FINISHING A WEAVING
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When a design is completed on the loom, there are still few more tasks to do before it is a finished piece. The weaving is unfurled from the loom's takeup roller and the warp threads are cut to free it from the loom, being sure to leave enough length to facilitate securing the fringe.
Loose bits of yarn, plant debris from the dyes and other small flaws are removed by hand or with tweezers. The piece is smoothed and brushed with a metal comb. See a photo of these tools at the right.
Then the long warp threads are reworked in a variety of ways to give the piece a finished look and to prevent unraveling. Here are some popular finishes:
|Shown below is an empty loom after the weaving has been cut off and the pedals removed. The base part of the warp threads are always left on the loom so that the new warp threads for the next weaving can be attached to them.
Once a weaving is off the loom, it is scrutinized for small irregularities or flaws. Scissors, tweezers and a metal comb made for aligning the yarn are used to make everything clean and smooth.
After grooming with the tools above, the warp threads are knotted and secured to prevent the weaving from unraveling. At the left are examples of several ways that the fringe can be finished.
When all the warp threads are secured, the piece is washed, blocked and hung up to dry in the open air. One last check for any possible flaws and then the piece is ready to show.
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