If at first…

…you don’t succeed, try, try again. If you’re still not succeeding, it’s time to change the plan.

I wanted to do a Bertha Gray Hayes miniature overshot pattern for the chair fabric. I planned to use doubled 5/2 cotton for the pattern weft, with the warp and the tabby weft both 8/2 cotton. So I tried with the dark green cotton.

bad overshot #1

Those motifs are supposed to be square. I was beating hard, but SOOOO not square. A more experienced weaver would know instantly if my sett was too close or too far apart. But the reality is I didn’t want to re-thread the heddle. Not because of the time involved so much, but more because I need the fabric to be this wide. My loom won’t accommodate wider and the my chairs couldn’t handle it narrower.

So I tried with two other wefts. First a thicker and softer purple cotton, just to see how it work work. Then a thinner variegated cotton used for both pattern and tabby weft.

bad overshot, #2

Nope and nope.

I tried other things, none of them successful. So it was time to change the plan. I changed to a standard 4H tie-up (1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-1), and treadled the same pattern as I’d threaded. I like the pattern. Its floats are longer than desirable for upholstery fabric, but I decided I would proceed anyway. My photos of the upper side of the fabric didn’t turn out well, but here’s the under side.

underside of chair fabric

I will likely change treadling pattern and/or weft color for the other 3 cushions.

Today I took the leap. Went to Home Depot and bought a stove and a microwave. I really kind of had to, since someone was coming to buy my electric stove this afternoon. I knew the stove wouldn’t be able to be delivered immediately, and couldn’t function for even a few days with just a toaster oven. I could eat cold food and/or order food or go out to eat, but not being able to make tea for 3 or more days? Untenable. I made the decisions for both appliances using info with a one-month subscription to Consumer Reports. Frigidaire stove, GE microwave.

The nuker is sitting on a folding table for now. I still need to make decisions about a cupboard or two in the kitchen. I did move the frig to the nook and I LOVE it there! The kitchen seems so much bigger. This is the last room I have to deal with and I have made lots of progress, so I don’t feel too bad about the fact that it’s still in transition.

1 comment to If at first…

  • You know, I used a Bertha Grey draft on my little Gilmore and couldn’t get it to do what hers did no matter what I tried either. I may just hide that book on a back shelf somewhere.
    Congrats on the new appliances! Hope you got some fancy tea to celebrate the maiden “boil”!

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