Well, after much trial and error (mostly me thinking I was smarter than most others and not having it work at all) I am finally weaving something!
I think I posted this link before but this was basically what I did:
And, of course, I can’t choose something simple for my first project. This is the pattern (well, it’s supposed to be … now that I have pictures, I’m not sure I’m doing it right but I don’t care!):
I’m using just yarn … normal Red Heart (still don’t know the difference between the yarns) and it’s really wide … don’t know what the heck I’ll do with it but I don’t care! I’m weaving!
And here’s the result:
See the cards on the left? I made those! I had an old accordion file and the stiff cardboard on either end was about the same width as the cards I was given. To make the holes, I made a punch out of the metal nozzle off a large rodent water bottle (we used it when we had a rabbit) like this: I just pulled the metal part out and sharpened it with some files used to sharpen chain saws. Then, hit it against the cardboard with a hammer and poof! Perfectly round holes! 🙂
That is a door to a small cabinet that we removed, 2 C-clamps, 1 Knitting needle, a TV tray, a chair, a large bottle of 409, a paint stirrer, bungee cord and paper clamps. 🙂
I’m back on my weaving tangent, though I’m not even finished with my woman cave yet. This is how my Attention Deficit works. I was given a link quite a while ago (http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/index.html). That tab has been sitting there, open, this entire time. I finally decided to go through all the links, download what I wanted, then finally close it.
Well, imagine my surprise when I found these .pdfs! It’s Weaving 101, with instructions for building a full-sized loom, tablets, board looms, and table top looms! Not just that but exactly how to use them! I’m thrilled (and properly distracted from finishing my cave). Actually, I have hung my embroidery hoops on the wall and thought, “You know, I could do the same for the tablets I was given and even make some small frames and store them on the walls, too.” That one thought gave me permission to embrace this tangent again. 🙂
These were all written by Luther Hooper and are a fantastic resource for anyone to have (who is interested in this or think they may be in the future). To save these to your computer, right-click on the links below, click “Save Link As” and choose where you would like it saved on your computer. I hope you enjoy these as much as I am!
Well, a friend mentioned that she weaves on potholder looms and then said something about getting a 3-pin loom. I, obviously, had no idea what she was talking about so I looked it up and thought I should share this with you. I like how small these are, you could use leftover yarns, and it takes no time to finish each square. When I get my woman cave (son’s moving out and his room will become my woman cave with my weights, new weight machine and all my sewing/yarn/crafty items … no wood working, though. That stays in the garage).
And this video is how to weave with yarn on a potholder loom:
Take a look at these spinning wheels!
Our latest wheel is about ready for testing once the varnish dries a bit more. I like the way things turned out, even though it kept me alert all the time as so many things were new with this one. Because Jan requested a border collie in classic pose for the handle, I needed to make it removable and it turned out fine. I will add this option to my bag of tricks when people request delicate handle embellishment. It is held in place over the regular handle by two rare earth magnets. Just pop it off and pack it carefully for travel. I felt it was necessary to keep the woodwork simple so as not to compete with the art. Sorry for the indoor photos. Usually we haul the new wheels to some place interesting to photograph them but today we have rain. The dusty shop had to double…
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