|First attempt to prepare the frame|
|Finally ready (I thought!)|
I realized as I worked that there seems to be some kind of dirt on parts of the yarn which wasn't there when I first bought it, but I figured I wouldn't worry about that now. With any luck, I said to myself, it will come out after I wash (carefully, of course, since the yarn is 100% wool) my finished cap.
A day or two later, I took out the frame again, and realized that at least half of the threads were way too loose to try to work with; it needed to be rewound and retied to the frame. After wrestling with the threads for another hour and a half later, I finally got them to lie properly with an adequate amount of tension. (See the picture on the right.)
Tonight, I started attempting to work my first piece of sprang. I got through the first row--struggling, because (among other things) the section of threads is too wide for me to stick my hand through. Worse still, when I got to the end of the row I still had four back threads left! So I removed my stick, figuring I'd have to remove whatever twists I'd managed to apply and start over.
And as I was wrestling with the threads, the frame fell apart. (So much for the theory that I didn't need to use glue on my PVC joints. Or maybe not--maybe I just needed to twist and shove the PVC pieces comprising the frame together, harder. It seems stable enough now.)
I decided not to try to untangle the mess of yarn I finally got free of the frame after cutting my stretcher bars off the frame. I have plenty of fresh yarn, so I'll just set up my threads from scratch, using large (12-inch) chopsticks) as the suspended stretcher bars. (At least that solves the dirt problem!) The chopsticks are a more appropriate thickness for end loops for the cap I'm trying to make anyway, and the yarn is more likely to stay where I put it on the wood.
On the other hand, using thinner sticks makes it harder to find the shed, and harder to tell whether the strings are lying properly, side by side. Particularly since my frame is big enough that I can't place it, say, between two chair backs and expect it to stay still while I work on winding yarn, with tension, evenly between the two chopsticks.
If anyone has advice on how to actually get the thread woven around the two suspended bars/sticks/stretchers (whatever you want to call them), I would appreciate it! I can't start making the cap I'm trying to make without setting up the frame all over again.
EDIT: (3/3/2016) Corrected the language in this post as requested in Katrin's comment (see below), to remove references to "weaving" and "warping" because sprang, unlike most other forms of textile manufacture, does not use warp and weft or a process that is at all like weaving.