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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Thing of Beauty (NOT)

So there I am, weaving along about half-way through the last scarf in a 5-scarf run. I notice that there's a little loop of weft thread sticking out on the right-hand selvedge. Oops. So I reverse the dobby so that I can unweave enough picks to get back to the offending loop. The back beam unwinds with a thunk. The thunk is sharp enough to break all the apron cords that tie the warp bouts onto the sectional beam. All the *!%#@*! cords at once. Damn. The warp sprang forward about an inch and just hung there, quivering.

So after I finished swearing at it, I cogitated what to do to hold the warp in place long enough to weave off the rest of it. I find a dowel, several yards of strong slippery cord, some soup cans for weights (fortunately, DH made a Costco run recently so there's a couple of cases of soup in the pantry) along with a supply of patience.

Here's the resulting attempt to resolve the mess:



It's kinda like lashing onto the front apron, but onto the weighted dowel instead. The dowel is hanging off the AVL raddle, which is a permanent appendage on the back of the loom. (If it didn't live there, I'd have to find a place to put it away, which is impractical.) When I've woven a foot or so, I'll remove the raddle and just let the whole assembly hang off the back beam.

So please say a prayer to the weaving goddess to help it hold together long enough for me to finish the scarf. This is the one with the bloodwood-dyed weft, and I am loath to trash it.

2 comments:

Abby Franquemont said...

All kinds of "Hold to the bitter end!" thoughts going your way. Why is it these things always happen towards the end of a project about which one really cares, and never on the stuff one wouldn't mind throwing away?

shirleytreasure said...

Hi Sandra,
I wonder how many cans of 'Chicken soup' you have in those bags?!! As we all know 'chicken soup' is the best remedy for broken warp threads! LOL!
Cheers
Shirley Treasure
http://shirleytreasure.wordpress.com