Hey – hey – can you believe it – I’ve actually gotten to adding bamboo to the warp on the Leclerc loom! I chose to try to cut them with a pipe cutter since they are basically round. It worked rather well when the place I choose to cut was round, but not so when there was a flat. I was able to create about 15 sticks to the right length before the blisters started to form. Oooo – gotta find another way and I think it will involve power tools – like a chop saw!
I did put the bamboo in as they were cut. I also started with smaller ones and increased them as I went. I found it took a number of them to be in place before the warp would hold them in place. In fact as each new piece was woven in, all those beneath it would need to be packed down and then repacked with the next. In the end I was able to place 11 in the warp. And here we are…
It’s been a few months since I’ve mentioned weaving with silk. I became stuck once I hit a wall with the tree that I started in September. If you don’t remember (and I’d be surprised if you do!), it was a two wedge weave sections side by side. The wedges were woven in the opposite directions so gaps were found in center of the weave. I found when I reached the top of the tree, I had made a rather large mistake. The background is pick and pick yellow and white. At the top, I had wanted to tie the two halves together with one wedge across the top. It turns out the I did not have the yellow and white in the right order in the second half. The only choices I could see is to start over or to tear it all out.
I was just not sure I liked the piece enough to tear it out or to even begin a new one. So it has sat unattended. I’ve learned that when I hit a wall with something that my heart is not quite in, I often move to other things. I was hoping for some inspiration and yet I walked away from it. What do you do when you face that wall?
Inspiration did come one day. I wrote “joy” in my journal. It was simply a word in a sentence, but the shape I had created made me stop. The “j” and the “y” sloped to create a triangle. I abandoned the tree and moved to joy. So here we go!