Linen can be quite wirey and spring off the bobbins or pirns. A trick I learned some time ago is to use dampened weft. There are rules though:
- if you start with damp weft, do so for the entire piece or project.
- allow to dry before being rolled up on the cloth beam (mildew is nasty)
- keep bobbins in fridge if to be used within 48 hours, and freezer if longer.
- extra bobbins can be stored, with a note to size of linen in the freezer after completion.
- use a temple to minimize draw in and advance frequently.
I tightly wind the pirns with in this case 30/2 natural linen, and then take a clean facecloth and dampen it evenly. Wrap around the pirns and then place in a zip loc bag and leave in the fridge overnight. Take out only one bobbin at a time and rewrap the others. It's surprizing how fast it dries, especially this time of year. I'm going slowly as this is a treadle as threaded pattern so there are some interesting twill progressions to pay keen attention to. I also try to stop weaving at the end of a pirn and avoid starting a new one near the day's end. I don't want to leave it there over night, or cut off to store. Here's some shots of the work under way:
I tried to get the right colours here for you but its somewhere between the two. It's subtle...