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Swiftly, Swiftly

August 26th, 2021 No comments

Turning skeins of yarn into something manageable requires something other than willing hands. A yarn swift is the answer, but many are huge, expensive, and bulky to store. This one isn’t!

The Woolery says this swift is Amish-designed; it’s branded “ChiaoGoo”. You can see that it breaks down very compactly, which makes it perfect for weavers like me who have infrequent need of a swift. Read more…

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A Word About Sourcing

July 15th, 2021 No comments

Part Two of Weaving Paper towels isn’t ready yet, so here’s a little something for intermission.

When I first started to weave, I wanted yarns to play with that wouldn’t destroy my budget, and that I could buy in sufficient quantity that I wouldn’t worry about using them up wastefully as I learned. Now I’m a lot more likely to choose a project, and then look for the yarn, but as a new rigid heddle weaver it was more useful to have several kinds/colors/types of yarns around. I felt freer to experiment, and could focus more on the weaving, instead of the end project.

These are the kinds and sources of fibers I began with: Read more…

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Fringe Twister

June 24th, 2021 No comments

I’m not a fan of fringe, but I like to learn how to do new things, and I had a project in mind that really needed a longish twisted fringe. I also suspected that I might want to make drawstrings or cords in the future, so I ordered a fringe twister made by Fiber Artist Supply Company.

Image from Fiber Arts Supply Co.

This turned out to be an excellent choice.

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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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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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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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An Apron for a Cricket Loom

December 12th, 2018 No comments

When I first started weaving on my little loom, I was vexed because there was no good place for me to set tools where they would be accessible. Then I saw the Wolf Trap on the Schacht website and knew I had the answer.  The problem was that Schacht doesn’t make a similar apron/sling for the Cricket. Naturally, I made my own.

Here’s what my finished sling looks like on my 15-inch Cricket loom:

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