I like to weave Baltic patterns on an inkle loom, but I’m not a big fan of having to dive down to retrieve the warps I want for the pattern. Now, I know I could warp through a rigid heddle with pattern slots in it, and that’s a totally valid solution. But I didn’t wanna.
So this week I warped a band on my inkle loom in the usual way. There are 11 pattern threads here and a simple zig-zag pattern (it can be found in Heather Torgenrud’s book Norwegian Pick-Up Bandweaving). But then before I started weaving I went ahead and added an extra set of string heddle to just the 11 pattern threads. I’m not so great at getting all my heddles the same length, so bear with me here.
OK, so in this band I’m clearing the plain sheds, then lifting the pattern heddles and selecting the pattern threads, then joining the two sheds together.
So that leaves a speckled pattern in place (dare I call them pebbles? I do not. Don’t call them pebbles! There are already too many pebbles in the bandweaving world. How about freckles? Yes, that’s good. When you weave plainweave with Baltic threading, you get freckles, and that’s what we have here surrounding the Baltic pattern bit.)
It’s going more quickly than the old hunt-and-pick method of picking up and dropping.