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 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.