Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Another Type of Homemade Weaving Temple
My regular temple that came with my Weaver's Delight rug loom is too wide for what I needed. I needed something to spread the warp to the width in the reed, so I devised a floating temple, unlike the paperclip temples I use on my other looms.
With the flyshuttle, I was unable to run a cord from the front beam to the back beam to drape the weight cords over, like on the other looms.
I used a yardstick, two clamps, two paperclips and some linen rug warp. I had my husband cut the yardstick a little shorter and narrower and drill a hole in each end.
I attached the rug warp to the end of each clip and another couple pieces to each end of the stick. I attached the paperclips to the cords with enough tension to bow the stick when the clamps were attached to the fabric. Alligator clips could also work, but I just used what I had in the studio.
If I need more tension to the temple, I can reattach the clips so the stick bows a bit more.
The fabric on the loom is the start of a towel I am weaving with the Michigan Tartan colors.