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Some thoughts on efficiency | Tien Chiu's Blog
To keep myself occupied while weaving on the Endless Warp, I timed myself and did some calculations. I'm weaving up at a rate of 1 foot/hour, which comes out to about 5 minutes/inch. I know from past experience that I weave at a rate of 2-2.5 minutes/inch. It takes me about 20 seconds to reset the temples and advance the warp. The only other things I do while weaving is mend broken threads, so a simple calculation suggests that I'm spending as much time mending broken threads as I am weaving. Furthermore, it takes me about 80-90 seconds to mend a broken thread (I've gotten pretty efficient at it). But wait! A broken thread actually needs to be mended FOUR times - the first when the thread breaks, the second when you swap broken end for the repair end, and the third and fourth time when you darn in the ends from the respective swaps. Put in that perspective, it probably takes 5-6 minutes to mend a single broken thread. Which means that every time I break a thread, I'm