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Operation Free the Loom!! a.k.a. finish the damn weaving project already.

22 Mar

Once again I have been favoring instagram over my blog. It is just so much easier to not have to write about my projects, when I have so much going on. This month I have been super busy, despite taking a break from my college classes which was supposed to give me more time to finish up some WIP’s. Instead the month has just flown by.

With that, my beautiful rigid heddle loom has been sitting idly by in the living room. Warped with only 1/4 of the weaving left to do, and gathering dust. I started some cotton washcloths way back in the fall, kind of an experiment to see if I liked them woven more than knitted. Here I am weaving furiously to get them finished:

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I used a thinner cotton for the warp, and standard dishcloth cotton for the weft. Really, since I used the thicker weft, it barely took 20 minutes to weave each 9 inch washcloth so I really do not know why this took so long. The plan was to do 9 inches of the thicker cotton, then four inches of the thinner cotton, and repeat until I run out of warp. That way the fabric would be thinner where I needed to hem between each cloth. But since I took my time with this I pretty much made up new measurements each time I sat down to weave, resulting in slightly wonky hem widths.

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All they need now is a quick wash to tighten up the weave, and they are ready to go. I still haven’t decided if I like them better than knit, what do you think? I like that they are a little less bulky when woven versus knitted.

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Entering the world of weaving….like I need another hobby.

14 Jul

So wow, two blog posts already for July…yay me! I have always just considered this to be a way to document my various craft projects for myself, and for friends who care to follow me in Becky-home-ec-y land. But I have gotten a lot of hits and likes and comments from people I have never met who happen to also love crafting, so thank you!

Anyhow, today I would like to share with you my foray into weaving! My husband bought me a 32″ Kromski Harp loom for Christmas and also made me a stand (so I could sit comfortably at the couch while weaving) and several different size shuttles (what holds the yarn so you can pass it back and forth to weave). He’s pretty awesome. He has also helped me warp the loom up (getting all the yarn ready for weaving) which is a tedious and back breaking process. I literally cried when I thought I had all my yarn laid out on the warping pegs then went to load the loom and ended up with a knotted pile of 300yds fingering weight yarn. We warp directly onto the loom now. (All about warping) I have made 3 projects, and feel like I finally got everything right with this last one, even attempting a little lacework near the ends for decoration.

I love this loom, and very much so enjoy the weaving process. Aside from the lacework, you don’t have to think as much as you do while knitting, and goes by much faster for me. At 5 1/2 ft long, and 12″ wide, this scarf (shawl?) in fingering weight only took about a week, whereas the same size scarf with the same yarn could easily have taken a year to knit. I purchased a book called “Hands-on Rigid Heddle Weaving” and it, along with the videos I posted above, has been invaluable in learning how to weave.

For this project I chose a beautiful handspun cotton/rayon/flax blend with just a hint of sparkle for the warp (lengthwise yarn). For the weft (horizontal, woven yarn) I chose Araucania Itata Solid in pink (also used for vertical warp stripes). The lacework on either end is called Leno Lace, and this is achieved by twisting the warp in certain places using a stick. It was easy once I figured it out. Once I tied off all the fringe and washed it (by hand, of course!) it sat until today when I finally trimmed the fringe to be even and now I can say it is done! So without further ado, pictures!

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So now it is time to pick out some new yarn, and begin planning my next weaving project! I have to enlist a new helper to warp the loom since my husband is currently not available- any volunteers?

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