Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Adventures

Something new.  Something awesome.  Something I have wanted to do for over a decade (but I kept  running into road blocks).  I'm talking about weaving, uhuh, weaving.  I spin, knit, machine knit, crochet and sew, but weaving has been eluding me.  Not the basic knowledge of how to weave, just the time and un-broken equipment to do it with.  I've had a 4-shaft Melville or Brunswick loom in pieces in the barn for over 10 years.  Some of those pieces were broken and since I didn't know a lot about looms, I really didn't know how to fix it.  Then an opportunity came along to buy an identical loom, all together, nothing broken and with an excellent refit for a very affordable price.  Naturally I snapped it up.

Here is a picture of it as it sat in it's last house....



It's lovely, made of bird's eye maple and now that I know a little more about what I'm doing, I'm confident that we re-assembled it correctly.  It had a warp on it, neatly tied around the warp beam and since I am an absolute beginner, I used it as a bit of a cheat to get me started.  With shuttle in hand I did a little plain weaving and then tried a bit of twill....


I noticed that there was a mistake in the warp....if I was making a finished piece, I would go back and fix it and start again, but as it is, this is all about practice and learning and the fact that I knew right away what I had done wrong seems worth it all.  This was fun, so fun...and after a good night's sleep, I'm going to get at it again and try some different combinations and see what happens. It feels great to see that with every inch, the tension and selvedge are looking better.




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