The weaver's lesson for the week? Choose a strong thread for the warp. Learn from my mistake.
I recieved a loom on Tuesday. Less than 30.00 on ebay for a 20" rigid heddle loom, MIB. Yay me! The instructions are stilted and confusing, German translated to English. (That totally explains WHY it's MIB). I've put a call out for Rigid Heddle Weaving at my library, but it's not in yet. I want to set it up and go! I talk to Daryl, and look at Youtube videos, but I am resolute.
Later, I gave in to temptation, and put the warp threads on. I have some free laceweight alpaca and some Colinette scraps, so I use them. I thought it would be fun to stripe it (you know I can't ever ever do things plain). The alpaca catches on itself and tangles, annoying the crap out of me. I keep coming upon weird bits of alpaca, but it doesn't dawn on me.
Warped and ready to go. It's odd; I have a place in the set up where the tension sags. I investigate, and discover that the alpaca just isn't strong enough to handle the stress, and is tearing.
I am back to thread one!