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.
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.
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.
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.