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Windhaven Concertina

One of my three new inkle looms arrived the other day, and I’m very happy with it so far!

The Windhaven Concertina is a small loom that fits in my lap for weaving, which is very cool. Used as an inkle loom, it will do a 4 inch wide band that is about 3 feet long, and it can be expanded to a width of 8 inches. It can also be used as a rigid heddle loom, with the front and lower back rods used as take-up rods, or fabric beam and warp beam, which is also very cool, as you can then make much longer bands. If you remove the top rod altogether, you have enough space for tablet weaving, if you use small cards. All in all, a very versatile loom. It’s like a Gilmore Wave, without all the fancy pieces that make the Wave so much more expensive.

The downsides of this loom are very minor, but have to be mentioned to be thorough. If you want to do pickup weaving on this loom, it can be done, but be aware that the working area is very tight. If you like getting your hands in there to manipulate the warp, as I do, it’s difficult, although, as I said, it can be done. A small weaving sword might be a better idea, but that’s something else to get used to. I used to do pickup with a sword, but then stopped in favor of my hands. I may have to go back to the sword with this loom, but I’ve been using my hands as usual. Like I said, the downside is minor.

I did worry about the warping path a little bit…on my other inkle looms, the warp threads didn’t come in contact with other levels of the path, where they do with this loom, but that concern turned out to be unfounded: the warp advances very smoothly. The only thing I have to watch out for is that the tensioner isn’t quite as wide as the other rods, because it has to be able to move back and forth in its track, and that means that on a warp as wide as the rods, you need to make sure that warp threads don’t slide off the sides. It did happen to me once at the beginning, and it was a pain to get them back where they belonged, but once I realized what had happened and why, I learned to just advance carefully, and it hasn’t happened since then.

Because it’s a small loom, the working area is tiny, and you will be advancing a lot more often than with a standard sized inkle. That doesn’t bother me much; one of the biggest pluses for me was the fact that it fits in my lap! Another is the fact that I can toss it into a tote bag and take it anywhere to weave. Gonna be waiting at the doctor’s office for an appointment for an hour or more? You can take your loom and weave, or sit in the car on your break at work and weave. That is beyond awesome to me.

The company is made up of a homesteading mom and her two daughters, one of whom, the master woodworker, is a high-functioning autistic teenager. And while yes, I did like the idea of supporting her work, if she wasn’t good at it, I wouldn’t have ordered more than one loom. This one, I bought used from another weaver, but I already had one loom, the Ukelele, on order, and when they are back to work, I fully intend to order the bigger Accordion as well! The craftsmanship is fantastic, and the looms are among the least expensive I’ve seen as well, making it much easier for aspiring weavers with a limited budget to get started. Windhaven’s ladies are also very accessible, with a group on Facebook that is very active.

So, that’s my review of the Windhaven Concertina. As long as you don’t have unrealistic aims for the loom, you can’t go wrong with buying a Windhaven loom.

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What a warp for pebble weave should look like…

I started a new band today, meaning I started on the actual weaving part today. I’ve been working on the warping part for two days already.

Let me explain.

I wanted to try a patterned band with two close colors, in this case gold and a reddish-brown. I’ve seen fabrics done that way before. You can see the pattern that’s been woven in, but rather than popping out at you, it’s understated. If you’re standing thirty feet away, you might not notice the pattern, but as you get closer, it first starts to look like texture, then, closer still, and it resolves into a pattern that you can see. It strikes me as elegant that way; I don’t know why. But I wanted to try it.

The problem I had was that I didn’t want to do it on my inkle loom. I’ve been working my way up to wider and wider pebble weave bands…I had forgotten how much I love pickup weaving, and I’ve learned so much more about it since picking up the books I mentioned in the last post. So the width I was going to try was a good bit wider than what I had been doing before, and I knew the inkle pegs weren’t really long enough for it. It would take the warp, sure, but the threads would be running close to the edges of the pegs, and the second I had to advance the warp, I would have to contend with threads falling off, which I did not want to do. And Moya still has a warp on her, so that wasn’t an option either.

