It’s amazing how a small change can bring about a totally different result. This is true in life as it is true in weaving. The two finished pieces of weaving couldn’t be more different but I only made one tiny change.
The photo on the left shows the fabric as it came off the loom. I warped my loom with several different blue yarns., They are all about the same shade of blue and slightly different in texture. I put on 100 inches of warp, enough to make two mobius cowls. Originally, I planned to weave two identical pieces.
During the weaving process, I decided I was not going to have enough of the variegated yarn I was using. I was being very careful to use the yarn in a way to make the colors flow from one section to the next, rather than have an abrupt change in color. This necessitated winding and rewinding bobbins, but it was not too much of a problem…..I was just running out of this particular yarn. How did this happen? Well, I often purchase odds and ends of yarn for my weaving, not knowing exactly what I will make with it. Sometimes, you don’t calculate, you just weave. Lots of fun things happen when you are able to let go of a bit of control!
Since I wasn’t going to have enough for two similar cowls, I changed yarn about midway through the warp. I switched to a blue, black and silver tape type yarn. This is a lovely yarn and the little bits of different color and texture make a versatile, easy to wear piece of weaving.
As you can see…..one small change…..totally different outcomes! Of course, now I am wondering how this might apply to my life. What tiny change could I easily make to produce a different outcome. I’m going to try out a few things. Today, I’m going to practice smiling at people. If I catch someone’s eye, they are going to get a smile from me. I’m going to the store right now and practice!