|The beginning of my love form Rams' Horn card-weaving|
Enter my social media interaction and our participation in a Fiber Arts community. We were both at the same retreat, and during the raffle I did *NOT* win the large floor inkle loom. My friend noticed my disappointment and knew immediately she'd been fostering that loom on my behalf. She explained to me that she wanted me to inherit the loom from her, and several months later when I hadn't yet visited, she found the occasion to bring the loom to me. (Of course, I still owe her the social visit! Coffee! Chatting! Scritching the kitties!)
The first day I had the loom, I simply *HAD* to learn how to use it. I'd heard over the years that weaving simply Tabby-Weave bands and ribbons was MUCH easier and faster than card-weaving, but I'd never put my hand to it yet. I'd also heard that you could create "continuous heddles" rather than hand-cutting and tying each heddle individually. So I made up a system, warped up my loom with random embroidery floss skeins, and set to weaving.
-- Achievement Unlocked! (10/7)
-- warped by sunset and firelight, woven in the dark by firelight, drums, music, and dancing (10/8)
|Close-up second warp
-- approximately three yards, woven in the dark (10/8)
|Finished first two warps|
-- "Sunrise, Sunset" for me, "Midnight, Twilight" for Sweetie #weaving (10/11)
I'm preparing now for a post-Thanksgiving sales event, trying to weave as much product for my booth as possible. I'm also learning how to experiment with simple tabby patterns. I'm not completely secure in planning the patterns on the fly, but I'm getting better with each piece.
So, please enjoy the photos I've taken for the past week. I know I'm enjoying them.
|-- weaving, and I can see the end in sight.
|-- playing with crayons,
to plan for weaving ideas #crafty (11/14)
|-- arrive at work early, warp a loom on your trunk.
Everyone does this, right? #crafty (11/15)
|-- New warp is ready to weave
|-- Pattern emerges
|-- Warp, contrasted with
woven inkle. #weaving (11/16)
|-- Dude! I can make things!
From threads! #crafty #weaving (11/18)
|-- so, yes, I love weaving.
|-- warp colors picked by Sweetie,
pattern created by me
#crafty #weaving (11/18)
|-- the pattern I created is growing on me...
Not an instant hit.
But getting better. #weaving (11/18)
|-- definitely like this better than
when I first started. #weaving (11/18)
|-- About half done