I’ve set myself up with three separate dobby chains. One chain each to weave a layer on top – 20 lags each – and one more to do the fancy bits – 48 lags.
It takes twenty picks to weave a complete double huck unit – see the liftplan below – so to weave the two stitched layers as quickly as possible, those chains get one lag per pick so that I can treadle in one direction continuously.
However, I don’t have enough lags to weave every pattern this way, so for the fancy bits I economise a little and allocate 12 lags to a complete unit. After six picks I need to wind back and repeat the last four, then progress to the next group of six and so on.
The fancy-bits chain is the only one I need to edit for different designs, and it is still quite challenging to get it right. I have a particular knack for doing exactly the opposite of what I intend – small squares of A on B, for instance, if what I want is small squares of B on A – so it needs to be checked carefully.
Fortunately, it seems to be OK. The colours in that photo aren’t right though – except possibly over on the far side, where you may be able to see that the bright blue is actually quite turquoise. It’s more like the hint you see below, where the unwoven fringe is just bending around the breast beam.
The weaving is now progressing nicely, although the Australian test team are conspiring against me with their frankly dreadful batting. I’m all in favour of their losing, of course, but I expect them to make an effort to stay in the game. I’m supposed to get five days of TMS commentary per match and this series has left me seriously under-supplied.