SampleIt Loom

June 10th, 2021 No comments

This is a quick “catch-up” post to note the acquisition of my Ashford SampleIt loom, now quite some time ago.

It’s a really convenient little loom for testing new types of weaving, experimenting with different yarns, and so on, when warping a wider loom isn’t ideal. Assembly was no problem at all, and the instructions were very clear.

I finished this loom with Williamsville Wax, a beeswax-based preparation. I’ve been very happy with it, and it’s not nearly as agonizing to use as Tung Oil.

Pros for this cute little loom are its portability, its built-in double heddle blocks (!), and its apparent sturdiness. It’s really easy to warp and cart all around! It’s also the one loom which may not tempt you to buy a stand, since it’s quite easy to handle on its own.

Cons potentially include the knobs, which may be difficult for those with hand issues to turn — I strongly prefer the “peg” style on my Cricket and Kromski — but the knobs may not be as much of an issue when projects are smaller, as they generally would be with the SampleIt.

Also, a big “con” for me are those horrible plastic straps for the warp stick ties. I really dislike the inflexibility, and, worse, don’t believe for one minute that these will stand the test of time. Why use plastic when you can use cord? And can I complain about the ugly gray color of all the plastic bits? Why not a soft brown, which would at least be pretending to go along with that lovely wood?

In general I’m not wild about all the plastic on this loom — I’d always prefer wood. Weaving is a tactile experience, and natural materials part of the pleasure. Plastic really isn’t any kind of pleasure, either to touch or to look at, although your mileage may vary, of course. And plastic is forever in all the wrong ways, where wood eventually decays if left out to do so.

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Tools for a Larger Rigid Heddle Loom

June 3rd, 2021 No comments

These aren’t accessories sold by Kromski, the maker of my largest rigid heddle loom, but those I’ve found helpful when weaving on my wide rigid heddle loom. It turns out that the challenges offered by a super-wide loom are a little different, and the habits I’d developed when using my smaller looms didn’t necessarily translate.

When warping my Cricket or Sampleit looms, I typically used a standard spool holder, or, occasionally, a deep metal mixing bowl. For smaller, quicker warps these solutions were not ideal, but worked adequately.

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Marguerite Cardigan

May 26th, 2021 No comments

This was a serious fail. This was an early project, too, and you know, learning stuff is tough. I found the pattern in a Japanese Saori book. It was very simple — really just a sewn rectangle — so neither weaving nor sewing seemed to present a challenge.

(English version)

The book is great, clever and inspirational. My poor project was none of these things!

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Tips for Storage

May 20th, 2021 No comments

Once you begin to use your loom regularly, you’ll probably discover that you need various ways of storing your tools, and the bits and pieces you reach for each time you sit down to work.

Here are a few ways I keep my own weaving tools organized.

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Triangle Loom and Top

May 13th, 2021 No comments

Once I knew they existed, I couldn’t help myself, and I bought one. A triangle loom! Who knew?

It came unassembled, but putting it together was simple — just connect the corners and off you go! Read more…

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Lap Loom and Stand

May 6th, 2021 No comments

I recently purchased a lap loom and stand from Harrisville. I wanted a medium-sized lap loom to play around with, and I wanted the stand so that I could comfortably work without having to keep a death grip on the loom.

This sort-of worked out.

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Japanese Wrap, Vest and Top

April 29th, 2021 No comments

Although this was one of the first few experiments I made in handwoven clothing construction, and it definitely shows its beginner bones, it’s one of my favorite projects.

Try Kinokunyia — they ship in
North America!

This is design 12 in the treasure-trove that is SOARI, a volume chock-full of styles created and woven by a women’s collective in Japan.

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Little Loom Bag

April 23rd, 2021 No comments

Quite a while ago, I made a bag for a little loom for a dear relative who wanted to play around with weaving.

It was quick and easy to make up, and allowed for simple storage for a project that was only going to be picked up occasionally.

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Variable Dent Reed Scarves

April 19th, 2021 No comments

I haven’t proven to be much of a natural at getting a good feel for selvedges, so it’s been important that I take the path to Carnegie Hall approach to learning. (Practice, practice, practice!)

But I like a little variety in my projects, so when I determined that I’d make a batch of mufflers, I decided that I wanted to experiment with texture and differing thicknesses of yarns. I bought a variable reed for my Cricket.

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Burda 12-2020-127

April 16th, 2021 No comments

It looked like a totally impractical top, but why should that be an impediment?

The Burda top, from the December 2020 magazine (12-2020-127) is basically a sweatshirt-like garment with a looooong attached scarf. What’s not to like? If there’s one thing I can produce, it’s looooong fabric!

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