Work finally in progress

But my Big Wave didn’t have a warp on, and was more than capable of what I was planning, so I got started creating the warp. As I’ve been working in the living room, not the studio, in order to spend time with the family, I didn’t want to deal with the warping board. Not even the smaller one. My solution was to use the dragon inkle to create the warp. On the surface, great idea. In execution, not so much. For one thing, I warped it as an inkle, which means I didn’t have the warp cross, so when I took the warp off to put on the Wave, what I wound up with was a mess. I was still optimistic though. It wasn’t a huge warp, only 48 ends. I could fix this, right?

Uh…no. I could not.

After several hours of rather inventive cursing on my part, I called it quits. I was just going to have to use the smaller warping board and start over from scratch.

Having to throw out perfectly good yarn without ever even having used it makes me angry with myself. And maybe “perfectly good” is really the wrong way to think of it, because by the time I gave up on it, it was a snarled up mess. I cut it off the loom, very gently placed the loom on the hearth in front of the fireplace, very gently placed the inkle in the studio, very pointedly did not swear or hurl anything against the wall, and walked away till morning.

In the morning, I pulled out the small warping board and proceeded to create the warp properly, and then moved it to the Wave. Here’s where things became more adventurous: I had never warped the Wave for inkle weaving before, only for tablet weaving, wherein the heddles are the tablets, and where the warp doesn’t go straight from the front beam to the back, at least I don’t do it that way. For me, tablet weaving on the Wave involves the warp going from the back beam, over the castle, and down to the front beam. For inkle weaving, though, actual heddles are required, and they’re present on the loom, which carries two harnesses. Well, I also didn’t want to use both harnesses, since this wasn’t going to be a plain weave project. Most of pebble weave seems to involve a high amount of pickup weaving, or warp manipulation. Before each pick, I spend a minute using my hands to sort through the warp strings. This one comes up from the bottom shed, that one drops down, that one gets skipped…It’s a challenge!

I decided one harness was enough. 24 strings went through heddles, the rest went between the heddles. Hooray! Tied on and ready to go. I started weaving a couple of plain weave rows, and then realized I had done something wrong.

In pebble weave, with certain sheds, the shuttle should enter from the left, and with the second shed, you should be entering from the right. Somehow, I had it reversed, which might have actually worked for a left-handed weaver. And while I am left-handed, one thing you come to grips with as a lefty early on in life is that almost nothing is created with left hand instructions. As it happens, Laverne’s books do give an explanation for lefties, but I’ve gotten so used to following directions for right-handed people that sometimes, it’s easier for me to wrap my head around doing things that way than trying to do it in mine.

This was one of those times. For lefties, the pattern is read from right to left. For everyone else, left to right. And after years of reading left to right, for me, it’s impossible to read text normally, switch to reading right to left, and back again for more text. I could not do it. In the end, I adjusted my warp with popsicle sticks and finally got it right. This morning, I was finally able to get started!!

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Warped for the third time!

I’ve given up counting the days. Well, okay, I never really started counting. There is simply Q time, and BQ time (Quarantine and Before Quarantine).

I find ways to keep busy and make up for my lack of focus. I’m pulling out things that I’ve wanted to do, but haven’t gotten around to. I finished, sort of, the Dragon Breath strap on my smallest inkle loom. I say “sort of”, because it’s more like I called it and cut it off after the gazillionth time screwing up the turning sequence and being unable to figure out — for hours — what I did wrong. Then I chose to actually warp the loom for inkle weaving, which I haven’t done in a long time. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to inkle weave, and how portable it is. I ended up warping it three times. The first time, I completely messed up the warping and had to cut it off. The second time, I made a mistake in the pattern and threaded it incorrectly, but I soldiered on anyway. Further on, I discovered that I had also mis-warped it again, slightly, and all forward progress on the warp was frozen. At that point I cut it off, and re-warped it a third time. Finally, it was perfect. But I was using a heavier yarn than I ever have before, which worked out well, but also worked up fast. I finished the strap within a day.

