The first tencel scarf is complete and the second one is hemstitched ready to go tomorrow. I was a bit ahead of myself thinking I had no threading errors though. Unfortunately I didn't see it until I had woven 36 of the 72 inches. It was difficult to see, partly because I had been careful to look across the weaving to ensure the pattern was working but I hadn't looked closely enough up and down the way. Suddenly I noticed two warp threads lifting together and realised that shouldn't be happening.
Susan from Thrums tells me it is called a 'flat". I certainly felt flat when I spotted it ! A hunt through the heddles revealed a 3 & 4 shaft warp threaded in the wrong order. Nothing for it but to insert a string heddle and correct the mistake. I finished off the scarf and won't really know until I take it off the loom how much it will show. This may be one scarf made especially for me !!
Am annoyed with myself for being a bit overly confident at the start and just because the shafts all seemed to work jumping to the conclusion that all was well. In future when I do the sample I must look carefully at the pattern in both directions.
I thought I would show you something else that Tony produced for me to help with the treadling sequence. The snowflake pattern has a repeat of 104 picks and I was struggling to follow from the draft. Spreadsheets to the rescue ! Tony loves to work on spreadsheets and this is the very helpful guide I now have. It is broken up into natural groups and colour coded which makes it much easier to follow and to memorise. You can see I have already scribbled on it !
We have been away over the weekend and visited a fibre related store called Twisted Fibre Craft.
I have been there a few times and purchased just one or two things !! Anyway, I had my own 'Santa' with me and as a result ordered an Ashford 20" knitters loom. This will allow me to keep on weaving when we are away from home and stop some of the knitting projects maybe ! It will be a new challenge but there seems to be lots of stuff on rigid heddle looms by Syne Mitchell on Weavezine.
Also Laura Fry on Weaving a Life has recently bought a rigid heddle loom and hopes to do some teaching. I'll be watching carefully for tips and patterns to follow ! I won't be allowed to get my hands on the loom until Christmas but what a busy festive season I'm going to have !! I added into the order the double heddle conversion set and two 12.5 heddles to allow some finer work. This may have to wait a while until I get the hang of the basics ! The blog will have another strand to it though !
As far as knitting goes for this week, I have finished a couple of scarves. They are waiting to be washed and blocked so pictures next time !
I have just read Susan's latest blog on Thrums and am very envious ! Her new stock of Tencel arrived and the colours are stunning ! May need to do something similar as my white stuff is the last of my Tencel stash. Wonder if Yarns Plus export to the UK ? Do you think she really is going to share that huge delivery with someone else ???
Think that's all for this week. Next week should have some scarf finishing pictures to share !
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