Having been warned about the risk of the fly shuttle taking flight off the loom altogether, I was expecting to be picking it up off the floor (or out of the walls) quite often. However, that hasn’t happened at all – it seems to be very comfortable on the shuttle race and in no hurry to leave it. The problem I have actually encountered is one of coordination: my coordination, that is.
A mistiming of my hands and feet, so that I end up launching the shuttle into a not-fully-open shed, results in absolute carnage! I am sorry that I don’t have a picture of the outcome, though it would be nasty viewing for those of a sensitive disposition towards warp threads… I shredded quite a few in my sample warp, but have only had one calamitous collision so far in this ‘proper’ warp. It was quite early on and I fully expected a few more, so concentrated on fixing it rather than documenting it. Slow and steady is the key – treadle, shuttle, beat, treadle, shuttle, beat – and no showing off, even to myself.
More minor collisions occur from time to time when I don’t manage the tension on the cords very well, and end up with the shuttle travelling over its own cord. This, fortunately, is a much lighter offence than, say, running the lawnmower over its own cable, though it makes a surprisingly loud noise! And I get this…
…which has to be disentangled before I can continue. (Sorry that’s blurred – it’s not an action shot, just an unfocused one).
My cough has finally abated, I am relieved to report, but now the (new) PC has failed catastrophically. Just as we managed to get the new-and-failed printer replaced! Why is it that we can’t have a week when everything is working and everyone is well?? Tomorrow we are due to get our aged boiler replaced. It is a tedious but necessary process, and I would simply like it to go smoothly and easily… but I can’t say I am feeling entirely optimistic.