Well, I got to the loom on Monday morning and immediately ran into problems: I was getting long warp floats on the bottom layer. Like this one, only longer.
My first thought was that one or two shafts had got tangled together – this is one of the Megado’s besetting sins, as the cords for the shafts easily slip into the wrong grooves when you are shoving them about during threading. So I checked the cords but nope, they were all as they should be. There seemed to be no loose heddles or other detritus snagging anything either.
I did wonder about a threading error (though it would have been a surprisingly consistent one) but that checked out fine as well.
Was I muddling up the treadling? I untreadled and unwove to have another go. And then again. Still getting floats. I couldn’t trace all of the individual ends very easily, but my ‘spot checks’ on a few of them showed that they were all on shaft 8.
By this time I reckoned I must have narrowed it down to the pegplan. A wrong or missing peg must be the culprit. Well, I checked and checked and checked again: the pegs were all absolutely fine.
I gave up in disgust. I had a bunch of other work to do and deadlines approaching, so yesterday I worked at home and ignored the whole thing.
The fact that the error was underneath was driving me nuts, so I decided that I had better invert the pegplan to investigate further. At least if the floats were on the top I would be able to catch them as they were happening without falling off the bench. I got another set of lags, pegged up the opposite lifts and started again.
I wove very cautiously, checking underneath every few picks, for about an hour. It was perfect. Not a float to be seen. What???
I made a cup of tea. I decided to count my blessings and carry on weaving, setting the mystery aside for now.
I had to pack up early (for yet another dental appointment) and, as I put my shoes back on, I looked at the first set of lags. And suddenly my mistake was blindingly obvious. A run of six empty holes for shaft 8. I had pegged 10-12-14-16 instead of 8-10-12-14. See it?
I am relieved to have found it. I wasn’t really comfortable with the working weave while I didn’t know what had made it NOT work. Now I can enjoy the weaving and the test match.