So, I made a disastrous attempt at re-beaming the warp today. I had previously removed the lease sticks, out of frustration with having to disentangle the warp behind the lease sticks every inch and a half, figuring I could always put them back in later. Otherwise I would have had to advance in one-inch increments, which would have been a real pain.
In retrospect, of course, those lease sticks were in there for a very good reason: to keep the tangles from reaching the heddles.
So, of course, as soon as the tangles reached the heddles, warp threads started snapping.
I’m now in a difficult position. I can’t go forward, because of the tangling. But I also can’t go back, because of the tension problems. I think they would be less problematic than they were in the first half of the warp, but there’s no guarantee that the problem wouldn’t crop up again.
So I am leaning towards cutting off the remaining warp, and starting over.
Benefits of starting over:
- I could take a break from weaving this particular pattern. After a couple of months it’s starting to feel pretty stale.
- I could warp up for some quick samples for the two Complex Weavers articles I promised to write (due August 16), that would make the articles much stronger/more interesting.
- I could fix the problem with the warp beam that was giving me conniptions the last time I wound on.
- I could play around with the Summer and Winter pattern that Sharon Alderman was nice enough to develop for me, and figure out what I wanted to do with the coat pattern.
Benefits of staying the course:
- Not having to re-wind twenty-four 12-yard sections and re-thread nearly 2300 heddles (!). Not to mention re-sleying, fixing threading mistakes, etc.
On the whole, though, I think cutting off the warp and starting over is the better idea. But I’m going to leave it as it is until after I get back from Laura’s.
Which is only THREE DAYS away!! I can’t believe it. Can hardly wait.