Monday, October 17, 2016

A short post about weaving

Geeze, it's been over a year since I've posted anything.

So why am I here now? Well, a recent visitor to this blog had a question about weaving, which it so happens I have been doing lately. Some time back I acquired a Schacht Rigid Heddle loom (this one though without the stand). I've done some rigid heddle weaving with a paddle loom, and also a little bit of card weaving (which is totally fun and I need to do it again), and at one point I had some ambitious weaving ideas, including crazy long shawls seen in Regency fashion plates, and period accurate fringe (eventually, one of these ideas will come to fruition...)

Anyway, I wanted to be able to do more weaving than I could do with the paddle or the cards, but wasn't about the shell out big bucks for a floor loom. So, I went with a table loom with two rigid heddles.

My first weaving project was pretty much a total failure, due to poor yarn choice. Maybe fuzzy angora-style yarns can be woven, but THIS particular fuzzy angora-style yarn SUCKED. I gave up on the weaving after only a few inches

For my second weaving project, I used what I think is a cotton or cotton-blend yarn.

Yeah, that's me sitting on the floor with the loom, which is not how it's supposed to be used, and is not good for my back. Ahem.

Here's the scarf that I wove.

The yarn was slightly variegated, which serendipitously resulted in a plaid pattern.

This scarf was for the charity knitting (to which I've added weaving) a group of us at my work have been doing. This one will join the Red Scarf Project donations.