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Friday, March 21, 2008

CLASS #101 - HOW NOT TO WARP YOUR LOOM

I have been neglecting my weaving loom and decided last night is was high time I put some warp on and get going, well, that's what I thought anyway.
I warp my loom using a peg and directly on to the loom, a la Ashford Style , so I started my usual way. I was using cabled crochet cotton and regular crochet cotton, for a shawl. Everything was going as planned and then it started getting weird, as I was winding up the back beam, the warp slid off my banner sheet on to the bare back beam then into the join the yarn was tangling up on the heddle before it was going through, you'd think I would have stop and reassessed at this venture, but no, not me. I managed to get it all on and I thought well I'll just wind forward and fix it. HA!! that was the understatement of the year!! Stupid me didn't use a seperator sheet for that and guess what happened next? Well needless to say I was beyond annoyed with myself, and for a person that can curse effectively in three different languages, if you include my high school French, well everyone took cover the DH went into the bedroom, the dog in the cage and my DD who had just come home from work never said a word. Think Ricky Ricardo to the tenth power, multiply by 1000 and then you can get a picture, not a pretty sight.


I decided to cut my losses, since the yarn is not expensive enough to worry about so, I started to chop it out, at the time I could have really taken the circular saw to it, but I love my loom so I cut, and cut and cut and cut, did I say I cut. After I sat for two minutes and laughed through the tears, I decided I need to take some pics . So I present to you the Yarn Disaster of 2008.

I could only salvage the cabled crochet yarn, so I have to start, shall we say "OVER".

6 comments:

Peg in South Carolina said...

Are you laughing yet...........(grin!). Good pictures. Fun story. Glad it was not good yarn. Would love a post on your warping procedure. I can't quite envision it from your brief description.

Kansas A said...

I have no idea about "warping a loom" but that does look like quite the mess! I hope your next attempt you get it all figured out, and hopefully no one is within earshot :)

Lona said...

My sympathies. BTDT, sort of. Nothing unsalvagable, but painful enough...

Leigh said...

Oh my, hopefully it's good for a laugh now though it wasn't at the time, I know! I always chalk up my disasters to "learning experience." Too bad I have to have so many.

Elaine said...

I've had this happen, more times than I care to remember. ...yup, I know how you feel. BTW I too, like warping the "ashford" method, makes it soooo much easier.

D Nelson said...

I know this is an old post but thanks for the laugh! My Weaving 101 prof gave us the list of "How to Warp" in 11 Steps!" and then proceeded to say they are 1 to 11 for a reason ---- "DON"T come whining to me if you do 5 before 3 --- there is a reason and I will HELP you LAST!" Enough said about how I learned to warp! Let's just say in order!

dnelson