Crazy as a Loom

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Success.

OK, I confessed about my mistake.........one part of a three piece rug TWENTY FREAKING INCHES too long.
Breathe.  Breathe.
Well, this morning, with MUCH trepidation, Lois and I decided to tackle the job of taking the 20" off, which is an issue, due to the HEM.
We wanted to take the fabric part of the rug out, and slide the hem up ( that's the  two inches of white on the end)
Good luck with that, right???


We tied the warp threads together at the end, so we could slide this piece of wood in it, to put some tension on it.
Then very slowly, and very carefully, we pulled the fabric out, one row at a time.
GENTLY.



Here it is, with a couple of inches done.

Here we have several inches done, and to be honest, it was getting scary.


Somehow, unweaving is not cool.

Here we are almost ready for the BIG MOVE.
The 2" of white needs to be up tight to the fabric.
Gulp.


But at this point, we need some tension........so a bag of cat food on the rug, and the wooden piece is hooked on the backs of the bar stools.
And you can see the header, moving up towards the rug.....one thread at a time.


It ain't pretty.


Sydney says:

HOLY CRAP.


The end is in sight........I have no idea how long this took, but let me just tell you that at lunch time we ate on the porch, because there was no moving this rig.


Looking  a little raggedy, but almost home.
If you look closely, you can see where I lashed the last two shots of fabric together with a red thread.
(that was L's idea, and it was a good one)

I told L we would have to do a happy dance if we pulled this off.


Sydney threw herself on the floor with joy.


Here it is.....all pinned.  Now just to pull the red thread out, and sew the hem on the machine......twice, for good measure.


Hallelujah.
I am SO proud of us.
I can't believe we really did it.
Wow.


Jinx is apparently not that impressed.
Pretty, but not impressed.
Or is she praying???



17 comments:

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

I'm impressed!

Snappy Di said...

That would have given me a total panic attack to undo that! You are a total genius when it comes to weaving... well, probably other things too, but WAY genius at weaving!! Way. Way Way.

LynneK said...

We're all doing the happy dance for you. I'm glad you were able to fix it. And people wonder why we have gray hair!

MarthaVA said...

Wow - brave! Good going!!! You and L did a wonderful job.
Sydney says she had all the confidence in the world that you would get it to work. :-)
Jinx sees lots of loose yarn floating around and wants to play!
Congrats on the great save.
I started a new project today on my new-to-me Baby Wolf (which is at least 16 yrs old) and it is going VERY well. My first time with chenille. Rayon chenille. Whew.
Take care
Martha

MarthaVA said...

P.S. - I'm missing me some Roy. Please put him back in your header?
And give him a hug. I'm in luv. :-D

Martha

Cait Throop said...

Holy crap is right!! I have never attempted this one! You are one amazing weaver!!

Cait Throop said...

...er...maybe I should say unweaver! :D

Joy said...

Well THAT was stressful!!!! I'm impressed!

claudia w said...

Pretty darned cool. I hope I grow up to weave like you someday!

Lona said...

Wow, I'm impressed, too. I would have never been brave enough to try that. And if I had been brave enough, I would never have been patient enough to pull it off successfully. Kudos!

Jaimie said...

Oh Ma Gah...I can't believe you were able to do that! Time consuming and anxiety provoking!

Acorn to Oak said...

Whew! I'm glad you were able to save it. And, at least it was too long instead of too short. Your kitties are so cute and such good cheerleaders. :-)

amyfibre said...

Delurking to say...CONGRATULATIONS! That was an impressive fix. Good for you for diving in. You both must be so proud of the successful fix...prouder even than of the original weaving. Hope you have a great weekend.

linda said...

Good for you! I was wondering how it would be fixed...it's fascinating and not a little scary to see the un-doing.
To paraphrase Julia Roberts ~ "Big fix. Huge."

Anonymous said...

Amazing save! You girls are great!! Wish I could stay that cool and collected when I make a big mistake! We are bracing for the 7 plus inches of rain we are supposed to get! Deb from Cobleskill I was coming up yesterday when I heard that Saratoga was congested and the northway was at a standstill!! I have to find a better route north. lol Debbie from Cobleskill

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I believe that if Websters ever needs to work on the definitions of "tedious" and "painstaking" they can reference this post!
Congratulations on your "de" and "re" weaving!

Sharon said...

What a nightmare and huge time suck! Happy endings diminish the memory - maybe.

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