Gail is back- some success, another EQUIPMENT FAIL

weave success

Dear Determined Weavers,

I have been away from my loom for awhile, I was knitting slipper socks for my BIL for Christmas- I am relieved to report that they were a SUCCESS!  Now i have the courage to return to my overshot placemat threading error, and after such a long hiatus, I was dreading the confusion of a forgotten threading pattern.  To my surprise, I was able to get the threading corrected very quickly!! YAAA!!!  I took a photo to show you that I fixed the error, which was on the left side of the warp, but i had a little Photo Fail, and cropped off the side of the warp that I fixed! 

However, pride comes before the inevitable  FALL/FAIL, which you see below.  Threading error corrected, BUT when winding a new bobbin for the pattern thread, I grabbed one that is too fat for my shuttle.  The bobbin is not overwound, the diameter is too large for the shuttle and will not turn.  Since i cannot find where I "stored" my other shuttles, I am stuck using this one, so that means rewinding onto a regular tall thin bobbin and setting this thick "vintage" one aside so that I dont' commit the same FAIL again! 

        Happy New Year, all!  XO Gail & Fog




Posted on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 02:39

yeah, Gail!

Hey! It looks like you might be weaving my color! (Okay, there were only 3 of us with green in the series.)

When I wove my set, I alternated the green between each other color so I wouldn't get bored. I had fun with the boldness of the gold, red, and blue ones. Have fun!

Posted on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:53

Hey Gail,

I found a good way to avoid bobbin fail.  I use paper and make bobbins or pirns from the paper.  I roll it snugly onto my hand crank bobbin winder and slip the cut end of the thread in the last 20% of the paper as I roll it on.  Then, I just roll to the size that will fit in the shuttle.  It avoids bobbin fail which was happening much too often.

Happy weaving,


Posted on Sun, 01/16/2011 - 16:51


Dear Sally,

Sorry, that is not your green in the first placemat, it is DL's blue.  She has teased me a little about my (lack) of progress (my words not hers).  You know the old adage, "the wheel that squeaks the loudest gets the most oil."  AHAHAHHA!!! XO Gail & Fog