Hello, friends. Happy Thursday to you!
I've been trying to make good on my promise to keep trying new weaving techniques and this week I attempted turned (sometimes called "threaded") monk's belt. Armed with several references, including Jean Scorgie's excellent issue (number 26) of "Weaver's Craft" which is devoted to turning drafts, I gave this intriguing pattern a go.
My loom is not equipped with a second/supplementary warp beam and I've never woven any project using a supplementary warp technique. So, I'm no expert on turned monk's belt -- just an interested beginner!
I followed Ms. Scorgie's weaving draft for her "holiday runner." I mixed up the colors a bit based on the 5/2 mercerized cotton colors that are in my stash. One thing that I'm still not sure about, given that I do not have a second warp beam, is how to bundle the warp threads when tying onto the back beam. I took a guess and decided to tie both the pattern/supplementary warp together with the ground warp. Maybe this was a mistake - I might revise this for my second attempt at turned monk's belt.
The weaving proceeded slowly thanks (or "no thanks") to the presence of "wiggles." Here is a wiggle:
|Wiggle - an untamed and very uncooperative pattern warp thread. Be gone!|
The wiggles appear in the cloth since there is a tendency of the threads to reposition themselves; the threads are sett at a tight 32 ends per inch in the pattern area. I guess turned monk's belt threads are rather free spirits. However, the wiggles can be tamed a few ways:
|Pick up stick helps to align the pattern warp threads properly|
|My tensioning rig for turned monk's belt|
All in all, though, I'm really pleased with my first attempt at turned monk's belt:
|Turned monk's belt on the loom|
|Underside of the monk's belt fabric on the loom|
Happy trails to you. And may you have very few wiggles should you attempt turned monk's belt.