Finished strap, finally!

I’ve now warped it for something new. Six or seven years ago, I ordered a book about Andean Pebble Weave. The weaving is beautiful, but I never got around to actually doing anything to learn it. The author then published several more e-books that were on Patternfish, and I ordered all of those, but I really don’t like having digital craft books. For crafts, I much prefer hard copy. It’s much easier to flip back and forth.

Then Patternfish closed its site, so I contacted the author to see if the rest of the books were available in hard copy, and they were, so I got those a year or so ago. Still didn’t do anything with them. Well, as of today, they’re in use. I warped the inkle for the first practice project in the first book, using some fairly thin mercerized cotton. I’m kind of wishing I had opted for a larger size of yarn, because as I’m doing this, the strap in progress is tiny, as you can see from the picture. The penny is for scale.

The pebble weave is dependent on warp manipulation, like pick up weaving, which is why I wish I’d used a larger yarn. But I’m actually starting to get it now, and by the time I actually finish with this strap, I should be ready to try another one. I’m actually going to try to stick to two projects right now: the crocheted blanket, and the pebble weave strap.

The pebble weave is actually helping me to focus a bit better, too. It’s just challenging enough to keep my brain from overloading. Of course, I say that now, when it will probably become a good bit more challenging as time goes on. If it keeps me grounded because I’m learning something new, that’s great!

First Andean Pebble Weave project. Tiny!!!

The nice thing about it, too, is that the books are so well written and photographed at each step, which has helped so much. I read another tutorial on pebble weave that was less detailed, and it was like reading gibberish. I couldn’t wrap my head around it at all. Five minutes with the other book, and I was warping up.

If you’re interested in learning pebble weave, I highly suggest Laverne Waddington’s books. Since Patternfish closed down, she moved them to Taproot, and you can buy either the digital copies, or the paper copies. I can promise you won’t be disappointed, and Laverne is very accessible too, being in weaving groups on both Ravelry and Facebook.

Well, it’s time to get dinner on the table, and then I’ll be back on my loom! Have a wonderful evening!

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It seems that the dragon loom and I have finally come to an agreement. I have a system now that helps me keep better track of where I am in the pattern. It seems kind of obvious in hindsight, but it took me awhile to realize the way the pattern worked, because I wasn’t looking for it. I was simply following the directions by rote, not really paying attention to it. Once I did see it, though, it was easy to work with. The pattern sequence is 8 turns of the tablets, made a bit more complex by the fact that I’m actually working with five packs of tablets, and they go in two different directions for half the sequence, and in the same direction for the other half, but it’s two consecutive picks for each turn. So I started counting off each pick, one and two, change direction, one and two, change direction, etc. That wasn’t working, because while yes, the two picks were identical, the next two weren’t, and carried the same numbers, so I was still losing my place. I had to count them off as one through eight, and once I started doing that, everything flowed much better. If I’m in pick five, I know exactly which direction the cards are turning, and therefore which way I need to turn them next in order to continue the weave, or to unweave in case of a mistake. It has been much easier!

Aneira is doing well with therapy, and she and I talk each night at bedtime about how her day went, rating everything on a scale of one to ten. Lots of hugs and kisses are given, along with lots of “I love you”. There are those who would say that all the repetition of those words devalues them, but my personal belief is that your kids can never hear them too often. Kids too easily fall into the habit of believing that their parents hate them. Not only that, but there’s also the fact that anything can happen during the course of a day, and sometimes whatever happens can mean that you never have the opportunity to say those words to that person again. So I say them as often as I can, to make sure the girls know how much I love them. So far, I’ve been lucky, and both of them are still tightly bonded to me. I don’t know how much longer that will last; Aneira will be thirteen in a couple of months!

