A selection of colours from the Bendigo Woollen Mills
Ilka bought along a small demonstration loom to demonstrate the weaving process and some possible patterns.
Before we get near the loom we need to learn how to prepare the warp thread so the loom can be dressed.
The cross is sacred! When winding the thread onto the ? it is important to create a cross by alternating the path through the pegs. Ilka always does two to be safe. The crosses need to be at the ends of the warp.
Ilka shows us her style and patience.
A bit like golf - its hard to keep count. Ilka shows us an easy way of holding down threads so you can count easily.
Using her hand as a large crochet hook Ilka loops up the warp so it can be stored without it becoming tangled. To prove the point she threw it at someone! Good catch!
Before removing the warp from the board the crosses need to be tied.
Another tie is placed in the middle of the warp
Waiting for a loom.
For very long pieces of fabric a spinning ? is used.