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Mistakes Were Made

A snarled up mess

Oh, boy, were they ever. And correcting them is going to cost me somewhere.

This is not a continuous warp. This is not an inkle loom. This is a warp that needs to be wound onto a warp beam, just like my rigid heddle, table, and floor looms. This is an activity I haven’t performed in awhile, and I forgot several key things, some old, some new-to-me.

One: I prefer to warp back-to-front.

Two: I forgot separators to put between the layers of the warp as it was wound on.

Three: I forgot to isolate the warp on the two tablets that always turn forward, so I could put weights on them, which would make dealing with twist infinitely easier than what I did do, and what I did was wind on those two parts of the warp right along with the rest of it.

Everything went great, until it was time to loosen the warp and start winding the cloth beam. Then everything went very awry. The two always-forward-turning tablets had twist, all right, in each set of strings, and then each of those sets had twisted around each other, negating the ability to push the twist back. I couldn’t think of anything to do but pull off the whole back beam and try to fix it. Instead, the entire thing got more snarled up. I haven’t quite given up on it yet, primarily because I both hate warping and hate wasting thread. But now I know what not to do, which is a valuable lesson in itself.

I know learning new things is so much easier in a classroom type of setting, but there’s always some reason I can’t manage it! No, really! Sometimes one kid or the other has been sick, or money was an issue, or distance, or scheduling, or some combination of all those reasons! I’d really like to go on one of those fiber arts retreats that I sometimes see advertised, I think in Maine? But that one falls into the categories of money and distance. Thank all the gods above and below for YouTube!

Well, I suppose I should get back to trying to untangle this mess I have here. Happy crafting!


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