I like to think in series. Maybe that's because I have so much trouble making a decision. Since I can't choose a favorite, I choose 3 favorites, or 7, or 10.
I just concluded my dishtowel series, dishtowels from a kit, then 3 sets of towels from articles in Handwoven with modifications. The goal of that series was to create usable dishtowels, with the possibility of them being presentable enough to give as gifts.
In addition, I wanted to learn to dress the loom and improve my selvedges.
Now that I've met all of those goals, it's time to move on.
I'm calling my next series 2 -> 12.
Why? Because my Toika loom is currently set up with 2 shafts, but when I add all the moving parts, it will be a 12 shaft loom.
My idea for this series is to make samples or items, using 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, then 12 shafts.
I thought about stepping up sequentially: 2,3,4,5,6,7,... but concluded it might take me the rest of my natural life. By increasing two shafts at a time, I should still have years left to enjoy my loom in all its glory. (I kid, I kid!)
Some people might dive right in with all 12 shafts. I'd be more tempted to do that if the loom had been properly set up with 12 shafts when I got it. The previous owner converted it from linen cords to Texsolv, but she did mostly 4 shaft weaving and never was happy with the shed or the mechanics of the loom.
I figure if I add shafts 2 at a time, I can adjust things and get them to work while the loom is simple. I want to really understand it before I start chopping up the (expensive) Texsolv. And just avoid some frustration if I can. I just realized that's also the engineering side of my brain saying "Change one variable at a time" which is a tried and true debugging strategy.
So that's my plan. You know what they say about plans.....
1 day ago