Projects Designed to Learn Your Loom

My previous post I updated everyone on what I was accomplishing during my time of silence. I briefly touched on my latest project off of my new AVL loom. Today, I wanted to explain a little bit more in-depth in regards to the type of project that I made and why I decided on this particular project. One of my primary products to weave are blankets. On my Kyra loom I was able to produce throw sized blankets (48″ x 72″) without having to create panels or utilize a double weave. I also primarily use wool as my fiber medium. Continue Reading…

Sticky Warp

Remember, after New Years I made the resolution to weave blankets at some point this year? Well it is finally happening and the warp is on the loom and ready to roll! It took me about two days to thread all 960 ends into the heddles, another couple of days to wind on all thirteen and a half yards and almost an entire afternoon tying on to the front beam. I went to start weaving the heading and boom- no shed. At first I thought that it was just the fluke of winding on- sometimes when I work with wool Continue Reading…

New Warp New Week

I have been adjusting to the new schedule my life has been developing for me. I am having a bit of a writers block so I have decided to show you some of the new goodies that I am getting ready to put on the loom. I am making some more ombré infinity scarves in different color families. Using the Harrisville yarn is incredibly rewarding because the heathered quality of the fiber makes the transitions from one color to the next seem effortless. Each one of these warp chains is 13+ yards with 214 ends each. I am in love Continue Reading…

How to Plan a Project: Calculating Warp

So you have finally found a weaving draft that you love. You can see it in your house are wrapped around your neck and you are so excited to get started working on it! But how much warp do you need? How much yarn do you need order in order to make the warp and have enough for weft? How do you figure out the sett? There are so many things to think about and it can be very frustrating. Here is part one in planning your project; figuring out your warp needs. Your warp is the foundation to your Continue Reading…

Anatomy of Cloth on the Loom

I often forget how mainstream weaving is in the everyday world- it isn’t. Lots of people know the difference between a woven cloth and a knit cloth, but they cannot explain, in specific terms, what those differences are. I usually get the blank stare with the smile and a nod when I start to get into detail about weaving. The response is: “I love what you make, but I you lost me at loom.” So in order to help explain myself a little more (with pictures!) I have started the visual glossary with some of the very basic terms associated Continue Reading…