My weaving instructor rethreaded the mistake in my warp over the weekend – have I mentioned just how awesome she is? I began to weave this throw in earnest last night. It’s a lot of fun. I love a complicated pattern and overshot really fills that bill. The draft is hanging from the castle of the loom at the top of the photo (well part of it is). I was able to get through 3 1/2 repeats and probably wove 15 inches or so.
I’m still a little bit in awe of the whole process. It amazes me that something that looks this incredibly complicated can be quite simple if you break it into small steps, sort of like life’s problems. Weaving could really be used as a metaphor for life with all of its steps in process, problems to be figured out, moving through it with some mundane work interspersed with possible broken threads or mistakes.
As you weave you become intimate with the pattern, you know every jog and curve. The draw down on the draft tells me exactly where I have left off in the treadling. It’s a good thing because I have to rewind the bobbin with the red yarn about a third of the way through each repeat. I’m always coming back to my bench and thinking, “Hmmmm, where was I?” I’m happy to report that it became much easier to figure out the third time through. I think the best part about this pattern is by the time I’m sick of weaving the repeats I’ll be done! Win, win.