3.9.10 Overshot is not on the floor.

Keep in mind that I am happy with the finished project, it just wasn’t what it started out to be. No whining here.

I was excited to wind a warp for this overshot rug here. I shoulda known better than to try to get this done right on my Harrisville Rescue loom. A rug requires a firm (read: as hard as a grown-ass man can) beat. I have not the power nor the wrist stability. I have not the weighted beater. I have it on the wrong loom to even have a chance of it being a sturdy rug.

Let’s see. I wound the warp of 8/4 cotton carpet warp in natural. I have plenty of the same thread for the tabby weft. I ordered the 3-ply rug yarn in a marine blue in a generous amount. I am thrilled to be doing this project as I have admired it in Handwoven since the issue came out in March/April 2007. I have never woven overshot but that has never stopped me before. It is not my favorite weave structure but what the heck, I love a new thing. And I ended up liking the overshot process.

What did I realize?
1. I can wind a warp with 2 threads held together with my finger separating the threads and have the threads not twist.
2. I can get the warp on the loom in record time, making nary a mistake in the process.
3. I can tie the warp onto the front beam and even out the warp tension without stressing about it.
4. I can recognize that I have gone wrong with the tabby and can unweave and start over because it looks intuitively wrong.
5. I can read numerous resources and decide (thank you Mary Black and Mary M. Atwater) that I had started off with the wrong tabby shot. It made a difference.
6. I can realize this is a learning process and keep on with it in spite of realizing that it is not what it started out to be.

Wait. Go back to #6 and read it again. Yep. I knew it from the beginning and went on to spend time and materials weaving it anyway. And as I went along the beat was never right but it was consistent. The repeats measure the same size. I got 7 repeats instead of 10 on this warp length: the beat, the warp and tabby weft being a little fluffier than what was called for, the beat, the pattern weft being non-fuzzy and therefore not filling in the spaces well.

7. I should always wind an extra yard of warp just in case when working with something large like this rug.
8. Mary M. Atwater says that overshot rugs are usually too lumpy bumpy to be of any real use.

Here it is in a few pictures. It might make a good wall hanging.

9. And I can wind a ski shuttle to hold a huge amount of rug yarn.
10. I didn’t expect to like the actual weaving of overshot but I wanted to do it anyway. Know what? I liked it.

Project from Handwoven March/April 2007, pp. 32-34. Draft is Orange Peel from Josephine E. Estes, Miniature Patterns for Hand Weaving, Part I, 1956, p. 10.

10 comments on “3.9.10 Overshot is not on the floor.

  1. Issy says:

    I’m so gald you brought the rug to knit night. I think it is outstanding!

  2. textillian says:

    Looks great! I usually clamp on a lead pipe (wrapped in towels to save the wood) onto my beater when I have done rugs. I am not sure how much of a difference it made.

  3. Theresa says:

    Well, rug or not, it’s a lovely piece of weaving! Good job. I like overshot too but have never embraced summer and winter, go figure, the same sort of thing with a pattern shuttle and a tabby shuttle. Yes, which tabby shot you start with and side
    matters. I found that out myself…
    Have you seen the book “Weaving Designs by Bertha Grey Hayes Miniature Overshot Patterns”? You would love it.
    I think that rug would look wonderful covering a blanket chest or maybe draped on a bench seat…

  4. Cally says:

    Wow, looks fantastic! I would never have known it wasn’t meant to be exactly as it is, and I think the over-a-blanket-chest suggestion is a really good idea. Though in our house that would basically be a recipe for yet another cat-furred textile, so perhaps a wall-hanging is a better idea…

  5. me says:

    gorgeous, but there is just altogether too much thinking going on in this blog.


  6. Deb K says:

    Heck, I’m impressed! It’s really very beatiful. I certainly wouldn’t have known anything was wrong. Someday I hope to weave. For right now it’s spinning and knitting for me.

  7. Margreet says:

    Lovely posting. I like your end result and the way you have written about it.

  8. BETY says:

    I think that’s a gorgeous piece, whatever you decide to do with it.

    I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award you can pick up your award at my blog

  9. rivercityweaves says:

    Nice Job! How is it we never covered which tabby in class? Glad to see you weaving. And so expertly. Love the overshot piece.

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