Sunday, January 27, 2008
The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men
sometimes go awry... The cocoon fabric has been beaded, fringed and wet-finished and one panel is shorter than the other. After all these years of pattern weaving, you would think I would have remembered to count the repeats. I generally have a pretty even beat and I measured precisely. I think part of the problem is that it stayed on the loom too long. Even with tension removed when I wasn't weaving, I suspect the warp stretched as the rayon content is heavy. Surely there is a way to salvage the fabric for a jacket of some type but not the cocoon jacket I envisioned and not one for the guild show. (Sorry, Sharon.) I do have one red scarf to pull out of the hat so that at least there will be another item for our show. And the remaining warp on the loom? I will consider whether to cut it off as it has become a "dog on the loom." Or maybe I shouldn't... it would give me additional fabric and extra options for constructing a jacket. In fact, now that I think about it, there are 3 extra meters of warp and I could actually weave another panel. This time, I think I'll count the repeats and try to be a little faster about weaving it. Oh, but will the "stretch" be the same? All in a year's work.