Friday, August 30, 2013

Getting ready for the weekend

Hello, dear readers :)
Today was a cleaning day.  I don't know where I got all of this stuff, but it has to go.  I am still in the process of cleaning out the pantry and cabinets and drawers.  It's a work in progress and I've only  got a few more things to do, but it's time consuming.  Throwing out stuff that's over the expiration day, phew.  I can tell you that there was stuff in my pantry that is the cure for cancer.  Unbelievable.  I must make a mental note
 to do this on a monthly basis.
 So, the red and white band you can see that I started out but after a while I tightened up.  I'm not sure which is acceptable.

Bands so far, nothing earth shattering.

The next band is made of the same crochet cotton 10 in white and a pearl cotton which is thinner, but it worked.

It's almost off the loom, so then I can do another.  Thinking of doing a much larger band the next time.

Hope everyone will have a safe and fun Labor Day
Until later...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Happy as a clam

Hello, dear readers :)

I am definitely having fun.

I dug around for some crochet cotton to contrast with the white and  found a sparkly red, 10 weight.  I made a mistake on the previous band by using two different weights of cotton, the pink was a size 3 and the white was a 10.  Now I know :)

This time I threaded the loom for the whole length of approximately 8 1/2 yards. I thought I'd have trouble with the threading, but it went really well.  Now, I'm trying to keep working on my ends to get a nice smooth look. 
I'm not sure  what I'm going to do with this band.  It might be a good Christmas ribbon to wrap packages with?

I find this weaving very relaxing.  Soooo, you know what I'll be up to.
Until later...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It's a wrap!

Hello, dear readers :)

Well, I managed to finish off my test piece.  I need a lot of practice with my  edges.  I loved the 5/2 weight of cotton.  So smooth!

Now that this piece is off the loom, the next step was to thread my own warp. Yikes!
First, I had to make 20 heddles which went well.  I really didn't think I could do this, but I took my time.
Okay, that went fine.
The heddles are a beige color.

Okay, next was the threading  of the loom.  I thought that it went well, even when I inserted the headers.
I thought I was ready to weave.  But, I noticed one of the threads didn't go under the peg so I tried to repair it. (WRONG)
Then all my threads when berserk and I had a mess.  I tried to repair it (not well, in fact) but I finished it. 

 I also noticed that I was missing threads on both ends.  Duh, stupid, ach!  Another observation was that for some reason I didn't have the correct number of threads on both sides.  Duh

But here it is! LOL
I ordered a great book for the inkle loom and it's currently en route.
I hope I get better with this.  The action of weaving is so calming.
The hardest part was to thread the loom and after that the actual weaving went fast.
Until later...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Inkle, inkle little star

Hello, dear readers :)

You knew I'd do this, right?
Got me an "inkle" loom!

This baby is by Schacht.  It came with the threads all wrapped and ready to go. So I've been practicing to try to keep my edges nice and neat, and ran out of yarn.   Now, I'm ready to cut it off and try to wrap my own pattern. Yeh, right!

There are a lot of videos out there that I'll have to watch.  Once I get it wrapped I'd like to use my special "cards" like I showed you before as heddles.  So, I think that I won't have to use strings, but use the cards in place of them to make a pattern.  Still in the thinking process.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.
Until later...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Go Fish

Hello, dear readers :)
I have 24 cards, will probably need more.

Well, I kept trying since 7 am today and figured out how to fix the cards.  I had so many issues and got into a tangled mess several times.  I saw that there was a definite twist behind the cards, that I couldn't untangle.  UGH!

So, I keep going, where, I do not know. LOL

I thought I had a good idea to use my Cricket Loom but it's way too clumsy to weave bands.  What I have in mind is yes, yet another loom, like I said before.  I'm trying to get DH to buy me an "inkle" - who knows.
I still would like to make him a pair of suspenders and a bag with bands sewn together.
I have the ideas, but not the correct equipment.
Well, back to the drawing  board.
Until later...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fed Up

Hello, dear readers :)
Didn't take any pictures today because I was going out of my mind!
I tried to made a band, SEVERAL times.
Forget it!!!!
After three different types of  bands, I gave up!!!
Wrap, warp, twist, etc., etc.

