what I call the cradle.
In the case of the 'e' in progress here,
that means building the curve below the e with as much attention as I will subsequently apply to the letter it self, taking advantage of the highs and lows where I can.
allows the wispy weft tail (never bluntly cut, but always untwisted, broken or frayed with scissors as with the linen ground weft in the photos below), to be anchored/trapped between the warp pairs and then wrapped.
I still love how they look.