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oh damn!

November 5, 2020

it took a couple days to get the loom warped

the pattern is difficult to check for mistakes

I take pictures because sometimes the camera lens sees more than the weary eye

it looked good – I spent the rest of the day winding skeins into balls

and balls onto bobbins

looking forward to starting to weave in the morning

again taking pictures to check for mistakes

and yes! – there is a big mistake in the threading, repeated across the width of the warp

after saying a few four letter words and then taking an hour to discover the problem

I will now remove the weaving, resley and start again tomorrow

(for non-weavers that means threading all 368 individual warp threads through the heddle eyes

without making any mistakes

 then threading them through the slots in the metal reed which regulates the number of ends per inch)

people are commenting that they have lots of extra time but there is still only 24 hours in a day

and I don’t have a problem finding things to do

 should not have done a complex warping this week when the world seems to be spinning off kilter

14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2020 9:11 am

    You’re a better woman than I am. In your shoes, I’d have thrown something, cussed the air blue – and then proceeded with what I had warped, on the basis that it was what Fate had intended and I was inventing a new pattern. Just as well I’m not a weaver or knitter or crocheter, eh?


    • November 6, 2020 10:40 am

      Kate – well, I did do a fair amount of cursing but rather than see mistakes as fate I use them as learning experiences. If you don’t correct a warping mistake and continue to weave it for the full length of the warp then it is there forever winking or shouting at you. Would drive me far more crazy than correcting it in the first place. I work carefully and fortunately don’t make too many glaring mistakes.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    November 6, 2020 2:44 am

    Weaving is obviously rather labour intensive and your mistake sounds such an easy one to make but a lot of work to undo and put right. You have so much patience and stickability! I hope it works this time and it will be worth it in the end.


  3. November 6, 2020 12:28 am

    No, I don’t have any extra time either 😉 Such gorgeous colours. Thank you for sharing your frustrations as well as the joys.


    • November 6, 2020 10:46 am

      Dawn – it surprises me when people seem to indicate that because of the pandemic they have more time. The passage of time does seem to fluctuate and be a little warped (pun intended) but there isn’t any more of it. Maybe people who have active “making” lives are always wishing for more time.

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      • November 7, 2020 12:58 am

        the people I know who had more time were all the ones who spent lots of time socialising or were furloughed from work. Everyone I knew who continued to work, even if from home invariably didn’t feel so. I had less, as I spent more time checking in with people and my usual task all took longer! A minimal inconvenience mind you. hugs


      • November 7, 2020 10:05 am

        Dawn – and now, in Canada, it is those people who can’t live without their daily dose of socializing, partying and mass gatherings that are pushing the virus numbers to frightening levels. Hugs back and stay safe.

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  4. November 5, 2020 8:32 pm

    Things like that always make me ask myself why I am a weaver. Then I remember all the beautiful ideas that have past through my loom. I can’t wait to see your finished piece.


    • November 5, 2020 10:01 pm

      Barb – so right, I was asking myself how I had stuck out 40+ years of weaving. But it doesn’t happen often and thank goodness it is fixable. tomorrow is another day.

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  5. November 5, 2020 5:26 pm

    Oh dear, I am sorry about the frustration…it is definitely a week of more than usual distraction. All that re-sleying, arg.


    • November 5, 2020 10:06 pm

      Kjerstin – Well, I haven’t done something so silly in years so guess it is all part of weaving. I do admit to being rather distracted, shouldn’t have been listening to the CBC (too much news) while threading.


  6. emilysuzanna permalink
    November 5, 2020 4:18 pm

    So frustrating! But it’s a gorgeous pattern!🧡


    • November 5, 2020 10:10 pm

      Suzanne – I do like the pattern, it is a rather odd 11 harness twill but I have woven it several times. A rather disturbing week for all of us I think. Stay well. 🙂


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