If you hit the target every time it's too near or too big.
~ Tom Hirshfield
Last week I took my backstrap loom on a work trip and tried to add my supplementary weft patterning with bright yellow embroidery floss.
Here is my first attempt:
I was not pleased. :(
It doesn't look anything at all like the pictures on this blog that I am following... :(
Happily, it's easy to remove a supplementary weft pattern and try again.
My weaving friend suggested that I try doubling the thickness of the embroidery floss.
Here is my second attempt:
A little better, but still not very good. :(
My friend suggested that I try beating the weft tighter - or maybe use a thinner weft yarn. She said that she could kind of see the pattern, but it was elongated.
This time I pulled EVERYTHING off and started over from the beginning this weekend - with trying to tighten the warp threads evenly.
It took several hours to tighten and re-tie all the threads - the result:
I was happy with the half on your left, but not happy with the half on your right.
So, I untied it all, tightened it all and re-tied it all - several more hours:
Now, BOTH sides look bad. :(
I do NOT know what is going on with this project. :(
I've already put more time into this front panel than I put into the back panel, and it isn't even really started yet! :(
People talk about "listening to your warp" and "it is trying to tell you something"...
Apparently this warp is saying, "I hate you! Die!" :(
So, I don't know what I'm going to do... :(
Wow, isn't it great that we have these hobbies to help us relax and enjoy ourselves? ;)