This weave is my personal horror story ~ I have made one mistake after another.
First off, I had made the warp last year for hand painting ~ and for some unknown reason I put two blue stripes in the warp ~ why?
this one. You can see how similar they are on the drying rack. I knew that I didn’t want the same thing again, so I decided to send it back to the dye pot. This time I chose to put in lots of colour, big areas of teal and purple over the entire warp, which was a real improvement, but what a time waster.
I decided to go with an old favourite called Twill Complications; a lovely pattern with lots of interest. The warp went on the loom beautifully and I had it through the reed and tied up when it was pointed out to me, by my darling daughter, that I had used the wrong reed, and the sett was far too tight. I pulled it out of the reed and started again.
As I was weaving I noticed that the stripes were not hitting the pattern in a similar place, so back to the computer and a good fiddle around to see if it could be fixed. No luck with this pattern, so I tried several others with no success, yet more wasted time.
I decided to re-thread the loom with 3/1 twill because of those darned stripes. I could not find a pattern that centered them. Since my lease sticks were long out, and I couldn’t easily re-insert them; I decided to wing it. Right there I should have stopped, but no.....I carefully pulled out 12 threads at a time and re-threaded 1-2-3-4 X 3, tied the bout and moved on. As I progressed with this it became a bit of a dogs breakfast with extra heddles and uneven numbers of threads, but I carried on. What hubris!
Whew, I re-sleyed, hemstitched and started weaving this lovely, forgiving pattern.
I have unwoven it yet again and with a partial re-thread and re-sley I have moved that lonely blue thread back to nestle with its friends, but I am completely humbled!
To recap, I have dyed the warp twice, threaded the pattern twice, re-sleyed it three times and hem stitched it three times and all I've got to show for it is two inches woven! Complete Gong Show!