So........ back on the island and ready to go. One of our neighbours came to lend a hand with beaming the warp. He wound the handle while I hung onto the warp to keep it taut. It took a while, there were a few times when we had to stop and try and sort out little tangles, but after about 40 minutes I had the warp fully wound onto the beam. Then it was a question of tying on all 696 ends - and many of them had to be rethreaded through the heddles as there had been a lot of broken ends when I was finishing off the last tweed.
I am not sure when it was built, but there is now a bridge across the river and picnic benches on the far side, but even with my Morag hat, it was very cold, so I didn't linger. I could really have done with having a scarf round my neck and a wrap around my shoulders, but I will need to weave some more tweed as our stocks of these are all very low!
On Monday morning I did the last little bit of tying in, wound the warp on so that the knots were all through to the front of the loom and started pedalling - and then discovered my mistakes!
I persevered and wove enough tweed for making one wrap, but then decided that there were sufficient problems to justify cutting through the warp and going back to the start. I also got a phonecall from the mill saying that the weaver had brought back the pieces that I had left last time and htey were ready for washing and stamping. So, I decided that getting tweed woven was more important than me doing the weaving. I spent the next couple of days making two more warps in between doing things for my mother. Then, I pulled out all the warp end back through both the heddles and the reed. A bit of arithmetic was needed. 696 ends to fit through 370 slots - so not quite 2 per slot. It was actually quicker re-threading than unthreading - at least through the reed. I had to leave the island on Thursday, so it is left with the reed threaded but I now have to work out my threading sequence. I have this feeling that it is pointless me trying to weave tweeds that I could walk into the mill and buy, so I want to experiment with weave patterns that will make my tweeds distinctive. - So, watch this space...............!