I haven't had the best of luck when it comes to warping using the warping board. I know I can do it--and I did with the table runner project--but I still look for shortcuts. This time, I decided to combine direct warping with the board, and it worked... kind of. I got all the 142 cotton warp threads onto the Ashford table loom just fine. Each time, I looped over the warping bar, and I kept every five strands separated with the raddle. I didn't use the lease sticks. Maybe I should have, but I couldn't quite wrap my brain around how to do that, too.
So, it all wound on very nicely, I threaded all the heddles with a simple 1-2-3-4 repeat, sleyed the reeed, and then I got ready to weave. It's here I stopped because I didn't care for the way my selvedges looked when I used two separate colors. I gain some knowledge in one area (like warping) and then I realize I still need to learn something else (selvedges when using multiple colors... grrrrr...). I like learning, and I also like weaving, which is why this is lifelong journey.
But it may become a pillow. The cotton (I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby) is very soft and squishy. It would make a nice pillow, I think. This was a fun, fast project. I had a nice moment when I successfully took the warp off the warping board and transferred it to the raddle. Didn't miss a thread! After that, I didn't mind the small challenges, like forgetting to have a floating slevedge. Oh well!
Have you ever ventured into the garage to search for a piece of scrap lumber, found one, marked it up, pounded about a couple dozen nails into it, trimed off the edge with a saw, only to hear your husband say, "That was the board I was saving. It was a very expensive piece of wood." Ooops.
Oh well. I really like this homemade raddle I made in about five minutes. Yes, the nails are a bit sideways, but this very expensive piece of hardwood was just what I wanted, and I can't imagine it cost more than $49, which is what the raddle kit runs nowadays. I've promised to buy another oak board for my husband, who wasn't really all that troubled, and so it works out fine.
This warp, Noro sock yarn (Taiyo), will be tricky. It's slubby and I've heard it can snap, so I'll be careful. I'm wanting to weave a lightweight scarf using a crochet cotton weft in black and a spot Bronson weave.
A very kind relative gifted me her unused 4 Harness Ashford Folding Table Loom (16"). It was very special how it was delivered, a bright spot during a dark time. I think it's a beautiful loom, and I have an idea brewing in the back of my mind to add the treadle stand to it, making it a little floor loom. She also gave me a warping board, which I put to use this weekend. I've always thought Ashford table looms were very cleverly designed, and I love how tidy and portable it is folded down flat. I've also watched and recommended to many people the three Ashford "warping your table loom" tutorials, which were done using this model. Now I have one. :)