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I started my weaving project last week. I'll show you pictures in a while, but first let me speak for my students, or ALL students. It is hard to learn something new! How many time do you say "Go read the directions, then see if you understand. Come back if you have questions."
I read the directions, often. I took notes, many. I watched Youtube, for various things, but mostly how to warp a loom. Some of you will understand and others of you are already mystified.
I studied, read to prep for today, the day I had earmarked to get everything ready and to begin. It took me five hours to complete what you will soon see. I am not good at reading directions for hands-on things, but I learned a few things about that, things I know as a teacher, but I'm not very patient in giving myself time to explore. I want to do it NOW! I suppose it's a time thing-too much I want to get to without messing about. This leads me to my OLW, "wander". Earlier, I interpreted that to be one who does "wander" without worrying about the result, being an explorer. Choosing to do the weaving is part of that, but figuring out all the steps is, too, and I wasn't very patient. Ahem, here is the beginning, and finally THE BEGINNING!
|Remember the directions? Really difficult to decipher, the words and drawings-only working hands-on helped me understand. I'm working on a rigid heddle loom.|
|See the tangles. I had to start doing the warp wrap (those vertical lines one weaves in and out of) without a warp board, started three times! But by doing, I figured out what the directions explained.|
|Without a neat warp board, which consists of nicely implanted dowels on a board, I created my own contraption. As you can see, my dining chairs have no protruding spindles, so I had to improvise two upside-down miscellaneous chairs.|
|I hope you can see the strings of the warp-light green, but this is the start of fixing them. Finally they are all through the heddle (holes and slats)-that cross piece sticking up.|
|And here is another view, all tied up at the fabric end.|
|The far end. One can roll out more warp as the piece becomes longer.|