I have never woven rag rugs before. I put on plenty enough warp for two 5 foot rugs. They are 29" wide. I had no problems with the first rug. I started the second and early into it I advanced the warp too far and my reed won't hit it. I have woven the weft into it and used a comb to beat it in. It works just okay. I've taken it out two times now. I am worried that if I loosen the brake to rewind onto the back beam, I will lose the even tension on the warp and I won't be able to weave the second rug, or I will be able to weave the rug, but it won't look as nice as the first rug.
These are rugs I had thought I would have finished as Christmas presents this year. I would have had plenty of time to get the second rug done today if I hadn't done what I did. Can anybody help me with this? Can I go back and loosen up my project so I can rewind on the back beam, just a bit?
Hi Jenny Penny,
In my experience, I have always been fine rewinding on to the back beam when I have advanced too far. Years ago, when I had worn out my break, I would frequently advance too far and have to do this. Of course, I did replace the brake!
Whenever I do this, I find that I also need to tighten the cloth beam after rewinding on to the warp beam. I think you should be okay. I hope this helps.
Thank you so much for getting back so quickly. I did see the post yesterday, but promptly got off of my computer and went back to my loom. Everything is progressing nicely now :)