Believe it or not, every so often I wave goodbye to a loom. Recently, I sold my 25″ Erica rigid heddle loom to a new weaver who wanted to give it a try. The 12″ two harness Peacock, a teeny, vintage loom in need of new heddles and love, was also sent to a new home.
But even though I feel some relief and, yes, a bit smug, after sending these two out into the world (I’ve downsized! I’ve gained some space!), that hasn’t stopped me from welcoming a few more: one new, one old. (Hmmm… there goes that smugness.) I’ll blog about them at another time.
In the meantime, thanks for the memories, Erica. Glad to have known you, Peacock.
I've been busy–work, sick, etc., etc. So, maybe I still have the same projects on the same looms that were there a month ago… or maybe a month and a half? The geometic scarf is nearly finished, though, and so far I love it. I always forget how much slower it is to weave with a finer yarn. I also started a really cool project using my triloom, a hobo bag. Noreen Crone-Findlay has put up a great tutorial on putting together two 3' triangles to create a clever bag. I think an inkle strap would look nice:
It was just the right type of day–freezing rain, slush, yuck– for staying inside. So, what if I wasn’t pleased with my first attempt? No big deal. I cut off the weft and started another pattern. This one is better, I think, and the selvedges are tidy, too.
I'm playing around with 7 shaft patterns on the little Louet W30 table loom. I like the front; I'm not as crazy about the back. I think I'll unweave (okay, I'll admit that unweaving may involve scissors) and try another geometric pattern. There are several interesing point twill patterns with this threading.
I haven't had the best of luck when it comes to warping using the warping board. I know I can do it–and I did with the table runner project–but I still look for shortcuts. This time, I decided to combine direct warping with the board, and it worked… kind of. I got all the 142 cotton warp threads onto the Ashford table loom just fine. Each time, I looped over the warping bar, and I kept every five strands separated with the raddle. I didn't use the lease sticks. Maybe I should have, but I couldn't quite wrap my brain around how to do that, too.
So, it all wound on very nicely, I threaded all the heddles with a simple 1-2-3-4 repeat, sleyed the reeed, and then I got ready to weave. It's here I stopped because I didn't care for the way my selvedges looked when I used two separate colors. I gain some knowledge in one area (like warping) and then I realize I still need to learn something else (selvedges when using multiple colors… grrrrr…). I like learning, and I also like weaving, which is why this is lifelong journey.
But it may become a pillow. The cotton (I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby) is very soft and squishy. It would make a nice pillow, I think. This was a fun, fast project. I had a nice moment when I successfully took the warp off the warping board and transferred it to the raddle. Didn't miss a thread! After that, I didn't mind the small challenges, like forgetting to have a floating slevedge. Oh well!
I had a tiny bit of Noro sock yarn left, and I also had this little cotton warp ready to go, so I spent about an hour or two putting on the warp in a rosepath-type of pattern, and then weaving a short piece of fabric. It's very pretty. I think something like this could turn into a nice purse if I had the sewing skills.
A very kind relative gifted me her unused 4 Harness Ashford Folding Table Loom (16"). It was very special how it was delivered, a bright spot during a dark time. I think it's a beautiful loom, and I have an idea brewing in the back of my mind to add the treadle stand to it, making it a little floor loom. She also gave me a warping board, which I put to use this weekend. I've always thought Ashford table looms were very cleverly designed, and I love how tidy and portable it is folded down flat. I've also watched and recommended to many people the three Ashford "warping your table loom" tutorials, which were done using this model. Now I have one. 🙂
It looks like a sweater! (Awful picture, I know… It's another iPod, low-light, no editing picture.)
I plan on sewing some backing onto it to make it more dust proof. Although it ended up a tad too wide and a smidge too short, it'll do. To weave the final few inches, I had to pull some of the weft yarn out of an old sampler project I made a few years ago. Whew! I thought I was going to have to buy another huge skein of the Red Heart acrylic, when my goal was to use up what I already had.
I am playing around with four shafts on the Louet W30 loom. Believe it or not, the yarn is the old Red Heart acrylic I kept meaning to put in a giveaway box. I finally decided to use it up. I “think” this is a twill, but it reverses the patten. It’s on page 71 of The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon.
It's better this time around. I rethreaded the edges to continue with the pattern. I also got rid of the floating selvedge. The bottom half is woven with the black thread always over the gray. The second set is with the black thread under, but only on the right side. I think it looks the best with it over. Lucky thing, I only have to "unweave" one pattern set. Always learning something new…
If you check the January/February 2012 issue of Handwoven, there’s an article devoted to weaving pinwheels on an eight shaft loom. If you also check Ravelry, you’ll find there’s a weave-along featuring pinwheels. So my loom was empty, and I wanted to try eights shafts. Guess what I decided to weave?
With the yarn I chose (crochet cotton at 40 wpi), doubled in a 10 dent reed, the designs that worked the best were the ones marked B and C in the article. After trying five different ones, I finally decided to try either B or C in a slightly longer sample (the second from the bottom and the third from the bottom in these pictures). I have no real goal other than trying something with eight shafts. Because this is only a 3″ wide warp, it could become something crazy like a bookmark.