Weaving a Yarn #2

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to weave. 

~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

After months and months of struggling through my first weaving project I’m finally catching on. Or at least it’s starting to feel better. Last week was two hours of hell. I kept losing my place in my pattern, completely zoning out and having to rip out whole inches of work over and over again. The particular pattern I choose doesn’t jive mathematically with the number of warp, or vertical threads, I have on my loom, so half the time I don’t catch the last thread in the pattern. And Sally, who’s been weaving for about thirty years, can’t figure out why. It’s been slightly nightmarish and most weeks I leave with a pounding headache. That was however, until last night, when for whatever reason, instead of zoning out, I was able to zone completely in. My pattern was suddenly and effortlessly memorized. The two times I momentarily lost my place, I was able to figure out where I was just by looking at the piece. My shuttle flew through my warp threads almost rhythmically. After one hour and forty-five minutes I had completed twenty inches of perfect pattern. It was a good night.


One response to this post.

  1. What a victory! I love that feeling of enlightenment 🙂


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