Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Project Woes

I decided to change creative directions in order to get back on track. I've been stymied lately and really need to get myself motivated again.

So, I turned to the inkle loom. My Etsy shop could use a few more pieces of tablet woven trim. It's been awhile since I've made any new ones and several have sold over the last few months.

This project has been fraught with problems from the start. I selected burgundy and bright yellow crochet cotton to work with this time, a lovely combination.

I chose a very simple pattern that I've used before. I still consider myself a beginner at weaving but I have had success with this design before so it seemed like a good choice.

Then my troubles began. I started warping up the loom only to discover that the tensioner was not doing the job it was hired to do and I ended up having to cut my losses on that thread. I hate wasting supplies but there was no way to recover from it.

I had to get a friend to fix the tensioner for me before I could make another attempt at it. I began to warp up the loom once more. Step one  was completed successfully this time. Hurray!

Trying to establish the pattern is always a bit of a challenge for me. There was a lot of frustration and concentrated effort along the way but I finally got it going the way that I wanted.

I have about 6" of a 9' piece done, when one of the threads break! Are you kidding me? It is at times like this when I can see the value of 'scream therapy'. I cannot believe the bad luck that I'm having with this project.

My task this evening is to see if I can 'fix' it. I am going to be very upset if I can't. Wish me luck.


  1. Grrrrrrrrr...I hope you can fix the broken thread and make at a reasonable "batch of lemonade" out of this seemingly cursed project. The colours you have chosen are fabulous!

    1. Thanks, Yvonne. I sure hope that it all works out too.

  2. ahhh, thats what happened to you!!! I'm sorry you have been in a bit of a slump lately. I have been feeling the same but I have no other outlet except TV and word search puzzles. I have looms and I have rug hook kits but I can't seem to get into these. I have started the MMM projects and am now working on the inchies one. All I have so far are backgrounds for them. Anyway...hope you are taking care.

    1. Sometimes a change is as good as a rest. I just needed to focus on something different for a bit.