Valkyrie is rapidly becoming the queen terror of the house. It’s a good thing I’d bought a whole bunch of Clorox wipes at Costco, because they’re getting a lot of use as we work on potty training. She and Vanir are very close, but the old man, Thor, still wants nothing to do with this little upstart. And she’s way too smart for her own good: she has already figured out that doorknobs are what allow one to open the door and escape a room. I have watched her working on them, and she’s going to get it right sooner rather than later! She stands on her hind legs, takes the doorknob in her mouth and tries to twist it. If she had opposable thumbs, I’d be in deep trouble already!

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I don’t know what I want to do tonight. I’m sitting in my little studio, staring at Pinterest, and I don’t know what I want to do. I’ve got three bands in various stages of weaving on three different looms, and I’m looking at other patterns for another band. I’m also looking at tatting patterns, because it’s been awhile since I picked up a shuttle and my fingers are itching for one. I’ve also got two blankets on crochet hooks that could use some work, and I saw some interesting crochet stitches on Pinterest too.

And then there’s Valkyrie, with whom I’ve made some strides today and who is just cute as a button, and I want to play with her too. And Vanir has been very lovey-dovey since Valkyrie arrived, so cuddling him is a must, too. And I have to say, I don’t understand how it is that he is still as adorable as a puppy when he is an adult and nearly five years old now. Yeah, my dogs aren’t spoiled or anything!

There are also my adult coloring books, markers, and colored pencils…I could spend some time coloring with my kids. There’s so much I could be doing, so much I want to do, and can’t figure out which want is greater than the others! Sigh. So I think what I’m going to do is read more of Tablets at Work. I need to know more about how tablet weaving really works. I’ve made so many mistakes with the strap on the dragon loom that it’s not funny. If I lose my place, I generally end up cutting the weft thread and pulling it out back to the beginning of the pattern repeat, because I can’t figure out how to unweave it without compounding the problem. So studying is probably the best idea. It’s not like the book isn’t interesting, because it absolutely is, it’s just that I’d rather be doing than reading. Sometimes, though, you can’t jump ahead like that, and this is one of those times.

 

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Three of my dragons

Bet that title got your attention!! But it’s not what you think. This dragon loom eats little novice weavers like me for lunch. I’ve never used a single-sided inkle before, and the tensioning method is unfamiliar to me too, so every time I’ve had to loosen the tension to move the warp, there have been threads dropped, tension too loose, just a plethora of mistakes that have to be fixed before I can get back to weaving. Not that I’m not loving it! Being smaller and lighter than my other inkle looms, I can carry it all over the house, and weave in my recliner pretty easily, in front of the tv. And it is most certainly pretty.

I’m not sure if I like the leather tablets or not. On the one hand, they turn very easily. On the other, little bits of leather scrape off the rough back and end up in the warp, kind of like leather dandruff, and the tablets seem to get caught in the threads more easily. Not sure how to adjust that. But the weaving is fun.

It’s been the only fun over the last couple of days. I had a doctor’s appointment the other day, follow up to fasting labwork that had been ordered because, let’s face it, I ain’t seventeen anymore. Well, he had news for me: I’m diabetic. I know, thousands upon thousands of people have it and live perfectly normal lives, with the exception that they have to be a bit more careful about what they put in their bodies. But my mother had it too, and her kidneys failed as a complication. Dialysis three times a week, three hours each session. Eventually this complication killed her. So you can imagine that my reaction to the news was anything but, “I can handle this.” No, it was more like down-to-the-bone terror, because all I could see was my mother’s death, and I’m thinking, “I can’t go anywhere. This can’t happen. My kids are too young and still need me.” Silly, right? Like I said, my rational brain was pointing out the fact that 30 million people in the US alone live with diabetes on a daily basis. I’m not the first. Rationally, I know that. But something else kept bringing up pictures of my mom.

