Monday, June 27, 2016

Spectacular FAIL!

In the words of Vincent van Gogh --- "I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance."

Spectacular FAIL!

Sometimes despite the best of efforts a project ends in disappointment. Such is the case with my most recent warp. Whatever possessed me to think that this:

For a scarf sett at 10epi.

-- would work okay for warp? I think I was taken in by the pretty, slow colour transition and ignored the fact that a warp must be strong and resist abrasion. I thought with a 70% acrylic, 30% wool composition it couldn't help but be strong. Wrong! It's a SINGLE, which, if I had thought about it, I would have known, weakens the yarn considerably. Upon closer inspection I realize it's also fuzzy so passing through the heddles, and then being worn down by the reed with each beat, it became weaker and weaker until finally the outermost warp threads started to break.

Yup, this one is becoming a beautiful wadding for the garbage can.


Gene Black said...

Save it and "unravel" pieces for use as inlay or short supplemental warp threads. You can unravel while watching tv, a movie or just chatting with friends/family.

MarthaVA said...

I agree with Gene. I'm sorry it was a fail, but it was also a learning experience.
I can see why you wanted to use it. It's beautiful.

Marlene said...

Unfortunately Gene, this yarn has a lot in common with mohair. It's fuzzy and it sticks together fiercely. I'll use the unwoven warp (MOST of the 8' warp) as you suggest, as supplemental warp or travelling inlay. I might even decide to use the short woven section as part of a sewn bag or something. Maybe. I'm still not speaking with it.

Thanks Martha. I decided to blog about the fail so that people can see that not all project ideas have a happy ending. Added to the time, effort, and supplies used in a successful project one also needs to take into consideration the cost in supplies and labor of the failures too as they are all part of the cost of a hobby or business.