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Chevron pattern

Chevron pattern

HA!!! YES!! Thanks to Gerald Findley’s book, I’ve managed to start a finger woven chevron pattern, which is the same pattern I tried when I made the initial running-before-walking mistake. When I tried it the first time, I couldn’t get it right because I was doing it from a YouTube video and books that were just a touch too vague, at least for me. I just could not get the hang of it. But the step-by-step pictorial in Fingerweaving Basics was actually detailed enough that I could follow it and create a respectable chevron! Go, me! So I’ll practice that for awhile before trying anything else. I’m totally proud of myself on this one, because finger weaving is a real challenge for me. Weaving is much easier when all of the warp is under tension and changing the shed is as simple as treadling! In finger weaving, everything is literally done with your fingers, from tension to changing sheds. Your warp threads are hanging free at one end out of necessity. In loom weaving, both ends of the warp are under tension, and you have a dedicated weft on a shuttle that goes back and forth through the sheds. In finger weaving, because the warp threads are also the weft, they have to be free to be pulled through the sheds, and that lack of tension makes the weaving that much more of a challenge, at least for me. Maybe as I get used to it, it’ll become less difficult.

Maybe I put it wrong. I said finger weaving is a challenge, then I said difficult, which, in my mind, are two different things in this case. A challenge isn’t necessarily a bad thing, whereas being difficult is. So, ideally, I’d like it to remain challenging, but less difficult. And who knows? Maybe it is just a matter of getting used to a different way of doing something.

I’m going to keep at this. I’ve seen pictures of large sashes, with really complex patterning, and I’d like to get good enough to try my hand at something larger than a strap. Right now, I’m in no way ready.

While I’m practicing finger weaving, I’m giving thought to dressing my Flip and making something with her. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a warp on her, and I’d really like to try again on a doubleweave blanket. The last attempt was an unmitigated disaster, but I’d like to give it another try. But there are so many things going on here that I don’t know if I’ll be able to really do a large project.

For one thing, I go back to school next week, into the technician portion of my education. That’s going to be a lot more grueling than the assistant program was. It’s funny, but people don’t really realize how much is involved in anything veterinary. Human doctors and nurses only have to learn about one species: humans. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians have to learn about every other creature on the planet, and know enough to be able to work on those animals. That’s a lot of work!

We’re also making plans to move out of state again, this time way to the north. We considered the South, and decided against it. The contender areas now are the PNW, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. I’m leaning toward the midwest, personally. As beautiful as mountains are, my fear of heights borders on phobic. I am utterly terrified on a mountain, and I’d like to avoid them, thanks. I think I’d like the land of 10,000 lakes, and I miss autumn in a place with lots of trees in a big way! So while I’m still in school, we will also be getting the house ready for the market and packing away non-essential things so there’s no clutter during showings and it will be easier (snicker) to keep clean. Of course, “easier” and “clean” are relative terms when you’re talking about a house that contains four big dogs and two children. Just sayin’.

And all this must be done while studying, doing homework, cooking, and helping Aneira with her schoolwork. Small projects might be all I’m capable of for awhile!

Ah, well…I’d better hit the road to pick up Aneira. Blessed be, happy crafting, and happy living!

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