After one person dropped out, I volunteered to take her place in the Jockey Hollow Weavers Placemat Exchange, June 2009 was the date. I was thrilled to obtain a copy of the rare publication, "Keep Me Warm One NIght" a collection of coverelt drafts, many are overshot. I spent hours inspecting the drafts, I wanted to choose one with a border on all 4 sides and a fairly simple center. I finally selected a draft and threaded my loom. I had woven overshot before in class at FIT, so I felt confident that the most difficult part of the project- designing and threading- was over. This is where the trouble began.
Not only did my weaving not look like the draft, it didn't even look like overshot! I couldnt' figure out whether I was weaving the pattern upside down or not, and my weaving guru tried her best to help me via email, as I sent her photo after photo, taken from the top of the loom and underneath. She questioned why my draft was threaded on 3 harnesses only- I was sure I had done it correctly. I had managed to choose the only threading in the known history of overshot that was threaded on 3 harnesses!
And then there was the problem of the 8" long floats. Part 2 to follow XO Gail & Fog