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April 27, 2019

I thought weaving was supposed to be fun, I have never been so frustrated!

days of struggle – and this is the fourth time I’ve warped the same threads

it is only 3.5cm (1 3/8″) wide – 4/8 cotton – 1 yard warp

warp faced – I tried wool first and couldn’t even open the shed

I watched videos, the same one several times – I’m going to get this before it gets me

no rigid heddle this time, I learned how to make continuous string heddles

I was feeling more positive about backstrap weaving

when I had the bright idea to stitch the linsey-woolsey pieces together to make a patchwork blanket

I’ll need to weave several more – it gives a purpose to all the samples

spinning the muga silk is more relaxing

singles spun on a Turkish spindle and plied on a wheel

it is garden season

when preparing to prune the fig tree I spotted a humming-bird nest

just had time to take a picture before momma hummer dive bombed me

and I retreated quickly

I was planning to take the backstrap outside today

but now it is hailing pea sized pellets – no thank you, I’ll weave inside


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristin permalink
    April 28, 2019 8:09 am

    It’s heartwarming to see you giving the backstrap loom a go. I remember years ago you saying you didn’t think you were up to the task, and you are! I’ve fallen in love with the backstrap loom and weave on it primarily now…there’s a steep learning curve, it seems, but I’m starting to finally get it. Love using the bamboo reeds with the loom. Here’s a tip on opening the sheds (even with wool): Have your cross on two sticks, maybe 1/4″ diameter each (instead of a shed loop). The one in front will serve as your shed rod and you can slip a batten into it to open that shed. When you want to open the heddle shed, grasp the two cross sticks and roll/ twist them away from you while pulling up the heddle. This makes the threads on the shed rod taut and allows the heddle shed to open easily, like magic! Good luck 🙂


    • April 28, 2019 9:35 am

      Hi Kristin – thanks for the tip, it sounds so obvious. I look at videos of weavers in Central/South America doing amazing work and making it look so easy and despair. then I think about a Japanese jibata with a rigid frame but that takes away from the portability. No support from weavers here, they all think I’m crazy. They’re all saving for their next loom with more harnesses and gagets. I will struggle on!


      • Kristin permalink
        April 28, 2019 11:25 am

        Oh please don’t despair! It took me a few years or so before I really got it. I feel like backstrap weaving isn’t something to conquer, but instead, a gentle unfolding. That’s why those weavers make it look easy…they’ve been doing it A LONG TIME. Patience, grasshopper.


      • April 29, 2019 7:42 am

        Kristin – thanks for the encouragement, I’ll hang in there.


  2. April 28, 2019 3:06 am

    Nevertheless, she persisted!


  3. April 27, 2019 3:30 pm

    Some days, we just have to listen to the messages the universe is sending 🙂 Take a break, read a book, eat cake. Try again tomorrow…


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