Highly Satisfying

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I’m not in love with weaving just yet.


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Really.  I’m not.

Now this loom is another story…

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However, I’m really not in love with having to learn new terms like sett or e.p.i.  Nor am I in love with the idea of maybe having to calculate warp,  weft and yardage per pound for a more formal project–at some point in the very, very, very….very, far future.

But. 

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Seeing cloth accumulate on that cloth rod there is HIGHLY satisfying! 🙂

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That is all I have to say about that.

Comments

  1. shellssells says:

    Handy weaving calculator. Yes, you still have to know the terms but it takes a lot of the math out of it.
    http://weavolution.com/weaving-calculator

  2. It looks like you are having a good time with your new acquisition ;-D m.

    • OMG! I really am!! I am still a newbie weaver-and I am still not keen into delving into all of weaving in its glorious totality yet. Weaving is fun as long as it stays fun. I have plenty other areas of life that I can reserve my brainpower for, lol. I need easy when I want to do something fun or to relax. And this loom is just too easy to use and it’s really very cute!! I can’t not use it! I’m so glad I had the time to play with it.

  3. It is satisfying, isn’t it? I did a little weaving several years ago. I made enough yardage for some pillow covers and a few scarves. They are items I treasure.

    • YES!! I love seeing the cloth build up. Not sure what that’s about yet. A visible record of the passage of time? Productivity? I don’t know. But, it’s just really nice.

      So far, I’m just making long strips that I’m calling scarves, lol! I’m just trying to figure out how to get my beat even enough to wear these things outside some time. And maybe, make some early Christmas and birthday gifts. It would be nice not to have to rush around getting everyone gift cards this year. 🙂

  4. caityrosey says:

    Looks like lots of fun. I’ve often thought that weaving looks like an efficient way to make some simple pieces, like belts. Also a nice way to work with stiffer fibers, like hemp, that might be unpleasant to knit with.

    • You’re probably right about hemp…But I have seen some wonderful items made by the weavers that attend the Fiberguild meetings here. They’re stunning! And so sensuous…and drapey. Now, I think they get more into it than I ever will. But, I think the textiles they make are just beautiful. Most recently though, I got rid of a carpet,in one of the bathrooms and I mentioned I had to get a new one. So one of the weavers there said, “Don’t buy a new one! Weave it!” Now, of course, I would’ve never thought of that. But, they’re such die hard weavers, it’s the first thing that came to her mind. So, I might give it a try. I’d have to weave a lot of strips and then stitch them together and measure everything and all that with the looms I have though. Sounds long-term…So, we’ll see. There’s always knitting with something rugged too…

      Meh…this is becoming a book…Let’s just say, I’ll give it some more thought, lol! 😀

      • caityrosey says:

        I heard about some folks who recycle old bed sheets by cutting them into strips and weaving them into new sheets. I wonder what the texture would be like.I guess by the point you’re ready to retire sheets they’re already many times washed and very soft.

      • You know, that is a good idea for a bathroom rug! I have some sheets and towels to retire…I wonder if I can find some in black and white. My bathroom is black and white. That kind of project could go very fast. If not, I could check the local thrift shop, I guess…Hmmm…

      • caityrosey says:

        I’d love to see what you come up with.
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      • Well, it could be perfectly horrid, lol! But, of course, that might make for a really funny story!

        There. Now I have to go ransack the linen closet. My husband will be overjoyed about that…lol.

      • caityrosey says:

        Hah, I’m a home wrecker, literally. Or maybe that’s you…

  5. as always seems so beautiful and so exciting for me. Thanks and Love, nia

  6. How cool is that??? How did you learn to weave in the first place? As someone who has never done it, how would I start?
    That piece in your pictures is beautiful!

    • I am learning as I go, really. I am a member of Fiberguild in DE and many of them are weavers. A few of them gave me some tips and I just practice on these little looms at home. The looms I have are the 10″ Schacht Cricket and the Ashford Sample-It looms. Kind of partial to equipment that has the potential to travel. I have also gathered some other digital resources to learn from as well. Will probably post about those next.

  7. There is always somthing satisfying about seeing your progress isn’t there?

  8. I love the new hobby, but will admit that my spinning wheel doesn’t get as much love as it should. If I take up a new hobby I either need to get rid of the job or stretch out the day somehow. 🙂

    As always I am in awe of your ability to do it all and make it so gorgeous while you do. Maybe this is a dumb question, but to do wider projects do you have to purchase a bigger loom or can you sew pieces together?

    • I hear you. I tend to try a lot of things on a small scale for that very reason. Well, that and it’s already a big job trying to be present and active in a family. One of our children is a special needs child, which tends to compound the need for personal, quiet time while at the same time restricting a lot of it, lol. But, I can usually snatch a minute here and there if I keep things simple and/or small scale. If they could bottle extra hours for your day, I’d be the first in line!

      That’s not a silly question at all. Both are viable solutions to larger cloths. You could get a larger loom or you could stitch smaller woven pieces together. I still want an AKL loom and I’m still trying to decide on the 12″ or 20″. I would rather keep things small and easier for me to see in front of me. But, not having to piece together so much would be convenient.

  9. And when I thought you couldn’t possibly amaze any more on your talents, here you go again!!! I love it and I’m so inspired that I’m now going to have to dig out by loom 🙂

    • This is amazing? Don’t you love it when we can do things a five year old can and still pull off amazing? 🙂 I have been looking for something I can share with Girl Child some day. This could actually be it…

  10. I have just started weaving, I love the actual weaving bit and love seeing the cloth accumulate too!
    What you are weaving at the moment looks beautiful! What yarn are you using?
    Heather
    TinyWoodlandFibres.blogspot.co.uk

    • It is so neat seeing it grow right in front if your eyes!

      I’m still learning weaving, so I’m using yarn from my commercial yarn stash (mostly bought from Stitches With Style, here in Delaware). The rusty orange color is yarn I got there, but have long since lost the wrapper (if it turns up, I will edit this). It was just leftover from another project though. But the color is called Brick. The neutral yarn in this photo I actually bought a few skeins of, so I have that label. That is an undyed natural yarn from Fairthorne Farm. It is 80% alpaca and 20% merino. Although it is outsourced from their farm to be spun, I bought it because it looked like it was handspun (and I was just getting into handspinning at that time). It smells just like soap!

  11. Is there anything you don’t do when it comes to fibers? I’d love to be able to create my own yarn like you do…

    • Lol! Plenty! But playing around with them is I think what I do best. 😉

      And you definitely can make your own. It doesn’t have to be expensive either (though you can get as extravagant as you like). Spindles and fiber kits are available to just try it out and see if it grows on you. No harm or much risk involved in getting one from etsy. And if you love it…well, then usually you just become an addict and want to spin all your dust bunnies and every other bit of fluff you can get your hands on, lol.

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