Adventures in Pebble Weave Part 2

I had started on a new band, the good version, of the dragon heads pebble weave and it isn’t exactly turning out like I had expected it to. I mean.. it looks “right” in that it’s actually creating the dragon heads.. but the texture of the 2 hole is getting a little lost.
I think this is because of a couple things.

For this band I’m using a 2/20 wool which is pretty thin… so I think this means it’s too small to really show the texture of the technique. The parts where the weft shows through are too small… especially when combined with problem #2.

I’m having a really hard time with the tension on this one. I mostly use 3oz fishing weights to get the tension, because I don’t like having to reverse the always straight sections in order to undo the twist that happens because of the cards turning. I’d rather just grab the weighted end of the threads and untwist that way.

I think the 3oz weights are too heavy for this fine wool and/or texture technique. The weave is super tight and small. Don’t get me wrong, it still looks good and is super cute. It’s just not RIGHT.

So I’ve purchased a bunch of 1oz weights online… while I wait for those to show up I’ve been playing around with weaving the band but experimenting with the tentions. I’ve been clipping it off, supporting the weights a little bit.. etc.

In spots the weave is successful in getting the proper texture and is also a little wider. I’m having a lot of trouble keeping things consistent though, so I think I’m going to put it down until I can swap out for the lighter weights. Hopefully tomorrow.

Edit: Aug 9th

My  1oz weights unfortunately did not show up before I had to make the trip back to Canada, so I’ve repurposed some of the extra clay tile site tokens from Lady Mary to stand in for weights on the cards that only have 2 threads in them.

Going down in weight definitely helped with the texture quite a bit… rather than it all being super tight and looking like just regular weaving you can see the weft peaking through a little bit. My weaving when I was screwing with the weights was, well, not good LOL but it’s gotten better now that I can just focus on what I’m doing.

It’s still a little hard to keep the cards doing what they’re supposed to, and I’ve still messing up the pattern a bit in spots but I’m zen about it. Rather than trying to un-weave and fix the issues I’m just trucking on through. I’ll either just trim out the spots that are messed up, or just leave it.. They don’t look that bad!

 

Edit: Sep 17th

I’m almost done with this band! Woo!!

I also have figured out the proper tension for the weft on this one (the thread that passes side to side through the band) My earlier weaving I was pulling this way too tight, which made the band be narrow and elongated. It also killed the texture of the missing hole technique.

The missing hole results in the weft peeking through in spots, but since I was pulling it all too tight you could not see this.

I am much happier with the resulting look of the band now that I’ve relaxed how much I’m pulling it. It’s just a little tug to make sure the weft thread does not bubble out on the sides.

My plans for this band is to add it to my new serk that I’m working on right now

Edit: Sep 17th

I’m almost done with this band! Woo!!

I also have figured out the proper tension for the weft on this one (the thread that passes side to side through the band) My earlier weaving I was pulling this way too tight, which made the band be narrow and elongated. It also killed the texture of the missing hole technique.

The missing hole results in the weft peeking through in spots, but since I was pulling it all too tight you could not see this.

I am much happier with the resulting look of the band now that I’ve relaxed how much I’m pulling it. It’s just a little tug to make sure the weft thread does not bubble out on the sides.

My plans for this band is to add it to my new serk that I’m working on right now

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