today was a much, much better crafting day. not perfect by any stretch, but moderately successful.
i'd set out to achieve what i failed to achieve yesterday: warp (successfully) for a project by myself before my next class, which is in a month.
to achieve this goal, i decided to use a few skeins of peaches and cream cotton--the stuff that people buy to make washcloths and bibs. when we first finished the second-floor bathroom, i'd bought one skein of every color (i know), thinking i'd make a bath rug. yeah. that never happened. i never even opened the shipment when it came, and it sat in our dining room until today.
anyway, i thought i'd warp for a piece about 40 inches long and 20 inches wide and turn that into a bag for my loom supplies--the heddles, hook, clamps, peg, all that stuff.
so i set up the loom on its stand and clamped the warping peg to the far end of the coffee table. perfect distance. i could even perch on the coffee table while i did it, until i got to the middle of the loom. i was a happy camper, warping with bright, tropical colors: bright yellow, delft blue, and bright orange.
the problem was that the loom wasn't well anchored against the tension of the warping, so it kind of slid closer and closer to the peg as i worked. this means (in case you've never done this before) that the warps i wrapped at the beginning, when the loom was in place, were like 72 inches long, and the warps i wrapped at the end, when the loom had slid and slid and slid closer, were probably not much more than half that.
the next step after measuring the warps (which is really what all this wrapping is called) is to get them all the same length and tension. i won't go into the details, because it'll bore you if you don't weave and you already know it if you do, but the point is that the short warps are as long as i can go.
so i was successful in achieving the big-picture goal. i warped and wove. the project came out only about a square--maybe 2 feet by 2 feet--and it's much more loosely woven than i'd intended. but it's even, and it's even kind of pretty. no idea what i'll do with it. but i'm glad i tried and got it.
edited to add a photo. i forgot that people do that sort of thing.
now i'm trying to decide what yarn to use for my next weaving project and where to anchor the loom and the peg *this* time so it's better than this time. it's very motivating to try to get it right.