The ribbon is proceeding slowly onward. I encountered some serious problems (mostly tension, although a couple of missed turns also contributed) and had to start the ribbon over. It hurt, but it was truly for the best. At this point, I’ve gotten through most of page 7 out of 15 pages of chart (plus a moth on each end) – I had stopped the first one after four pages. It’s definitely taking on the feel that I’m aiming for – the lettering looks much more regular this time around, and the brocade looks a little more fully covered because of the changes in tension.
I like the effect of the beads. They’re strung onto the silk weft and carried on the shuttle, and pushed forward as needed. I’m using gold-plated seed beads, and it frustrates me that the gold wears off. They still look good, but just not the same.
It’s fairly legible, once you get past the weird letters… the tall S, and the half-r, and the et – ancestor of the &. The book was actually typeset in something similar to Garamond, and the & looks like a & – but it doesn’t translate to tablet-weaving all that well.
Oh, and the spelling… that’s “drougues”. Drugs, of course. Odoriferous ones, like storax and beniemin (Gum Benjamin = Benzoin). Some clever type-setter managed to spell “shall” two different ways in the same sentence – I decided to keep the spelling true to the original.
Here, you can see some of the tension flaws in the first part. I’m trying to just forget it’s there, for now… it keeps mocking me. If I had kept plugging along, I would be around page 11 of the graphs… instead of 7.
This is the corrected version.
This is the first version. The difference isn’t all that much – but can you see how this one doesn’t show as much of the brocade silk? The proportion is a little crushed sideways, too. You can see it when you compare to the graph: