Along with my leap from corporate America to self-employment in the New Year, I also decided to upgrade my equipment to a 16 harness AVL Dobby loom that my friend was no longer using. While I anticipated a huge learning curve (after moving and assembling of course!), I’m also good at working out mechanical glitches in no time. It’s a rare gift to love challenges and finding solutions, so I attribute this quality to my Father aka Mr. Fix It.
After gathering information from my friend and the 100+ page manual, I setup the loom in less than 2 days. The hard part came not in my first project but in my first production of these scarves. I had tension issues on top of tension issues. While I wove the previous all cotton warp with ease and tight tension, this blend was not having it. Instead, it decided to shred the weft with the sandpaper beam as I continued to weave. I did assign my loom a pronoun as I firmly believe it was teaching me a lesson intentionally. Off went the emails for troubleshooting advice to AVL, and I’m pretty sure I showed them something new. Of course! With their advice and much trial, error, experimenting and swearing, I was able to get it under control. For now. Every project is different, and I approach the loom the same for now…strong and confident while crossing my fingers behind my back.
I’ve wanted to mix indigo with an earthy reddish brown for a while, it’s a look I had in mind for men. Turns out, looks just as good on me (and I’m no man).