February 7th, 2012

Tuesday’s Weaving Tip – How to Deal with a Sticky Shed

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This week’s tip comes from Barbara Elkins (founder of WEBS) as a result of a call from a customer who is weaving with mohair, but it applies to any sticky yarn.

When weaving with mohair or any fuzzy yarn, it is easier to get a clean shed with a direct tie-up.

Step on the treadle that lifts the first part of the shed, say, shaft 1. Keep that shaft up and then step on the second shaft you want to lift. It is easier to lift one-quarter of the ends in the warp and then join them with the second treadle rather than trying to lift half the ends at one time.

It may also be helpful to reach in back of the shafts from time to time to clear the shed and disconnect any ends that might be too friendly with each other.

Ironstone Yarns Brushed Mohair on Cones available at yarn.com

How do you deal with a sticky shed when you find your shuttle catching the wrong threads?

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Dena started working at WEBS in 2006, shortly after she learned to knit. She also dabbles in crochet and weaving. She finds knitting complements her marathon and triathlon training really well.
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