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Topic: How to measure woven cloth on Rigid Heddle Loom??  (Read 5982 times)
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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2009 07:17:51 AM »

I had to make 11 identical squares for class. The first square was released from tension and measured and compared to measurements under tension. I repeated the measurements under tension for the next ten.

I used a tapestry needle to put in a piece of yarn every two inches (they were only 11 inch squares.) This worked pretty well.
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2009 10:53:49 PM »

In the weaving studio where I used to work we cut a narrow 36" long strip off our roll of packing paper and pinned it to the work.  When after a couple of advances the pin reached the breast beam we would release tension and move the pin to the top of the work without moving the paper tape.  As long as we remembered to make a note on the tape each time we finished a yard and went back to the bottom of the tape we were able to have pretty accurate measurements even with 50 yards on the beam.  Some people were a bit paranoid about coming up short and would bump an inch or so with each yard but I never bumped by more than a pick and I don't think I ever finished short.  The problem I see with actually winding on a measuring tape is that the finished cloth will gradually stretch and the tape will not.  With this method I would expect a long piece to turn up much shorter than you think when it is finally unrolled.  Whatever you do I don' t recommend any measuring while the piece is under tension, even for comparison.
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2009 06:58:58 PM »

If you are near Ikea they have yarn long paper measuring tapes for free. They are great to pin to the cloth as you weave.

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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2010 11:54:09 AM »

This may not help, becuase I have a 4 shaft table loom....

I wind an extra warp with a contrasting color, and I tie that onto the back beam in the center of the warp before I wind onto the beam.   Then I take my spare boat shuttle bobbin and I wind that with the extra warp.  I let that sit on my castle.  As I advance the finished cloth I wind the bobbin, also.  Then I can unwind the bobbin to measure how far I have woven.  I put a little overhand knot at the point where I am starting and stopping if I have multiple projects in the same warp (dish towels, Rugs, excreta).
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