After a long time, almost a year. I finally had the time to get to this project. As I did, I discovered that I had set up my loom incorrectly and was not able to weave until I fixed the installation of the friction brake, and the clutch for the cloth advance. Thank you to wonderful people on the Weaver’s Tech list.
During this process I did decide on an initial draft of the first towels. It is based on two different Jacob Angstadt designs, both are 12 shaft pointed twills blocks. I wanted to get a checkerboard effect without needing to use two shuttles. This was made possible by reversing the tie-up blocks. Now to the real work, weaving!
The replacement dish towel project began when I discovered that my old towels had become stained, and a bit dingy as the result of a man being around the house. He seemed to forget they were handwoven and used them to mop stains on the floor, clean up snow mixed with granite gravel and asphalt, and of course, wiping the stove top off after cooking a spaghetti dinner. Like all men, he just wants to be forgiven, and like all women I just want my pretty dish towels back.
This has been a design project of mine for the past few weekends. The project began with me wanting a fairy garden for the office, something that was compact, yet flexible. Something that I can add to or take away from to suit my mood. I wanted the best of a Zen garden, a fairy garden and gnomes. It was a bit of a challenge to scale things correctly. But in the end I am pleased with how it turned out.
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I am very much still a weaver. It is hard to explain all that has been going on in my life, much of it did not pertain to weaving. But I can safely say it is time to return to my roots. I finally have sustaining employment and no longer feel the need to hustle from day to day. My weekends are becoming times in which I can once again pursue my love of craft! So, posting will begin again.
The image attached to this post is from a scarf I designed and my daughter wove over the holidays. The material used was a recycled chenille (dark) and a boucle for the white. Comparable yarns can be found in your local craft store. Or you can find an ugly sweater that still feels good to the touch at a second hand store, unravel it and use it as your recycled thread for this project. Be sure the sweater is still in good condition.
The pattern is a houndstooth — #57 from “A Weavers’s Book of 8 – Shaft Patterns” by Carol Strickler p19. It was woven on my 20 year old 8 shaft Schacht table loom. During the weaving I lost a cord that ties the handle to the shaft. I simply replaced it on the fly and continued weaving. My loom still weaves beautifully after all these years.
The warp for this loom was 3 yards long, because of the expected take up in the weaving process. I used my 12 dent reed, and the sett was 12 epi.
It is hard to believe that I took up weaving in 1992. Twenty years, and still not a weaving professional. I think thats ok, I still love the art. And with steady employment can still afford to tinker in my studio. Life is good!
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Details of the design of a DIY ribbon loom that fits on a table, handles up to 100 threads and has virtually unlimited weaving length. Total cost to build loom is under $20 all parts are available from dollar store and hardware store. The loom will assist the weaver in making fine thread ribbons at home.
Building a ribbon loom – DIY project, a cross bread of Inkle loom and large loom technology and materials available from the local hardware store or garage. Goals: create a loom that does not have a maximum 11 yard limit for weaving. Reduce thread waste, increase portability and control of warp tension. Keep cost of parts under $20. No glue required.