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a comedy of errors

June 3, 2015

there is absolutely nothing funny about it

P1060913it is a wise weaver who knows when to quit

can you see all those crazy threads – starting at the far right selvedge

those first few inches of well-behaved warp threads were just teasing

this wasn’t the start of the problem

P1060916oh no! – it was THE END

I chopped it off when all the fishing weights were in use

32 inches of nice crisp rustic linen


the brown pattern threads are paper yarn (shifu) dyed with kakishibu

the blue is handspun, recycled, blue jeans fibre

can you see the tripled warp threads

well they were the start of my problems

it took some careful mathematical calculations to work out the number of warp threads required

and I made a BIG mistake – the overall width was almost twice what I planned

then – the pattern was from “Weave a Weave” by Marlin Selander


and it didn’t work!

yes folks, I know it is a Swedish pattern and I have to make adjustments

so on to Fiberworks and find something that does work


looks almost like the picture in the book

P1060927a celebration was required

not for a job well done, but for a decision made

a wee drop of sake in a new cup by Kinichi Shigeno

P1060934while watching a new DVD – feeling blue again

now it is off to try tying on the linen  and weave a bit more – fingers crossed!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2015 8:54 am

    Agh! I know the feeling. Glad you were able to summon enough patience to do what you could with that warp! That’s a lovely cup and you deserved your sake. I also have a tea cup of Shigeno-san’s from way back when he first began to sell his pieces.


    • June 5, 2015 9:32 am

      Louisa – I have many pieces of Kinichi’s pottery, we’ve become friends over the years and it is nice to see him once a year over here. That linen is being tagged “weft only!”


  2. June 4, 2015 12:59 pm

    A beautiful piece of cloth, but those are some really scary pictures. You are tough.


    • June 4, 2015 1:07 pm

      Alice – not half as tough as that linen, and yes that cloth is rustically beautiful. Trying to weave just a little bit more. Traumatic as it was those pictures just make me laugh.


  3. Heather permalink
    June 4, 2015 9:35 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Though there may have been trials and tribulations, the rustic linen you did create has its own beauty, and you knew exactly how to celebrate. I have watched that documentary and drunk that sake with you in spirit.


  4. Judi behby permalink
    June 4, 2015 4:15 am

    Love that DVD. I have watched it many times.


  5. June 4, 2015 1:11 am

    your warp beam looks like my last one.misery loves company.


    • June 4, 2015 8:25 am

      Neki – I don’t waste a lot of time with such a mess, it is already retied and weaving. Hopefully it will behave long enough to get what I want then it gets buried under the compost pile!


  6. June 3, 2015 5:40 pm

    The patience of Job is what you have, Jean!


  7. June 3, 2015 2:07 pm

    Gorgeousness at a price… I love it, though. Linen! Sigh..


    • June 3, 2015 3:18 pm

      Kristin – the price is time and patience. I’ll never use the rest of the 3 lbs. except as weft.


  8. June 3, 2015 11:33 am

    Good job – both in persevering and knowing when to “cut bait”. You are a marvel Jean – the cloth is beautiful!


    • June 3, 2015 12:12 pm

      heather – it is sometimes difficult to make the decision to cut bait – this time it was born of necessity.


  9. June 3, 2015 11:20 am

    You must have been to “Fired Up” last weekend … your new cup is lovely! Good luck with the new tying!!!


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