It’s taken me several days to equalize from the diagnosis. I’m well aware that I have to make changes now, and I’m finding out that those changes to my eating habits are the hardest ones to deal with. I only ever drink iced tea, for instance. Occasionally, I’ll crave soda for about a week, and then I’m done for awhile, but iced tea is my be-all, end-all. And it must be sweetened, otherwise I may as well be drinking essence of grass. And I’m not a horse.

I also can’t stand the taste of milk. If you want me to turn green, hand me a glass of milk and make me drink it. So now it’s pretty much just water.

Fortunately, I enjoy fish quite a bit, but not so much a fan of chicken. There are a few dishes I like, but overall, I like my fish or my red meat. And getting rid of white rice and potatoes, both of which are staple foods in my house? Doom! Disaster! Devastation! Dogs and cats living together! Give up fries and potato salad?! Could you break my heart any more? My sweet tooth is brokenhearted as well, although it’s probably what got me here in the first place. Oh, yes, this is going to be painful.

As I am fond of saying, there is nothing “golden” about the so-called golden years. The golden years are when you are young and your body can still do amazing things, even while existing on a steady diet of Froot Loops, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell. And no, I’m not quite a senior citizen yet! But though mentally, I am still a spry seventeen year old girl, the body begs to differ. I won’t catalogue things here; let’s just say it laughs at me when I ask it to do certain tasks, like running. Not a chance, Lance. In a horror movie, I’d be the chick who falls down and crawls as the killer is coming up right behind me.

So it’s a brand new day, a whole new chapter of change. It’s gonna hurt, but it’s gotta be done. Wish me luck…I’m pretty sure I’m gonna need it!

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Dragon tablet/inkle weaving loom

It didn’t occur to me until after I typed the title, but it refers to not only the dragon loom in the picture, but also to me. Our high school mascot was a dragon, so of course every student that has ever graduated from there is called, naturally, a dragon. Kind of amusing, but there you go.

The beauty in the picture came from Toplyfiberarts on Etsy. It arrived today, and I’m very happy with it. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the fact that it didn’t have a base; none of them do. So when it is freestanding, it leans on its pegs. That was what I didn’t like. So, immediately, the PIP and I headed out to a specialty lumber yard. The loom is made of African mahogany, and treated with linseed oil, and we wanted the new base to match the loom, thus the specialty yard. We found a nice piece of African mahogany there, although less figured than the loom itself, had it cut to the size we decided on, and then bought a quart of linseed oil before heading back home.

The PIP, as you’ve seen in the earlier post about my new shelves, is a fair hand with woodwork, so when we got home, he proceeded to sand all the edges until they were nicely rounded, then he put me to work applying the linseed oil. Initially, the wood we bought was a different color, but the addition of the linseed oil deepened the color until it matched the loom. Okay, I am certain it’s a dead match. The PIP, who is a perfectionist, to put it in polite terms, says it’s “very close”. What that means, in the language of the rest of the world, is perfect match. He is one of those people who will look at a shelf and say, “It’s not level. It’s off by .0004 millimeters.”  I am the person whose fingers, at that point, are itching to slap him silly. My usual response to such statements is to tell him that he is the only person in the known world who would even notice that. I can’t fault the results of his quest for perfection, but I can tell you that the journey is maddening to everyone around him.

The loom came with a warp already on it, and it’s something new for me. The warp itself is #10 crochet cotton, but the weft surprised me: I swear it is sewing thread. It never occurred to me to use sewing thread for weaving, but it works. As with anything where you want fine detail, smaller is better, and sewing thread definitely falls into that category. So the weaving looks fabulous, but I’m working it very slowly because I’m afraid to break the weft thread!!

Also new to me are the leather tablets that arrived already threaded onto the warp. Leather is about the only material I’d never used as a tablet before. I know they’re historically accurate, so it’s interesting to use them. Depending on how things go with the weaving, I may make some of my own. I’ll certainly be adding more thread to my stash to use in weaving!

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The horn tablets are a bit larger than the bone.

