Monday, October 6, 2014

The Project From Hell

Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing:
ink is the great cure for all human ills, as I have found out long ago.  
~ C. S. Lewis

The front panel of this loom bag is turning into the project from hell.  :(

After my limited success with the bright yellow pattern, I moved on to trying the second pattern:

I tried it in orange, and it was fairly disastrous.  

Don't put too much effort into finding the above pattern in the weaving below - it's a lost cause:  

You can also ignore the pink off to the right...  

I struggled with figuring out the issue and finally realized that the two hanging threads underneath were actually from this section of the warp and so they were probably messing everything up.  

So, I pulled out the pink you see above (off to the right) and fixed the hanging threads and tried the first pattern again, in the middle:  

And it STILL didn't work!  :(

I have pulled out more weft on this project than on all the other projects I've ever woven in my entire life!  :(

Finally, I had one last idea - there are two "sheds" that alternate - one when I lift the string heddles and one when I lift the back bar.  Maybe I was starting on the wrong open shed - maybe I needed to start on the opposite shed...

So, believe it or not, I pulled out the pink mess and tried again:

And look!  You can almost make out the 3 "teepees", with the one in the middle being upside down relative to the other 2...  

It looks like I figured out the issue - now, HOPEFULLY, I can apply that knowledge and get this blankety-blank project done!  



  1. STOP knocking yourself-you identified the problem and found the solution ALL ON YOUR OWN, That in my estimation is what learning is about, Keep calm and carry on. :-))

    1. Thanks, Shelia - was it that obvious? I actually deleted all the instances of "I am an idiot!" that appeared in the first draft of this post... ;)

      But I'll try to cut myself some more slack... Thank you! :)