If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. – William J. Clinton
Last week I shared that I had made several mistakes in a weaving project and my decision was to go back, fix the errors, and begin again.
Now here it is Monday and I am happy to announce that I fixed the problems – it was not easy, but it was not impossible! I made the errors because I over thought the threading pattern and the process.
The hurrier I go, the behinder I get – Lewis Carroll
Last week, I beamed my warp (weavers speak for winding the warp threads on the back beam). This week, I made a valiant attempt at a tricky threading of the heddles. Attempt being the key word.
I made multiple threading errors that I should have noticed when I did my few picks of plain weave. Again, please take note that I said should have.
Some days the things you try are wildly successful. They are incredibly motivating and exciting.
Then there are the days that are the polar opposite of Wildly Successful – the challenge is to find motivation in not winning and not give up in the process.
I have recently finished watching Janet Dawson’s wonderful Craftsy class on floor loom weaving (which is on sale today, FYI) and I was eager to become a beginner weaver again. After a couple of simple projects, I tried a project that was a bit more than I was ready for and rather than finding inspiration in Not Winning, I let it stymie me and my loom sat in silent abandon, warped with the doomed project.
Weaving is not like knitting, where you can unravel your mistakes and use the yarn again. Which makes weaving mistakes a bit of a challenge in and of itself. You see, to “unravel” weaving you have to cut the project off the loom.
Cut. It. Off.