The painted (dyed) silk noil shown in last week's post is now threaded on my 8-shaft loom, alternating the light and dark colors. Here it is at the back of the loom, with afternoon dappled sun coming through the window.
Here it is as I am starting to weave. I am using a natural-colored silk noil single-ply as the weft. The warps look totally different from one half of the weaving to the other, because the alternating light-and-dark changes to dark-and-light at the center, so that the top of each plain-weave shed is half dark and half light. This has no apparent effect in the woven colth, except for a tiny dark stripe at the center where two dark warps lie adjacent.
The effect of the warp order will become apparent when I start the sprang section, which I plan to show in my next post.