Did you ever have a project with a “looming” deadline and nothing goes right? Well, that’s what happened while trying to weave the Country Rustic Towels.
First, my loom literally fell apart! Yep, heard a weird noise but didn’t bother checking, looked down when I realized that a shaft wouldn’t raise and there was part of the jack just laying on my treadles. A tiny little pin fell out of a joint. It was not hard to repair..just difficult to find the pin. Lesson learned here: always have a few spare parts around!
Hollow Pin part #P0000004 (now I know…ordered a dozen, just in case!)
After that mess, which made me lose a half day of weaving time, I continued weaving Towel #1, but while advancing the warp I realized that something had gone way wrong with the warping process because all of a sudden, the entire left side of the warp was loose. It seems that while I was winding on the warp, the heavy paper I use to wind on with, bunched up on that side. When I got to that point and the paper fell out, so did my lovely warp…all out of shape. The solution? Cut off what I had already woven – 1 towel plus 1/3rd of the 2nd towel – and rewind. Okay, all good, right? Not!
Seems the problem was more then just one bunched up piece of heavy paper. I had recently bought new reeds for my loom and because it didn’t fit snug in the beater, while I was winding on, it slipped and so the warp turned out to be totally askew. So, I unwound it all, found a solution to the problem of slippage (thanks, Neil!), and wound it back again. A rather long warp, that added another 1.5 days to the process. Now all was good and weaving continued.
A strip of rubber tape, did the trick! That reed isn’t going anywhere!
There are times that when the frustration builds I would like to just rip off a warp and say “the heck with it” but I’m so glad I worked through the issues. It was a long warp for lots of towels. I wind front to back and it takes time and patience to wind on and tie up the best warp possible. The towels, once off the loom washed up beautifully and I’m a happy camper…ah, weaver.