Friday, February 04, 2011

First Weaving Project

It's been forever since I posted. This is how I spent my summer vacation -- last August. Following the suggestions in Deborah Chandler's Learning to Weave, a truly fabulous introduction for the novice weaver and having completed the sampler (see earlier blog), I designed some placements for my dear friend who loves these colors.

Don't you love this wonderful piece of equipment. I was very lucky to buy this excellent warping board from a New York Handweavers Guild member in my neighborhood who no longer uses it. It's just gorgeous by itself and even lovelier with the yarn on. When not in use it makes a handy hat peg board. The weaving went pretty well. Even tho'
I thought I knew just how much loom waste to allow for, I hadn't calculated quite enough. When I began the 4th mat I only allowed 2" between them for fringe. That wasn't enough extra so by the end the rod was almost touching the heddles and I was throwing the shuttle very, very carefully as the shafts kept coming off the bobbin loop thingy that goes through a spool on the castle. I am still learning all this new vocabulary! But, in the end it all worked out. Marsha cut the fringes beautifully and Maria and Shawn were very pleased.

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