cotton and part of a second. Selvedge threads were added after the warp was put on and came from the second spool, all of my repair threads have come from the second spool, and now one of those repair threads has broken. What does this all mean? Could it be a bad spool of cotton? Maybe.
Other than the broken threads, I have enjoyed weaving with the 2/16 mercerized cotton. I love the sheen that the cotton has and the heirloom look it gives the runner. If anyone has any other ideas as to what my problem might be, I would love to hear from you.
After a couple of hiccups (threading error), I have finally started weaving the runner.
I have chosen a natural colour for the warp and tabby weft, and a navy for the pattern weft. I thought this strong colour contrast would help in seeing the pattern develop, show any errors more quickly, and give a more traditional look. I thought the sheen of a mercerized cotton would look nice.
So far, I think it is weaving up nicely.