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Triangle Loom and Top

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!

Warping is quite straightforward, but not what a rigid heddler is used to, and involved the lovely wooden yarn bowl you see at the lower point of the loom in the photo above. It’s just a matter of wrapping the fiber back and forth, pulling from a ball of yarn in the bowl.

I put the loom on a presentation stand — something I got a long time ago from an office supply store — and that worked out very well, with the added bonus that adjusting the height was both possible and straightforward.

The actual weaving is an up and down affair. I had thought that this form of weaving would be easy on my hands, but, to my surprise, they took to it poorly, and my right wrist, always most vulnerable, had a hard time. As a result I spaced sessions out. If I’d been able to go all-in-one, this would have been a very quick weave.

Both the warp and the weft yarns were from other peoples’ leftovers, from my Guild’s table. Donations are put out, and whoever takes bits home makes a small donation, which is the Guild’s to keep. The warp and either side of the weft are the same nubby novelty yearn, but the center front is a different fiber — a chunkier novelty with irregular larger nubs popping up here and there.

The logical garment for triangle production is, naturally, a shawl, but my loom would have made a rather small one, and I’m not really much of a fan of shawls — they’re hard to wear and interfere too much with arm motion. So I used a commercial pattern to make this top, and, once it was rinsed, dried and finished, cut the front yoke from my newly woven fabric. The lower front and back are burgundy linen, which suited my handwoven material very well.

The pattern is I AM Pan, with minor alterations. I’m not sure I’d recommend the pattern — you can read a review shortly on my sewing blog — but this kind of straight yoke was perfect for this project — and left very little waste.

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