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Nov. 26th, 2010 @ 12:34 pm
basic question here: I threaded a loom to weave a rug and my warp is showing - what did I do wrong? I only want a weft face. I used 3 ply natural 100% worsted wool warp (doubled) and 3 ply rug wool yarn (doubled ) set at 4 epi and I have beaten hard - yet it's still about 50-50 look of warp and weft.

Rigid Heddle Loom Oct. 2nd, 2006 @ 11:12 pm
A cousin of mine found this loom at a yard sale. It's a rigid heddle loom, I think it came from Canadian Living Magazine, and it's called a Ram Loom or Ram's Loom. Does anyone out there have one? Or have the instrucitons on how to put it together? I'll puzzle it out eventually, but man, it would be easier with instructions... I'm not even sure I have all the pieces! I googled it, but only found one entry of a woman who also bought one at a garage sale and thinks she is missing some pieces.
Current Mood: curiouscurious

My first Guild meeting! Sep. 13th, 2006 @ 10:26 pm
This is the first and possibly only time I'll be able to get to my local spinners and weavers guild meeting. They usually fall on one of the nights when I teach bellydance, but my dance classes don't start until next week. Yay!

Here's the website: http://www.parl.ns.ca/ash/

Anybody local to Halifax, Nova Scotia thinking of going?

alpaca-angora scarves Feb. 11th, 2006 @ 09:56 pm
I finally cropped and uploaded the photos from previous projects. I made these two scarves on alpaca warp on my Kromski loom. I knit plain grey and plain cream hats to match.
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Alpaca warp Jan. 30th, 2006 @ 06:26 pm
I used alpaca as the warp thread on my Kromski and had a wonderful time. Of course, I still have most of a cone of alpaca warp left from that first use... Does anyone ever use warp thread for weft, and what do you make from it?
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» Norwood status report
Well, I'll keep trying to stir up a little more activity here.

Thinking about a simple project to get the Norwood adjusted and working again after it sat unused for several years and then was dismantled and reassembled in order to get it into our house, I remembered some nice spun silk yarn that was given to me a couple of years ago. Keeping in mind the autumn guild show, and the demand for affordable stuff to sell there, I settled on silk scarves.

Simple rosepath threading on just four shafts for now, 16 epi, 150 ends plus floating selvedges. Eight yard warp. Should be easy, no?

Conceptually, yes, it was simple. However, warping a new loom always requires some adjustments to your familiar methods, and this was no different. No serious problems, just different. Next time I'll remember to put the counting cord in a more convenient spot. Fortunately, it's a striped warp so the color changes were just as good as the counting X's. Threading was straightforward, and I find I do like the texsolv heddles. But the working level for this loom is somewhat lower to the floor than my Schacht. Lots of bending and stooping was involved, and today I'm thinking about ibuprofen for lunch. ;p

The header is woven, all looks good, so I just have to wind bobbins and start weaving. Ack, hemstitching.

(Photos to follow as things develop.)
» 'Tivo gets a new toy
For at least two years I have had my eye on a used loom that was on display at my neighbor's shop. The owner had moved to Texas and didn't have space for it, so left it here hoping to find a buyer. But the price was too high. Finally she dropped the price to where it was almost within reach. I checked around and asked the more experienced weavers I know, and they all agreed it was still too high. "Make her an offer," they said. So yesterday I finally called Texas and offered. The seller wasn't excited about the offer, but said she'd get back to me. I guess she made her own calls, I heard afterward from two people she had talked to. Then she called me back and accepted. I dropped off the check today, and made measurements. Now I have to figure out how to get it in the door of my house, but at least I do have a place to put it. This is an 8 shaft floor loom, 50 inch weaving width, made by Norwood back when they were in Michigan, and in excellent shape. It exceeds the width of my existing loom and is much sturdier. I already have several projects in mind for it.

(Click photo for larger view.) They don't make them like this any more. Norwood was sold out to a Finnish company that makes very good looms but only in native birch and without the solid feel of the old Norwood. I plan to make rugs and saddle blankets as well as outer garments for myself on this one. (Picture scanned from a 1993 advertisement, shows a 45 inch wide loom I think, slightly narrower than my new prize.)

I'm also pleased to report that Fiberworks PCW, a very nice handweaving design software package, runs just fine under the Linux operating system by use of the Windows emulation package. I switched over to Linux a year ago, and the new loom forced me to find a way to get design software going again.

BTW, I have all the parts for the Norwood, including three reeds, but am missing the pegs for the convertible beam to make it work as a sectional beam. I can probably make these myself, but does anyone know of a parts source for the old cherry Norwood looms?
» Woodstock Weavers' Guild Annual Show

WWG 2005 Show WWG 2005 Show

Window dressing for the Woodstock Weavers' Guild annual joint show with Hollow Tree Spinners. September 29-October 30, Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, Illinois. Thursdays-Saturdays 11-5, Sundays 1-5. Opening reception, October 2.

If you are in the area, come see some inspiring and exciting work.
» drat that cat
To quote achaosofkittens, "I just can't have nice things and pets."

Sometime between Tuesday and this morning, one of the cats peed all over my two triangle loom books. (Yes, they were on the floor in the living room. Whatever was I thinking?)

The silver lining of this tragedy is that the triangle loom books (plastic binding of photocopies) threw themselves on the grenade and kept my Alden Amos Big Book of Spinning (hardcopy, 600 pages) that was also on the floor from biting the big one.

cross-posted to my own journal
» New to rigid heddle looms
Hi there!

I do card weaving, but I have never tried weaving with a loom before - until I picked up a lovely 24" rigid heddle tabletop loom at a garage sale for $5 this afternoon (the lady didn't seem to really understand why I was so excited to buy her neighbor's old loom :D )

So while I've got a good grasp on *how* to weave on my new loom, and I have good instructions on how to warp it, etc., I really have no idea what I can do with it! Card weaving, I understand the limitations of design and the way the threading, weaving, etc results in a particular end product, but I don't have the slightest idea what my new baby is capable of.

It had the remains of an abandoned project still on it when I bought it, so I got to play around a bit, but it was just cream perle cotton warp and cream yarn weft, so it didn't give me any insight into what it can do in terms of patterns, designs, etc.

I'm going to re-warp it tonite just to try it, but I'm terribly curious about what kind of projects I can put on it, so if anyone can recommend a book, a website, personal experience, etc, that would be wonderful!
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