It’s very quiet in the house since Bandit crossed the Bridge. The boys seem to be lost, Vanir more than Thor. Bandit was who he latched onto when he joined the family as a puppy, and he’s been looking for her since she’s been gone. We all have, really. The girls are really devastated, but taking it better than the adults. Fourteen years of “Where’s Bandit? What is she doing?” doesn’t evaporate overnight. She was part of the family, and it’s hard not to have her here. I keep looking for her goofy grin. I even miss yelling at her not to eat the crap she finds outside. There wasn’t much she wouldn’t eat. If she could chew it, clearly, it was edible. The more gross, the better.

I don’t understand how it works. For the most part, when the dogs are inside the house, the older two were sleeping, and thus things were quiet. I don’t understand how it’s even quieter now. But it is, and for now, at least, we’ll have to get used to it.

As for my little weaving experiment, I’m not going to call it an unqualified success, because it’s still on the loom and not finished, but I’ve woven quite far on the DMC satin strap, and it’s continuing to do well. Nothing has snapped or begun to unravel (and now that I’ve said that, I’ve jinxed myself), and I really believe if it was going to, it would have already done so (now I’ve really done it). But as I’m weaving, the bone tablets work their way closer to me with each quarter turn, and at the end of every sequence, I’m pushing them back up the warp. And unlike cardboard tablets, obviously, bone is thicker and more abrasive to the strings, so I’m surprised, really, to see so little wear on the strings. Tablet weaving also requires the weft to be beaten into place more firmly than other types of weaving, and the satin has taken it all like a trooper!

So I’ll almost certainly continue to use the DMC satin for weaving. The downside of that is that it’s pricy, and you can’t get all the available colors in one store. They’re $.99 per 8.7 yard skein. The cost of buying enough satin is  going to be exorbitant. To buy 3 skeins of each color at DMC itself would be measured in hundreds of dollars. I’ll have to work on that slowly lol. But I think it will be worth it. And the way the floss separates on its own at the ends, it’ll be perfect for tassels at the end of the strap.

The horn tablets finally arrived today. Getting them here has been quite the adventure. They were sent once before, from the same company that sent the bone tablets. They made it all the way to Denver, got rerouted to San Francisco, and were returned to Germany, for no reason either the merchant or I could discern. So they sent them again, and this morning before the mailman ever got here, the tracking information said that they had already been delivered and left with someone at the house. Well, of course, the package wasn’t here. This began a round of calling the post office several times, trying to find out what had happened to it. I have been reminded how much I hate computer menus. It took two hours to get to a point where the computer recognized my request to speak to a representative, and then find out that I was going to be on hold for at least another hour. I was still on hold when I heard the mailman filling the boxes outside. I got down there in record time (for me), and found out that the package was in the box waiting. Yes!

Oddly, the bone tablets are a bit smaller than the horn, because according to my order, both sets are 4 cm. Weird. But I’m happy with both, so it’s not a big deal.

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My new bookshelves, built by the PIP!!!

It’s been a busy week. Bryony has a nasty cold and pink eye, Aneira has a stomach issue, and the PIP is complaining of the same. I’m afraid to get near any of them, because whatever they have, I don’t want it!

I also had the dubious honor of someone getting hold of my debit card number and emptying my account by placing an order on eBay in my name. Thank all the gods above and below that I check my email often enough that I saw the order confirmation before my address was flooded with emails from several different countries, in various languages that I don’t speak, or I never would have caught it. As it was, I had to jump through hoops with eBay, the merchant, PayPal, and my bank to get the whole issue resolved. I got my money back, shut down my old card, did the whole security thing, but it left me very pissed off. And, at first, I was also very confused. Why would someone place an order in my name and have it shipped to me? My bank answered that one: because whoever it was is nearby, with the ability to watch the house for a delivery truck, and snatch any package left on my porch. Nice, right? But I was able to contact the merchant, and they managed to get the package back before it got too far. So it won’t be coming here, and I’ll be keeping my eyes open for anyone that doesn’t look like they belong in the area.

