Why is it I wait so long to get Christmas presents finished? After three days of threading over 900 lilac and purple 5/2 cotton threads I finally got to sit down and begin weaving yesterday.
Let me tell you a secret, I am a bit embarrassed to share this but I royally messed up. This throw is supposed to be a colonial double weave - blooming leaf overshot pattern. Does it look like overshot to you? Nah....Seems I forgot something very elemental.
I have a countermarch loom with 6 treadles. To weave this pattern you need to be able to use three treadles at the same time, and as we all know (well, apparently not me) you cannot do that on a countermarch loom. Rats! Foiled again.
What to do? First I tried tying up just the rising treadles, this method did not work the shed was really bad. Next I tried tying up each separate treadle to accomplish all the patterns I needed. Did not work, I don't have enough treadles to do that and there is no way I wanted to keep climbing under the loom to retie every so often. Too time consuming and too hard on the back.
That leaves me with two options. One option - use what I had already threaded - remember it took me three full days to thread this pattern. Option two - rethread a totally different pattern and get on with it. Time is short, Christmas is mere days away....
While contemplating my problem it occurred to me that I had threaded a shadow weave pattern. Lilac thread, dark purple thread, lilac thread, etc.
"Shadow weave looks like twill but it is really plain weave with scattered 2-thread floats" (sounds like I know what I am talking about, but I read this in Madelyn van der Hoogt's "Complete Book of Drafting For Handweavers"). After reading this, I decided to use what I already had on the loom and decided to weave a shadow weave twill pattern.
Mind you this is not how I wanted the throw to turn out, but it will do for now.
My next adventure is tie onto this warp with another shadow weave warp to weave a darker version of this throw for my Grandson. Having never tied one warp to another I hope this experiment goes well, wish me luck.
Until then....happy weaving.