New weaving project – broken diamond twill leg wraps

April 2, 2013

New wicklebander project in blue and yellow

Its been four months since I finished the cloth for the Rus kaftan and, this past Sunday, I finally made time to beam a new weaving project on my floor loom – a pair of leg wraps (wicklebanders or winningas) in dark blue and yellow for a viking reenactor friend.

If you want to read up on leg wraps, Peter Beatson has a great write-up.

The yarn is Jaggerspun’s Maine Line in “Williamsburg Blue” and “Marigold” 2/8 weight (approximately 2240 yards/lb). Pattern is a broken diamond twill.  8 1/2 yard warp, sett is 20 ends per inch, with 80 total warp threads.  Very narrow and very long.  It took about 3 hours to measure, beam and get set up to weave.

I used a new to me method of beaming in that I wound onto the beam directly from my warping reel without first making warp chains.  It was a bit awkward to manage by myself so I had my husband help me.  It worked very well.  Fast, smooth.  All the ends were even.  This method wouldn’t work for larger projects, but for this one I give it an A+.

The yarn is much larger then I’m used to working with so my expectation is that it will weave up quite fast when I have time to sit down and do it.  Time is in short supply at the moment.

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