1, 1, 2, 3, 5, Eureka!

I spent hours this evening banging my head against this loom (in a non literal sense) - no matter how I worked at it, with string heddles or dowels as stick harnesses, I couldn’t figure out how I was going to manage even a plain weave on this thing without having to be down underneath the crossbar, and even then there was no technique that seemed viable.

Then I was looking at my sidebars, and realized I’d switched the 20” pieces with the 8” ones. I assembled the middle section upside down.

Now that I know that? I’m leaving it this way, for this project at least! I’m going to work it like a simple frame loom. The top section is actually at a comfortable waist-to-shoulder working height while the loom is on the floor, and at a nice angle thanks to the “heddle bar” that sticks out toward me from the main frame.

As you can see, each individual color section is done on continuous warp, with the knot ends moved to the front of my heddle bar, as that will be the new beginning of my work space. I have threaded paper into my piece to lay the sett of my warp.

Tomorrow I might venture down into the woodshop to see if I can’t fashion myself a beater/sword. Or maybe I’ll just rustle up a ruler. Either way, tomorrow I begin the weave proper. One, one, two, three, five, eight, thirteen, twenty-one, thirty four, fifty-five, eighty-nine, one hundred forty-four, two hundred thirty-three, three hundred seventy-seven, six hundred ten…

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