Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Naughty Pete

As far as I can tell, the new 15-shaft draft is weaving fine, but I'm overwhelmed by foreboding I wouldn't be surprised if I unconsciously ruin it. So I'm going slowly, but I was exhausted after a few picks and I wove only a quarter of a scarf yesterday afternoon. I'm not even 100% sure if it's Shaft 11 that's having a problem.

Last night Ben brought home the three framed pieces from the framers, and, oh, what a disappointment. We go to Pete, the best guy in town, and he's done one for me with the same fabric recently, as well as half a dozen paintings and posters, but these three had no spacers, the fabric wasn't stretched straight, and in the middle of the silver one was a piece of thread that must have come off when he cut the fabric. The smallest one, I like the best, but the corners of the frame are not square and touch-up puttying messy. I couldn't possibly sell this one. Not good enough.

I'm taking them back today, then going to the gym, then weaving in the afternoon. I've been in a seriously defeatist mode. For one thing, it's been raining and storming all over the North Island and this weather is supposed to come this way, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's a few hours of rain and a bit of wind in Nelson. I might treat myself to a cab ride from town, though, instead of the bus.

I decided to take up the museum's offer and wait until Monday to install. That should give Pete some time to repair the faults. (And no matter what I do, that pic stays looking bad.)

4 comments:

  1. don't care what you say, that fabric is GORGEOUS.

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  2. Meg, that is so disappointing, I really feel for you. Yes, the fabric is gorgeous, of course it is, but if you don't feel good about it - well, I just hope Pete can fix them for you. Hope your weather is a bit better than North Island has been. Had lunch today on the beach (Coogee, Sydney) with a Portage person and it was actually hot in the sun. Roll on springtime, I say.

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  3. You seem to be in a bad time these days! Pete ought to fix and/or reframe with many apologies to you. Perhaps a helper did the framing, not Pete? Even so, Pete should have signed off on the job.

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  4. Thank you, Taueret, it's the first piece I wove for Craft 08, and has horrible selvedges, so I started curring it up and framing them.

    Carol, for Nelson it was a dramatic day, but nowhere nearly as bad as elsewhere. However we made the national news.

    Peg, I'm starting to feel this July has been a Murphy's Month.

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