Last week I put a short 2 yard 2/8 cotton warp on my Louet Jane table loom. Admittedly I have only put 2 previous warps on this loom and this warp was a spur of the moment thing, but that's no excuse. I wanted to make a couple of samples……that must be it…..sampling is a foreign thing to me; regardless, the warp went on slick as a whisker and I was feeling extremely proud of myself for getting it done so quickly with no threading errors or problem warp threads. I was ready to weave. Here it is ready to go – then I hear a quiet hesitant voice say “Mum, ummmm, you’ve forgotten to sley the reed”. I can’t believe it, what the heck! I blame the loom…., yup, it’s Janes’ fault for having a beater bar that flips out of the way so I didn’t see it! Or it's the stress of putting up the Christmas lights, or it's that first skiff of snow outside! So, feeling very dim witted, I untie the warp and flip down the reed and think that I’ll start again the next day when I'm fresher and have all my wits about me. Later that evening I hear that same sweet voice “Mum, ummmm, you’ve forgotten to go over the back beam!”
No, no I say…..that can’t be true! How is it possible to make that many mistakes on one 2 yard warp? Thankfully, I still had the lease sticks in place and it was an easy fix, but very humbling to say the least. I’m just glad that my daughter noticed it before I sleyed that pesky reed which has a tendency to hide! So here’s the sample that I needed for my workshop “A Method in the Madness”. The title is a quote from Shakespears’ Hamlet and now I really appreciate how appropriate my choice was! Thought I’d share this photo just because it’s pretty. A bouquet of chartreuse Chrysanthemums caught in a ray of winter sunshine…..so lovely.
Dimity is an old fashioned word for a turned 1:2 twill. It always has a strong diagonal.