an idea just flies into your head?
such distractions show up
at awkward moments,
and they need to be filed away.
But not always.
the quintessential location for such notions--
and though I quickly relegated it to the 'later' category,
it demanded instant action.
What can you do?
four selvedge warping with a jig
and/or are in the Fringeless class,
will see what is going on here--
two sets of bars on one jig,
warp wound around both to different heights,
and supplemental warps to meet each section.
NOTE: having the middle set of bars slightly smaller than the top and bottom
seemed like it'd be a problem,
but tape kept the smaller central ones
from falling out of the holes during the initial winding,
and in the long run the size difference was helpful
as it made the box bottom
more proportional to the sides.
A structural problem I didn't foresee
might also be visible from the photo above:
the outside warps of the bottom section are split
because the bottom and top loops are offset,
so when weaving that bottom section
the edge warps are 'half loops'.
The selvedge warps on that bottom section
thus had a short, tight shed,
the extra short one on the right
needing special handling and a very small bobbin.
I think this is an unavoidable issue overall,
but the right side could be as long as the left
if, when beginning to wind the last section
(the right wing as it were),
I brought the yarn down from the top
rather than up from the bottom.
On another structural note,
the photo above makes it look like
there is a lot of draw-in on the bottom section
but that is actually not the case.
as my hands manipulated those funky edge bits,
and a few passes all the way across on the middle section
allowed all the warps to fall into alignment,
so the shed was its lovely
four selvedge/ supplemental warp self
from there to the top.
the rest of the tapestry was a piece of cake.
(well, I still don't like the feel
of seine twine warp on my hands
but that is another story).
Knowing that each face of the box
would present as its own thing
gave me freedom to mess around --
a few lines here,
some weird weft there,
the ubiquitous house somewhere else.
note: The two-ply ziplock bag yarn is a new favorite,
though its stretchiness required a gentle hand.
the warp loops are individually locked into place
as per the four selvedge system,
and when I released the whole thing from the loom,
I just needed to fold up the edges,
a couple of solid strands across another such window
to make square/ rectangular panes?
Always something to try.
a five second idea,
days of interesting weaving,
myriad possibilities for the future--
split warp issues and all.
Happily, having learned what I needed to know for now
(including how much I love the three dimensional structure),
I can now let the idea sit
while I go prove a few other concepts
that are loudly demanding attention.
If this form interests you,
I hope these vague instructions are enough
as it is all I have time to write just now.
You fringeless/ four selvedge friends
should be able to figure it out though, eh?
if you're hankering for 3-D fringeless tapestry,
the good old Bag-On-A-Box approach
will achieve the exact same end
without having to sew the corners,
and all on the ultimate portable, recyclable loom.
Wrapping paper for yarn and cordage?
Oh dear, oh dear...