I actually did organize my office… and then it got messy again… and then it was so hot I didn't want to weave… But now it's a lovely 75 degrees and I was inspired to tidy it up. I bought an shelf organizer thing from Target and have found it a good place to store yarn and supplies. It's a little bit cluttered but I don't mind in the least. I like having my chicken pincushion, all my Weave-Its, and yarn handy. Speaking of yarn, that's all of it, with two of the square bins also about half-full. I've never purchased yarn for yarn's sake–I tend to buy it for projects and use it up. The bins are full of small amounts left over. Any full skein was purchased for a project that never materialized. Now that I have a loom, though, I think a little differently, and I can see myself purchasing ahead of time.
I've been working on a project using my 28" Authentic Knitting Board, so I've put my backstrap experiments on hold. However, that doesn't stop me from thinking about it. Here's a list of some sites and books I've drawn from over the past few weeks. I'll be adding to this as time goes on:
- Laverne Waddington's blog: http://backstrapweaving.wordpress.com and Flckr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39560980@N05/
- Bob's Crafts. A simple backstrap with a rigid heddle: http://bobscrafts.com/bobstuff/backstrp.htm
- Franco's Fiber Adventures. Backstrap looming and more: http://francosfiberadventure.blogspot.com/
- Weavolution's Backstrap Group. A huge amount of information and enthusiasm: http://www.weavolution.com/node/3150
- "Backstrap Basics." Laverne Waddington's Weavezine how-to article: http://www.weavezine.com/content/backstrap-basics
- "Backstrap Basics." Videos accompanying the Weavezine article: 1) Narrow Warp; 2) Wide Warp + Heddles; 3) Wide Warp + Opening Sheds; 4) Wide Warp + Finishing.
- Know It All's Making a Natural Weaving: http://www.knowitall.org/naturalstate/html/Weaving/Weaving-Picture.cfm
- Flckr Photos: http://www.flickr.com/search/?s=int&w=all&q=backstrap+weaving&m=text
- Backstrap Weaving / by Barbara Taber and Marilyn Anderson, New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, 1975.
- Rigid Heddle Weaving / by Karen Swanson, New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, 1975. Note, this book is about using a rigid heddle with a backstrap or tapestry loom.
- The Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Book / by Rachel Brown, New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House, 1978.