People have been asking me about my technique, so I thought I’d try to explain it here.
The loom is warped using the plan described in a previous post. I added an extra treadle sequence to lower 1 and 2 (the binding warps) to make pick up easier. This system uses pick up sticks to maintain the pattern while the binding warp is raised.
Lower shafts 1 and 2 (or raise shafts 3+4 if you have a jack loom) – this moves the binding threads down and out of the way.
Use a pick up stick to pick up your pattern.
Picked up pattern
Raise the pick up stick and treadle pattern 1. This will raise one half of the binding warps. The shuttle needs to go in the smaller shed.
Raised patterm warp and lifted binding warp. The arrow points to where the shuttle goes.
Transfer the pick up stick to back behind the heddles while maintaining the threads.
Pick up stick behind the heddles
Treadle and weave ground 1.
Transfer the pick up sticks with pattern back to the front.
Raise the pick up stick and treadle pattern 2. This will raise the other half of the binding warps. As before, the shuttle needs to go in the smaller shed.
Remove the pick up stick. Treadle and weave ground 2.
Repeat steps 1-4 for the next pattern row.
On an angle, you can see the pattern in the weave. This should show up much better after finishing the fabric.