Yesterday, being a bonus day off work and the beginning of the new year, I was determined to do no work. I just wanted to do something I have been wanting to do but hadn’t had the time. That was get my loom threaded at a minimum, and the warp wound on and ready to weave if I could.
I still had 300 ends to thread, so I sat down and began. After each 100 end bout, I stopped, checked to make sure I had no threading errors, and tied them in a slip knot to protect what was done once I was sure it was correct.
When I got the last bout done, and had the reed all full, I started checking the last 100 ends.
Let’s see, they should start with 2-1-2-3-4-3-2-1…
Instead, they started with 2-1-1-2-2. Nowhere in my threading do 2 harness 1′s go together, or 2 harness 2′s. So the last 98 ends of this bout need to be pulled, recrossed, and rethreaded. At that point, I decided that I was neither in the mood to do this, nor did I have enough good light left from the day to see it all properly to rethread it.
Tonight, after I get off work, and take a load of movies to Half Price Books to sell, I’ll get the 98 threads pulled and recrossed. I’m going to use one of my 3-yard warping boards to help me preserve my cross. It will be tomorrow night before I can rethread those 98 ends, but once they are done, I can ask Scott’s assistance to get the 10 yard warp wound into place. I’m going to try something different this time. I am going to use lease sticks in front of the reed to help smooth the 10/2 ends while I wind on. This is unmercerized cotton, and sticky enough to create lots of tangles if we aren’t careful.
So, how did you spend your New Year’s Day?