Center Pencil Marks
We all have them...pencil marks! They show up in the bottom of most newly woven baskets because we're told to put them there.
"Mark spoke centers on rough sides." ..... Right?
It wasn't until I'd been weaving for awhile, that I realized that those pencil marks we all make don't go away on their own. If we get a kit at a class, sometimes the stakes, spokes (whatever name you call them) are marked heavily all the way across. I remember staining a basket once, and then realizing that once I did that, I'd reached the point of NO RETURN on getting out the pencil marks.
I'm as guilty as anyone when it comes to instruction. We give instruction to make the marks and then leave the rest up to the new weaver to figure out on their own.
So this post is just to serve as a gentle reminder. First of all I don't make my pencil marks very dark, or all the way across my stake. I guess this is just a personal preference. You can do what works best for you, but just a small tic mark works.
Now since we've taken the time to weave a beautiful basket, we don't want one little thing to spoil it. Start out by getting rid of the pencil marks. The basket is already a little damp, so I take a terry cloth rag, and wet a corner of it. With the tip of my finger, I just rub until the pencil mark comes off. It doesn't take much effort. Voilà. No more pencil marks. Super simple and makes a huge difference.
That's it for today. I hope this Tuesday tip was helpful.
July is going by fast. Don't forget to get your free July pattern. If you made the July free pattern, I'd love to hear from you. I always welcome comments or suggestions. I've been working on the pattern sheet for August and I'll give a sneak peak next time. I've kept it simple for those that are fairly new to the weaving journey, but anyone can join in. We'll see you real soon.