Boy was this a troublesome project! I got back from Guatemala and was excited to put my new backstrap loom weaving skills to the test. So I spent many hours warping this pattern, and tying it on the backstrap loom.
Well, I learned two things. First, their warping stools are designed the way they are for good reason. You can see a picture of one here (in the middle of the page). The crosses are at the same end, so you can tie on to either end without moving, or bending and contorting like I did on my rectangular warping board. And with this style of weaving, the color changes come fast and furious. The other thing I learned was NEVER to use unmercerized cotton. I wound on all of the heddles, and the shed stuck and fuzzed so bad, I was left with a knotted mess. Thinking back on my backstrap loom class, the only yarn I was offered was mercerized cotton, and now I know why!
So, with these two hard earned lessons in hand, my next backstrap loom project will go much smoother. But I can't waste anything, and I had this project already warped, so what to do with it?
I warped it onto my floor loom, and this wonderful dish towel was the product. I was very happy that it turned out so nice after investing all of that time warping it for the backstrap loom. Definitely a learning experience. I've also never warped such a close sett on my floor loom. 40epi for warp faced 8/2 unmercerized cotton. I left a part of the towel on the loom so I can tie on the next warp. That will save time. A little trick I learned from a friend (thanks Amy!).