If At First You Don’t Succeed, Cry, Cry Again

I have been happily working in my studio for the last couple months, weaving for various projects while teaching Beginning Weaving to a great bunch of soon-to-be-fanatics. The parameters of the projects have pushed me into using some fibers and structures that I haven’t often worked with – exciting! and rife with pitfalls, errors and do-overs.  One project was successful in structure /yarn combo, but wrong for the color story and had to be rewoven using a different palette.

One was a familiar structure but a new singles knitting yarn that threw fits at the sett I wanted to use and had to be cut off and re-sleyed resulting in a pair of large (and expensive) sett samples.

One was a wonderful structure/fiber combo that had a weirdly unfortunate color clash resulting in a color that seems to be the color I get when I am thinking of a serene de-saturated pink, and that my husband has taken to calling “ace bandage”.

And one that I am excited about but that I cannot control my beat on . . . may be a sett issue.  It is a kind of windowpane design except that all my “panes” are turning out to be slightly different sizes . . .

And finally, one (third iteration on the loom now?) that I really liked, but caused me some float worry, and selvedge dissatisfaction.

I substituted a wool for the blue outlines that I believed would full a little more, and I eliminated the floating selvedges.  I happily wove away on the second try, liking the selvedges much moreand thinking that the outline floats were stabler . . . .  Until I took it off the loom and looked at the back:

What the . . . ?  I was so focussed on the selvedge/yarn choice fixes that I mis-treadled the whole flipping shawl! Sigh –  number three is on the loom now, and I am trying and crying again!Despite the struggles on my multi-shaft looms, I got some balmy projects off the rigid heddle loom.  Using some fab knitting yarns in the warp and very fine weft, I wove a couple of drapey, soft, easy-to-weave projects that served to keep me from loomy despair.

  • March 11, 2018


    You’re making me feel better about my own weaving. Recently, I wove a scarf in 8-shaft plaited twill, because I’d never done a plaited twill before. I chose some “interesting” yarns out of my stash, and now I have a lovely scarf-shaped sample of an 8-shaft plaited twill, perfect for upholstery, not so much for a scarf. Oopsie.

      • March 30, 2018

        So now we know… the culprit was Lisa in the Loom Room with a Lead scarf…!

  • March 27, 2018

    Scott Hanratty

    You pulled beauty out of all of this! What is the fab knitting yarn on the ridged heddle loom and the thin weft? I really like the colors and the fading on that project. Such inspiration! -Scott

  • March 27, 2018


    Wow!! I have been feeling like I should just give up and everything is just nothing but a learning curve. Have only been at it for a few months but after reading your great blog I’ll keep at it. I have knitted, crocheted, quilted, macramed etc for over 50 years and excelled at it but weaving has humbled me. Thank you

  • July 11, 2018


    Crying is cathartic.