Below are those two weft errors I mentioned.
Some said to leave it. The mistakes aren't ugly; they make the handwoven item unique. Hmm. No thanks.
Some said to do a patch -- work a short piece of yarn into the location correctly, snip its ends, and then snip out the bad part, wash it, and allow the weave to hold in all those raw ends. I did not find that satisfying either.
Some used terminology I didn't understand.
Personally, I wondered why I couldn't just pull that warp thread all the way down and reweave it by hand correctly. I couldn't find anybody who advised that. Why not? Was it dangerous? Prone to disaster? I couldn't know until I tried, and I felt it was the only solution that I would find satisfying.
First I threaded some light twine onto a blunt darning needle. I threaded this twine down the same path as the naughty warp yarn, careful not to pass the twine through the yarn. If the two became joined, that would be disastrous.
|See how the twine lies next to the naughty gray yarn?|
|Table topper in houndstooth with Simply Soft yarn, deep red and gray|
This afternoon I decided to warp up another piece, a scarf in a variegated brown worsted weight yarn. I also had some pretty orange yarn and thought the brown and orange might be lovely together, kind of autumnal and masculine.
So I took it all out. I kept the brown warp only. I started again with a weft of browns and light and dark olive greens. Much better.
All that to say, I spent most of my weaving time today UNweaving, or as I like to think of it, honing my Penelope skills. The queen of Ithaca spent many night hours unweaving. It's a good skill to have. One cannot expect every project to be beautifully conceived or perfectly executed. Surely one of the best tools in the artist's toolbox is the ability to undo his mistakes.