(Cake reference, anyone?… they sing a song called “Going the Distance”…. it’s not as clever if you have to explain it… just smile and nod!)
The fabric is coming off! Woohoo! (Insert dorky happy dance here!) There are just a few more inches to go!
I’ve trained my entire family to clap and congratulate me when I tell them I can “see the knots”! It signifies the end of another lovely project!
It’s always good to keep an eye on your progress. Makes for lovely pictures, too! (See below.)
I tend to take pictures about 3 inches away from the fabric. So, I have to remind myself that every so often, my friends might need a wide angle shot for perspective! I could lie to you and say that my working space is usually neater. But, I won’t. Let’s just chalk it up to the right side of the brain who likes it messy.
To make sure the fabric is winding on evenly, I use yardsticks in between the layers. Typically, when one stick falls off the back beam, I simply move it to the front. It’s a pretty good system most days!
So, let’s cut this off, shall we? I like to start in the middle. I don’t think the world will end if I start on the end. But, I’d rather not risk it!
I tie knots about every inch as I go along. It keeps all the players from shifting too much. And because my seamstress will be slicing it up, it’s not as critical that it look pretty, just functional!
So, imagine if you will. I have yarns that have been under tight tension and suddenly, the tension is gone. The front beam whirls around on it’s own, dumping fabric and yardsticks in a fabulous pile at the bottom of the loom! Good entertainment, let me tell you! Might not be for everyone, but it does it for me!
So, this is as far as I got! I will clean up the fabric, clear out the yardsticks and meet you back here next week for the final unveiling! You’ve been wonderfully patient! Talk to you soon…