As much as I am enthralled with what I am doing at the loom, my concentration ability wanes. It is in those waning moments that errors happen. Also, as you know, I have looms in my home, which means I can weave well into the evening in my pajamas, if I want to. But, I better not exceed my limits, or else…
Weaving on the drawloom demands my undivided attention, as does pictorial tapestry and any intricate pattern weave. All of these are especially tedious to undo. Therefore, mistakes are outlawed! To that end, I have two secret weapons that prevent
all most mistakes—
Twenty-Five Minutes On – Five Minutes Off
25 Minutes. Go full strength. Be completely absorbed in the task.
5 Minutes. Take a break. Stand up, walk around, stretch.
(I use an app on my phone, Focus Time Activity Tracker, but any timer will do.)
The Cinderella Hour
Know When to Stop
If I am weaving at the end of the day (in my pajamas, or not), I stop when the clock chimes 8 times. I call it my Cinderella hour. My loom turns into a pumpkin after 8:00 pm. If I keep weaving, I can expect to be fixing errors the next day.
May you know when to take a break.
Happy Restful Weaving,
4 thoughts on “Tried and True: Prevent Weaving Mistakes with Two Secret Weapons”
Great tips! I also take breaks at 30 min. intervals. Another trick I use is to wind one bobbin at a time. Then I’m forced to get up and move when another needs to be wound.
Merry Christmas, Karen!
Hi Beth, Yes, that’s a great tip, too! It’s surprising how a little change of pace can give your brain a break.
Great ideas Karen and Beth.
I’ve been using sudoku puzzles as a gage to decide if it is a good time to work on detailed projects. Last week I neglected to check and had to unravel 2 attempts at the start of a children’s sweater. Moebus is an interesting mathematical shape. Not in ribbing.
The next time I’m at the loom I will set a timer.
This month is speeding by. I’m going to get a jump on next week and wish all a merry Christmas. Maybe extra 5 minute breaks in the busy-ness to soak up the joy of the season.
Hi Nannette, Five-minute breaks in the busy-ness of the season sounds like a very good idea! It’s a shame if we run right past the joyful part.