My journey into the world of weaving


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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I am fairly positive I am not doing this in the most efficient way but it is going to be exact and correct.

I cut off the first placemat. It measures 22 3/4 in length and 15 inches in width. There was 16 inches of waste loom – first time around!

1st placemat

I am plugging away at the rethreading. Having never done this before, it is of course taking a lot of time and requires tremendous focus! After all of this, I do not want another threading error. I looked but there are no instructions for this kind of thing – at least, I could not find them in my books.

Of course, the most frustration was trying to fit in two replacement heddles. The ones I have just do not fit so I jury-rigged a couple.

Then I find the ends just want to get all tangled as soon as they can. I don’t have lease sticks in to help. That would help. I have a strategy for the morning so feel encouraged.

Lesson learned: check, double-check, triple-check, and check once more all the way across to make sure the heddles are correctly threaded.

One thing I am aware of: this kind of error and the process to fix it would have sent me into a tailspin in the early days! So perhaps I am learning.

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Scarf progress and other matters

I have woven 40 inches so it is coming along. It does take a lot of focus and it doesn’t take much for me to be unfocused. I really have to feel alert at night to weave! I’m sure I’ll do a lot this weekend.

So when I am not weaving at night, I am reading through Deborah Chandler’s Learning to Weave. It’s a way of matching what I have experienced to her teaching. I think that I am very much a hands on learner. Just reading something doesn’t make it stick. But reading something that I have already experienced does. Learning how to draft the draw down has definitely clicked with me. It’s making sense in that way how the tie up and threading all connect. Sounds simplistic and why didn’t I understand it before? Well, I did but just couldn’t for the life of me put it into words or even understand words about it!

So this has been good to go through her book. I’m hoping that in January I’ll be led through samples of overshot and double weave and other advanced weaving techniques. I’m hoping my teacher will offer an advanced weaving class! It’s a possibility.