Off the loom (in record time)

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I am not the speediest of weavers, but I really wanted to get this done so I have been weaving for as many hours as I could manage – bearing in mind the mountain of marking I am also working through.

grey yardage on loom

My thumbs are aching, but probably not as much as the warp yarns. In order to keep the bottom layer taut – and avoid a lot of skipped threads on the back of the cloth – I really ratcheted up the tension until I could pretty much hear them squealing. Sorry about that, dear yarn. You did a brilliant job and I hope you are feeling better now.

grey yardage off loom

I was still quite surprised not to find errors on the back. I wore my new reading glasses for the inspection too. Of course, I am an experienced misser-of-skips-until-after-washing, when they are suddenly glaringly obvious. (If you can spot anything wildly amiss in either of the photos above, please don’t tell me. Let me enjoy the illusion for now, as I will see it soon enough when I am pressing.)

I haven’t yet been able to stand back and see the whole pattern, so that will be interesting… I did a cartoonish mock-up in Excel before I started (three cheers for conditional formatting!) but even that wouldn’t give me the whole view without distortion. Here’s most of it, turned sideways to fit on the screen more easily.

yardage mockup sideways

Anyway, while it is hanging up to dry, I have lots of time to be getting on with the marking. I certainly shouldn’t be chatting here: bad teacher! Once I am over that hump I will come back to round up the roundabout process which has led to this weave.

Right. Focus. Let’s put the kettle on.

Off the loom (in record time)” was posted by Cally on 23 Jan 2014 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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11 Responses

  1. Martha
    | Reply

    Callie, the piece is splendid.

  2. Margreet
    | Reply

    Wow, you have worked hard indeed. Looks really interesting.

  3. Dianne
    | Reply

    Looks very different and look forward to seeing its entirety. I’m sure ‘skips’ have a ploy to keep hidden until after wet finishing then they pop out to be really annoying!

  4. Meg
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    How big is this monster anyway? Do you want to hang it on my basement or stairway? LOL.

    • Cally
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      I’m not sure, Meg! I ran out of warp a little sooner than I was expecting… But it should only be about 4 metres or so (though that’s 8 m of weaving if you count both layers – and I most certainly do!)

      • Meg
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        That’s long! I can’t remember how long my thingies were, but after 2 meters I just wanted to move on to the next one…

  5. neki rivera
    | Reply

    impressive! photos requested. please

    • Cally
      | Reply

      Going to try to take full length photo tomorrow, neki – if I can rig up a way to see it all!!

  6. Alice in Richmond
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    This is so impressive!! I love it.

    I thought I was the best at missed skips.

  7. maliz
    | Reply

    Wonderful fabric!

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