Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Today I went back to the loom—at last!—to continue the interminable sleying.  Much to my joy I finished sleying the right side.  That was all I had intended to do today.  But……………..there really wasn’t a whole lot to sley on the left side…………….why don’t I just make a start?

Sleying the left side has been a nightmare, largely because of the threading.  On the right side, the loom was threaded such that every 4 threads were pulled from one set of shafts and every other 4 threads were pulled from the second set of shafts.  And there are 4 ends in each  space. 

But on the left side, I clearly did something with the threading.  No threading error really shows because the error was in a transition from one block to another.  But because of this error, every 4 threads I pull out to sley has 3 ends from one set of shafts and 1 end from the other.  That way lies madness.  Even my fancy auto sley hook gave me such grief that I had to resort to pulling out only 4 ends at a time and sleying it with an ordinary sley hook.

I did get 16 ends sleyed on the left side and, given a fresh start on another day, I should be able to finish it in one sitting.  Hope springs eternal…………..

I do actually have plans for this miserable warp.  It had, long long ago, been intended as a shawl for a competition.  Forget it.  What I am now thinking of is creating some pillows out of it, perhaps cutting it up into patchwork.  If I do the patchwork thing, it could possibly work into an interesting vest.

I do hope my imagination returns when I start the actual  weaving!

Happy New Year!

Related Post:  Pulling My Head out of the Sand

Getting There But Going Crazy” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on January 4, 2011. ©2010 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!
So glad to see you returning to the loom.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thanks, Fibresofbeing!