With supervision from the Simple Dog, Jon and I decided on a mix of colors, framed by black and white.
Now the backbreaking part of the job. Each section (24 threads in this case) must be taken one thread at a time, over the back beam and put through metal heddles. I have a four harness loom, and each thread must go in a heddle in the correct order of harnesses. I'm doing plain weave or tabby weave, so the pattern is 4 3 2 1 on the right side of the loom and 1 2 3 4 on the left side. Again, don't get distracted, or you'll end up having to redo this part. This step can take hours, especially since sitting bent over the back beam with your arms extended to the middle of the loom is uncomfortable to say the least. I tend to work in spurts, interspersed with things like... writing on my blog.