April 20th, 2012

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For Ali - weaving links

I did some quick searching - since I know how to weave, I could pick and choose the "best" links to hopefully explain better how to use a loom. Let me know if I need to do a post just on weaving - I don't mind! :lol:

Loom basics: The Woolery

A video: Done for her 5.5 year old grandson but the loom is already warped.

A warping video: by Ashford of New Zealand. It's on a table (smaller) loom, but the steps are the same on *every* loom. You might have to do something slightly different (for example, on a Rigid Heddle loom, the reed and heddles are 1 and the same (basically)), but the basic idea is the same. (A table loom is good when you don't have the space for a floor loom. You can get a "small" floor loom, but even a 22" one takes up a lot of space (about...3' wide by 4' long, if I remember correctly. I started out with a 22", then moved up to a 45", and now have my lovely 60" (or so). Oh, and to further confuse you - I have a countermarch loom; jack looms are most common around here. I switched because I wanted something quieter - jack looms have metal heddles (usually), and they clank and clack when you're weaving. Countermarch looms have string heddles, and are pretty quiet. Important in a house with small kids! Nap time was my weaving time for years, but Himself would come running any time he heard the loom - he was my born weaver!)

And part 2:threading - this is the most...tedious part of the whole weaving process. :lol:

There's a WHOLE bunch of videos on YouTube - these were the ones by people I "know". I'll be honest, I didn't watch any of them all the way thru - I know Ashford; my first spinning wheel came from them. Spin2Weave and I have been on a Fiber list for *years* together....she's very prolific.

Feel free to ask me anything you don't understand - weaving has a totally new vocabulary! If you lived closer, I'd be happy to send my 4-harness table loom home with you (or an inkle loom..or even the rigid heddle. I LOVE to share the weavy-love! :lol:) - not just for education, but to clear some space here. :lol: I have...well, I have a nicely stocked fiber studio. I should, after 16 years of dabbling in it.

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Friday Follies...

This is what I did last night:

Approximately 6 hours to warp the loom (and add..oh, 2 hours for actually measuring the warp out; even if it WAS 2 years ago. :lol:) - this took 10 minutes. Maybe. Would have gone faster if I was using only 1 weft, but this calls for 3. I'm "cheating" by using a double shuttle, but it still is slow going.

Today will be more of the same - once I get the house tidied up for Shabbat. (The kids are doing Math....it's gonna take them a bit.) I've got the dining room neater; it won't be clean until I can get stuff moved out. (Husband asked me when the dining room would be empty......I just rolled my eyes and pointed at the stoop. He laughed and dropped it. Smart man! :wink:)

Anna, I think the next project will be more dish towels - mine are starting to fade a bit. :nods: I LOVE weaving towels.....they're fast and fun and useful.

Oh - I missed yesterday's thankful post. Well, that's easy - I am thankful my room construction is pretty much done. Yes, they sucked - and there are issues that need to be addressed - but the room is Finished.

And I'm thankful my husband wants to build stuff, even if it takes lots of time. He offered to build me a weaving table - I am using a TV tray next to the loom, but it's not big enough, there's no storage, and it's wobbly. He watched the bobbins roll around, and offered to build me "whatever you want and need for that - because I don't like the looks of that. You need something...nicer." I can do that! :lol: (And he's going to build the sewing table. I can compromise! I'd rather buy something...but he wants to do it, so...why not. That's up next, because the current table is VERY wobbly and I don't want the machine to go crashing to the floor.) He compromised - instead of the fancy-smancy routered table top HE wanted to do, he's going to plop an inexpensive sheet of plywood on it, for me to faux-finish. We're going to buy stock in the epoxy company...but it does make a lovely, durable finish.

We hit 3 garage sales this morning....we live in a "dead" zone. All 3 sucked....1 of them (the main one I wanted to hit) said "Fabric, quilt squares, tools, thread".....yeah. 12 quilt squares, 1 quilt top, NO fabric, and NO thread. We got there at 8:05 - they opened at 8, and we still setting up. (I looked at the boxes - nope, no thread or fabric!). Big disappointment.....the "3 family sale - LOTS of STUFF!" was...not big, and the church sale....was small. :sigh: Ah, well - there's always CraigsList and eBay.

Off to grade Math! Shabbat Shalom!

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