I don’t think I ever posted this picture of the finished tapestry/weft-faced mat I wove on the Harrisville Peg Loom. I was going to make it into a bag, but once it hit the coffee table, there it stayed.
Here’s yet another second-hand find, a $10 Harrisville Lap Loom, also known as a peg loom or “friendly” loom. It measures 12″x16″. Also in the box were three extra shuttles and a Wonder Wand, a device which allows you to depress every other warp thread to insert a shed stick. That only works, by the way, if you don’t have a lot of draw in. There was a finished project left on the loom, which for some reason made me feel a little sad. All that work!
This loom is probably meant more for kids than adults because it has a 4 epi sett, but I find it very comfortable to weave on. I recently bought a 4-ply Churro wool warp that I’m using for my first project, and because it has a lot of give, it’s making up for the lack of a tensioning device. This loom is big enough that it could prove to be difficult if everything tightens up as you weave.
The first part of the green loop was fun. Drawing a spiral with a marker on the warp threads is one thing… actually weaving it is another. I was surprised that it moved along really quickly. There are areas here and there with warp threads peaking out. I’m having some trouble beating the weft enough to cover them because the warp threads are a bit loose.
Orange is probably my favorite color. I don’t wear it, but I like it, especially when it’s bright and cheerful and nearly hurts your eyes. Here I’m playing around with embroidery floss on the vintage Lightning Weaver. (I drew a pattern on the warp threads with a Sharpie.)
This experiment started because I want to practice weaving with little patches of colors and shapes to see how the background (orange!) will build up and recede.
Did another loom join my ever-growing loom family? Well, yes.
The Glimakra Freja is a tapestry frame loom, best used while being held or propped on a table. I first ordered the larger size that has an 18″ weaving width, but it’s just big enough that I found I wanted a smaller loom. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I sent it back. And they turned around and sent me this one, the Freja with a 12″ weaving width.
Because I’m a tapestry novice and this is the only tapestry loom I own, I can’t say whether or not this would be a good choice for someone else. I can tell you that I like it. I find it to be a nice size to hold onto and weave with while sitting on the couch. I’ve also propped it on the table, and that works fine, too. (It’s probably better on my back that way.) The hooks that run on the top and bottom edges are spaced at approximately 7 per inch. This means if you warp every peg, you have a 13-14 epi sett. Every other peg is about 6-7 epi. I’m assuming this is probably a metric-sized loom, and so the spacing makes more sense when measuring with centimeters rather than inches, but it all ends up the same in the end.
There’s a tensioning bar on the top, which keeps your warp nice and tight. One feature this little loom has that’s saved me some cursing is a fitted piece of wood that covers the bottom pegs. No yarn snagging. How nice!
With this size of a loom, I’ve been using a heddle bar to keep one shed open but skipping using string heddles. I did successfully add string heddles, but I found them difficult to maneuver. If I figure out a better method to get the second shed, I’ll post about it on another day. I’ve been using a needle to weave. Along with the loom, I bought a spool of cotton seine twine to use as a warp. I think I prefer wool, but I need to spend more time weaving to figure that out.
I‘ve been enjoying using embroidery floss, doubled, and some startlingly bright colors. I wanted to weave something wintery, but I couldn’t quite do it. It’s March, it’s cold, it’s snowing. I know, I know! I don’t really need to weave it, too. Colorful blocks. That’s the way to go.