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.

5 comments:

Woven ~N~ Spun said...

Oh no...but I know you...you will do something amazing with it all no matter what :)

Deborah said...

Wow! I didn't realize you had done so much with your blog! I love it!!!

I'm so sorry about your jacket. I hope you can weave another panel and make it all better.

Pamela said...

I'm so sorry, I would have loved to see your cocoon jacket. What a great shame. I hope you will still make something beautiful with your fabric, and share the pics with us.

Joanne said...

Oh, no! I am so sorry! I am waiting to see what it becomes instead. You are so talented, it will be fabulous.

Margaret at Heritage Yarns said...

Fortunately, Joanne, I figured out something to do. Read on... (-: I'd better not let it alone very long, though, as I don't want it to be an unfinished object.