Humpf

So I didn’t win. I didn’t even come in the top 3, or top 10 come to that.
In case you have no idea what I’m on about, see the previous post, but I didn’t win.
I’m trying to be all noble about it but I’m a little put out. I know I don’t look it , but I’m really only 13 and my ego is a fragile beast.
Take a look; it’s ok, I can show you now.

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That was my entry: a doubleweave baby wrap, using over 2000 (I’ve pretty much told everyone this bit…and will continue to do so for years to come) ends. For the non-weavers, those are the long threads, each of which had to be wound, threaded through a teeny hole then pulled through a teeny gap. For the weavers out there – I KNOW!!
It’s made with embroidery thread as I didn’t want it to be stiff and unfloppy which doubleweave can be if you’re not careful, in about 18 different shades. Its mercerised cotton so has a slight gleem to it, especially in the sunlight.
It was inspired by Kilmt’s ‘Mother and Child’, I think the squares of the draft/pattern reflect his use of gold and colouring. I wanted to give an impression of the hues used in the painting as well as ‘becoming’ the arms of the mother around the child, through the purpose of the wrap itself.
I was really disappointed with the selvedges, they were neat on the loom but post-wash they went all, how can I say it, wonky. Plus I had some major thread shifting right in the middle, I have no idea why – which is unhelpful as I don’t know how to avoid it again – so have had to cut a whole chunk off as it just wouldn’t be safe for wrapping.
That said, I love it and am just a little proud I’ve made something like this.

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The other entries were stunning. At least a couple are truly pieces of art in their own rights and designed with breathtaking creativity. Some of the ones that did well were very simple weaves but very lovely in their use of colour and the way they translated the inspirations.
Although I didn’t do as well as I could have, and over the weekend I felt low as I allowed it to briefly epitomise all of my weaving, I had some wonderful comments once the voting was over and I was able to get it back into perspective. It is only a baby wrap. That is all.
By the way, it’s currently up for auction here http://hyenacart.com/weavingheart/mt/6467/74016/Handwoven-baby-wrap

8 thoughts on “Humpf

  1. rmwk100

    A huge well done for your beautiful, personal entry to the competition, for all your hard work, and for coming to terms with your final position in relation to the other pieces. You have made a fabulous start as a weaver, and you will become more skilled and experienced with every year that passes. Love from Ruth xxxxxx

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  2. Fiona

    This phrase comes to mind a little here “Ochh AWAY wid youz”. I totally understand the competitivness though, yeah yeah you can be a good sport and say ‘its the taking part that counts’ but that doesn’t mean you dont want to win! Its human nature! To be honest I’m a bit miffed this post isn’t about the greatest wrap you ever created – mine! And seriously stop posting about the competition wrap…youre making me want it too bad…even though my customs better … right… 😉

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    1. weavingheart Post author

      Oh I know, I annoy myself sometimes!!
      Now, you see your wrap is the greatest PLAIN WEAVE wrap I ever created! Just think how lovely the greatest plain weave would look alongside the greatest doubleweave …;-)
      Seriously, I’m counting the days until the auction is over, then I think I can put the whole thing to be hopefully. Your support throughout has been wonderful.

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  3. mosaicthinking

    Beautiful wrap. You mentioned thread shifting in the middle. Could it be down to looser warp thread tension in that area? If yes, my newby trick was to use tiny clamps to attach a small piece of wooden moulding to the warp beam thereby increasing the tension in the problem area. It’s probably highly unorthodox but it worked for me. You are clearly much more experienced than I am so please forgive me for having the impertinence to offer a suggestion.

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    1. weavingheart Post author

      All suggestions very welcome! That sounds like a really good method of adjusting the tension. I think you could be right, it’s the only thing that makes sense. On the loom I didn’t notice anything in particular but an area of loose tension could then reveal itself on washing. You are a genius!
      It’s really useful as I wouldn’t want the same thing to happen again and that gives me something to be mindful of it I ever attempt another doubleweave!

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