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OMG, I am SO excited.

I broke down the Christmas tree this afternoon - we were looking at "fire hazard" in the rear view mirror.  As an added bonus, once the boxes go to the attic, I'll be able to get the sewing room pulled back together and get the loom into the space I preemptively made for it a few years back.



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Jan. 5th, 2015 03:43 am (UTC)
Jan. 5th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
You say the sweetest things. :-)

I'm starting to think about yardage - but I'd never have the guts to cut it.
Jan. 5th, 2015 05:23 am (UTC)
It would be lovely whatever you made of it...

Jan. 5th, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
Once I've finished up this warp - it's the rest of that tencel from our class - I'm going to put on a cottolin warp and see how that goes. It'll be interesting to see if I have the same problems with snapping the warp threads. I'm hoping not, because I think I know what I did wrong.
Jan. 5th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
So, can I place an order? PLEASE!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

As far as yardage for you is concerned...we can make a sloper for you so you know it's going to work and then if you don't want to cut it, I'll do it for you. You should wear what you weave and show it off.

Oh and BTW, I went back to the store where we got the broken diamond twill for Arne and bought them out of it--5 yards waiting to be cut.
Jan. 6th, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
We can talk. :-)

Well, the tens of thousands of yards of fiber I would need for that sort of yardage is rather intimidating, and probably not cost-effective. But maybe someday...

But in the nearer term - I think there's lots of table linens in my future.
Jan. 6th, 2015 05:31 am (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 7th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
So...what am I seeing? I mean, I know I'm seeing a loom and some string/yarn/thread but...is that a blanket or some other finished item? Or is it fabric that you'll make into something else? It looks very time consuming, all those threads making that pattern.
Jan. 7th, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
You're seeing a "4 harness" loom that is warped - that's the terminology for putting all the string on it and under tension. The warp I have on there is about nine inches wide - I'm making scarves as a test.

It's time consuming by our modern standards where most manufacturing is motorized, but it goes faster than you would think. Over Saturday evening and Sunday (on and off) I wove about two and half yards of cloth. It will go faster as I get more practiced at it.

I'm actually finding it kind of calming. Once you get the pattern enough in your head that you don't have to constantly keep checking it, it's almost soothing to work on.

I just like to *make* things. My father tells me that my great-grandfather was the same way.
Jan. 7th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, a scarf :) I thought perhaps a table-runner, but a scarf makes more sense. So it's soft and bendable, not rigid like upholstery fabric, then?

I love making things, too. But I'm crazy and jump from thing to thing without ever getting especially good at anything. Because I want to try nearly everything. I mean, I made arm-knitted scarves for my sisters this year and made ring-planters out of PVC pipe last year. (They look good with herbs in them and a larger planter, small statue or bird bath in the middle.) I've made window-boxes (actually installed on the house) and all kinds of jewellery. I occasionally sew. (I extremely hate sewing but sometimes I just want something I can't buy.) I have tried quilling and making paper flowers (I like almost everything to do with paper). I do photography and make cards out of old calendars (as well as out of my own photography, of course.) I've done a bit of chain mail. I have tried refurbishing furniture. Dad and I made my table. (I wanted it to be square and have a dark walnut stain with knotwork in the middle...and I couldn't buy that.) I made a rock statue (stacked rocks) this fall. I've made a bracelet out of an old spoon, too...turned out amazingly well for being a whim I got from seeing a picture online. I've thought about making lace and hats, lol. (I wouldn't even enjoy it, I KNOW I wouldn't, but...) I'm pretty much interested in *everything*, even things I know I'm not suited to.

I wish I could be more sensible and control myself a little.

Edited at 2015-01-07 09:00 pm (UTC)
Jan. 8th, 2015 02:23 am (UTC)
Correct - soft and bendy. Because it has to be woven under tension, everything looks stiff as a board on the loom.

I'm a bit of a dabbler myself - I jump from thing to thing all the time. Calligraphy, pysanky, engraving, embroidery, knitting, stained glass, shoe making, glove making, weaving, etc., etc. There's just so many cool things to try...

Quilling has always fascinated me, but I haven't tried it yet.
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