Time is a tricky thing with big projects. I looked at the calendar and it appears that I have about 4 months to do my thesis in. It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have 5 or 6 other projects on the go as well. However I think I need The Fear.
So I’ve been warping* an electronic loom for a couple of days now in an attempt to really get into the practical part of my thesis work. At first I thought I would just slap some warpthreads on and get weaving. I also had this clever plan for avoiding the backbreaking part of threading the warp through 16 heddles. Didn’t really work as planned, but I learned some important lessons:
- Don’t warp a loom when tired. It will never work.
- How to rescue the warp after losing the weaving cross. Twice.
- There really is no need to be afraid of wasting warpthread. Mistakes happen and most of the time it is possible to save the situation.
- You can put a new warp on by leaving a bit of the old warp, then tying new warp threads on them and then just pulling the new warp through the heddles. Saves so much time.
Still I ended up making so many mistakes (was very tired), that I had to go through the process of threading the warp anyway.
See all that white thread on white thread. Not a fun process.
Some genius engineer could do the world of weavers a favour and re-invent the loom, so that this doesn’t need to done the way it’s been done for the past 1000 years. My spine will thank you.
*For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a blog with very good pictures: http://trashmagination.com/threading-a-warp-on-a-floor-loom/