Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Motif units woven I have woven the first small part of the scarf, the part where I laid out the motif units. Compare this with the draft drawn up in weaving software:


It is helpful to know that in the actual fabric, the treadling is read from bottom to top; in the draft it is read from top to bottom. It is also helpful to know that I treadled two treadle units for each motif so that I could see what they looked like one on top of the other. And it is helpful to know that I treadled three groups of all red treadles between each group of motif units.

Juxtaposing draft and fabric shows more clearly than words possibly could the limitations of weaving software.


I now see just how clear a particular problem is, a problem I had thought not particularly important. This problem appears smack in the middle of the photo. It reveals itself in the motif unit on treadle four where one of the weft floats is just a bit longer than the others. But when I look for it on the draft itself, I cannot see it.



I opened the original draft. The threading in that area does look strange. But no long float shows anywhere on treadle 4. Time to look at the heddles.


Actually, time to make chocolate chip cookies for a dinner tonight. Sounds like as good excuse as any for procrastinating a bit. I need a fresh day and a clear head to deal with this.

Licking the bowl might help too?

Related Post:
Threading Error Revisited
Threading Difficulties

The Motif Units Treadled” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on May 6, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Susan said...

Oh, dear!
I feel your pain...

who's been there so many times!

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thanks, Susan. You are one of my models for perfectionism though I doubt I will ever quite reach your standards! Still, I will try.