In better news, the PIP was remarkably unimpressed by my eight-milk-crate-bookshelf, and as you can see in the picture, he built me the shelves that are now snugged between two of the pillars that run along the right side of my little studio area. The picture doesn’t do them justice; they are gorgeous, and he plans to add more shelving to the room, which I can always use. And every one of my craft books fit on the shelves, leaving room on top for my big guardian dragon!

And I found some adorable weaving tablets at another Etsy store, hipstrings, that are made from resin and beautifully etched. And she did a wonderful thing: she etched the edges of the cards too, with one to four tally marks, so you can keep track of your tablets just by glancing down at the edge. How awesome is that? And why has no one thought of it before?!

Etched resin weaving tablets. Gorgeous.

I’ve been reading Claudia Wollny’s book, Tablets at Work, the last of her books to arrive, and I was right: this is a tablet weaving bible. She included hundreds of patterns to weave, which is fun. One of the problems of tablet weaving is that nothing is standardized. One person does things this way, another does things that way, and still another does things the other way, so unless you get very specific information with a pattern, you could wind up with a completely different look than what you are going for, and that’s mostly been my problem. You need the pattern, to know if you should read the pattern top to bottom or vice versa, left to right or vice versa, the threading pattern, what directions the tablets or threads lie (S or Z), how many cards, what colors…that’s most of the list. And all of it changes according to the pattern writer. The lack of standardization makes it very confusing. But it’s worth it to learn!! For obvious reasons, I can’t post pictures of Claudia’s work, but if you Google her name or search it on Pinterest, I’m pretty sure you’ll find some pictures and see why it’s worth it. Her work is gorgeous.

Well, I’d better get back to studying before I forget where I am. Happy crafting!

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The satin band is on its way

The DMC satin floss experiment has its ups and downs. The thread itself is an “up”: it’s holding up to weaving as well as its regular counterpart so far, which is what I’d hoped for. The slipperiness of it makes it only a little harder to work with than regular cotton floss. Tying on, I discovered, is where it is most difficult. Normally I use a single surgical knot, but with this material, I had to double it so that the knots couldn’t back out. It helps that one thread on each card is normal crochet cotton.

The “down” has been human error. Specifically, my error. Since the pattern is actually reverse engineered from a picture, I wrote it out myself, basing it on a previous band that was a single diamond running up the center of the band. It was a simple 4 forward, 4 backward band, and I thought, well, it’s just a few more diamonds, therefore if I write it and diagram it exactly the same, just wider, it ought to be fine, right? Well, not exactly. I’m learning exactly what I did wrong, because it is a simple FFFF/BBBB design.

The first mistake I made was in creating the warp to begin with, on the warping board. The pattern is written from left to right, the same way you read. So naturally, the first strands on the warp were the ones on the left side of the pattern, and I worked my way across. But the way the Wave is set up, once the warp was on the loom, I realized that the warp was flipped. The orange that should have been on the left is now on the right, as you can see. This wasn’t a complete disaster in itself, because the colors are still in order, just reversed. I could live with that, but I should have warped the board from the end of the pattern first. Next time I’ll know better.

I also had the tablet slants incorrect, and after flipping them, then I had the wrong starting position, and it took enlisting the Facebook group’s help again to get it right. So the top of the band is what I was going for, the bottom is my mess of human error.

Aneira continues to do well. She has refrained from cutting, which is an accomplishment, and we had a meeting today about her medication, to see if dosages needed to be adjusted. After talking to her, it was decided to leave things as they are for another two weeks, and we’ll check again at that time. The downside of the meeting is that there are no after-school appointments available. There are a grand total of eight after-school slots, serving 325 patients. Needless to say, those eight slots are gone pretty quickly, so we did what we could and set the next appointment up for as close to the end of the school day as possible. I’ll have to pick her up early, but she won’t miss a full day of school.

Tomorrow she starts her therapy, so we’ll see how it goes!

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