My journey into the world of weaving


A decade of weaving

I had my first weaving lesson on February 6, 2007.


First project

I then began to weave fast and furiously. Scarves, placemats. bathmats, blankets, napkins, towels, more.

I was organizing all my work sheets. Between 2013 and 2016, I do not have much to show but I feel that is changing. I am about to take two scarves off of the loom and put on another. I am spinning away on my Hitchhiker, some unknown fiber

If anything, my resolution for this year to get back into record keeping. It was fun to look at all my worksheets from the past. Who knows, I may go back and do a pattern again.

The scarf that is going on to the loom is using the black and gold tencel in a Wall of Troy pattern. More on that later.

10 years is a long time – I’m so glad I did find weaving in 2007!



Rethreading, take two

While this has been very slow and frustrating, I am rethreading. I am on take two because my first strategy did not work but it helped with the second so I can’t say I’ve lost.

The threading was confusing to me until I figured out how to keep it straight in my head. Basically I have written out post-its for every repeat in the pattern and mark off when I have finished a series of 4 ends.

I showed my husband the first placemat with the error and he couldn’t see it. For a moment or two, nor could I! But there it was. Now it was in the middle; I could have left it in as a design feature. But that’s not facing what I need to face which is I need and want to learn how to fix or correct any errors I come across. And not only that, but learn from them. I already have learned from this.

In the meantime, this is where I am:

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Threading error?

I am well into my first placemat. The p.p.i. fell a little short but I am happy with the weaving.

That is until I began to really study the pattern, which is another advancing twill. I think I have a threading error. It’s in the middle of the pattern. At first, I thought it was part of the pattern but it’s a slightly off-center kind of an effect. It’s an additional small diamond just to the right of the center. I think this shot shows it (the color is way off – I was trying for a close up!):
threading error?
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First placemat completed

I did all 6 repeats of the pattern. It’s definitely a tighter weave and I would rather have a slightly too long placemat than a too short placemat!

Each repeat measures at about 4.25 in length. Less shrinkage, the placemat may be around 21 inches in length. That is according to the pattern. There may be more shrinkage. There may be less. In which case, the placemat will be long. Long but quite elegant if I don’t say so myself!

On to the next placemat. And then planning to do a whole second set of this pattern!