Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Yesterday, I was inspired by David at The Weaving Studio, and I decided to take my loom apart, clean it, and oil it. I used Tung Oil, and I think it made a nice difference. But in the process, my loom hurt me! I was oiling the treadles and not paying much attention when my finger snagged on the underside of one of them. I yanked my hand out from under the loom and discovered a huge piece of wood protruding from the tip of my left ring finger. The biggest splinter ever. I called for help because my mind categorized the injury as "impalement" rather than "splinter" and I kind of lost my cool. Gus rushed to my rescue and tried to yank the thing out, but it only broke off. And now I have a gigantic piece of beautifully polished loom wood in my finger. And it hurts! And advice on how to get it the heck out of me?

Despite my serious injury I was able to wind a new warp and beam it on today. I am using a combination of Lynnette's and Margaret's warping methods.
I don't own a raddle, but I do own some craft sticks and masking tape, so this is what I rigged up:
It is far from ideal, but it kept the yarn spaced fairly evenly while I beamed it on.
Yellow is not usually my color, but I like this a lot.
It felt like I spent more time finger combing this warp than I usually had to with my old "front to back" warping method. But I guess that makes sense because it isn't through the reed yet and I don't have a proper raddle. But how do you other folks deal with messes like this?

1 comment:

  1. Great improv with the 'raddle'! Weavers are such an inventive a problem? we'll work a way around it!

    As for the splinter/ impalement: grab your courage and a long straight pin. Run through a flame to sterilize. When cool, use the end to 'tease' the end of ther wound until you have exposed the end of the wood. (yup, it hurts!) Then use fine needle nose tweezers to nip the end and pull out. Clean wound and tools with peroxide and wrap with a dab of antibiotic ointment and a bandage. Now significant other must cook, do dishes or take you out for dinner.
    You are after all, wounded and in recovery.
    Yarn also takes the pain away!

    Are you a guild mate or friend to Cindie (Eweniquely Ewe) or Theresa ( Camprunamok)? They are cyber friends of mine and it seems that Oregon is a real corner of weaving and fibre arts in the PNW.

    a bit north of you on Vanc. Isl.