So I forgave myself and cut everything off and threw it in the trash!
I'll have to come back to it another day :(
Have a great evening.
Until later...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Book arrived by post

Hello, dear readers ")
No pxs for this blog.
Would you believe that my book arrived today along with my cards?  Woo hoo.
So after giving it a good read, I'll let you know what I'm going to make.  Suspenders come to mind for my DH.  
Will catch you tomorrow and maybe I'll have my threads all ready to go!
Until later....

Friday, August 16, 2013

It's in the cards

Hello, dear readers :)

Well, dinner is in the oven (chicken breasts with fresh lemons and rosemary, yum) which has given me a little time to take some pictures.
For my band,  I'm using the Cricket 10" loom.  My first attempt at making the band was not very organized.  I didn't like the way the threads kept twining up. So I used my 12 heddle.  I'm also using crochet cotton which seems to work very well.
I was able to warp my thread using 2 colors together threading only once (4 threads in one slot) and using 16 cards.  This worked out well.  It didn't bunch or twist on me.  Very organized.

I'm still playing with direction and what I can do.  I'm still using cereal boxes but they're getting pretty natty, so I may have to use my playing cards real soon.
I did order my book along with the cards and they'll get here sometime next week. LOL
In the meantime, I'm playing with the cards.
Have a great weekend, see ya Monday.
Until later...

Card and Tablet Weaving

Hello, dear readers :)
Happy Friday

Yesterday I played with my cards and made about a one yard length of a mess.
I am still practicing, but believe I can do a lot better. LOL

I still am using the cereal boxes for cards but I thought I'd try using playing cards.  
They were cheap enough.
I've used crochet cotton for my practice.
This first band I didn't thread my heddle with the cotton and think that my next one will  be heddle drawn because my threads got twisted and took me a while to unravel.
So, here we go again!
Hope you have a great Friday!
Until later....

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Inkle Anyone?

Hello, dear readers :)

I didn't realize that I hadn't blogged for a while.

I've been messing with my Cricket.  The picture doesn't do justice.  I tried to take a px of the threads. 
 (My bad) It's kind of messy. LOL

Something new to work on!
I never heard of tablet or card weaving!  It's history is amazing!
 I've been investigating how to do this with my Cricket.  
You are supposed to work on an "inkle loom" to make these special bands, but I kinda figured it out how to still do continuous warping and then go from there with the cards.
You can see bunches of oats and I think mini wheats cereal boxes that I cut out a square and marked them a, b, c, d, and then number them and punched 4 holes in each one.  I had enough to make 24 cards.  They also recommended using a deck of playing cards (of all things)!
I'm still learning.
So, okay I've been trying to make the cards work.  Forwards, backwards, 1/4 of a turn or more.  There are all sorts of patterns one can do by manipulating the cards.  It's fascinating.
You know what's coming, don't you?
Once I get the procedure down, I think, think, mind you, that I'll purchase a small inkle loom along with this great book I found, "Card Weaving" by Candace Crockett and some processed cards!
Hope your day is going well.
Until later...

Friday, August 9, 2013

It's in the bag!

Hello, dear readers :)
Yesterday I fussed around with this bag.  I'm going to use this as a sort of model.  It's not lined either.

I'm going to call this a "1 yard bag."
I thought of adding a pocket to the front or back or inside and the Zoom Loom makes great patches for pockets!  I just threw on the orange square to show you.  I'm not sure if I want my pocket(s) variegated or plain.  I need to figure out a band, find a button, and make a button hole.

I've got another idea that I want to play with (coordination).  Maybe I'll get better as I go along LOL!
Hope you all have a great weekend.
Until later...

Thursday, August 8, 2013

From one old bag to another!

Hello, dear readers :)

It was too hot to do anything today.  
Yesterday was even hotter.  
Us old folks don't do the heat very well.  
We crisp!

So, today I have been playing with my weaving using the Cricket Loom.  (I just adore the Cricket)
This first bag I experimented using some picking which will turn into a pointed flap.  I thought about making a 1"  or 1/2" band for the handle, but that has to wait for the moment.  I've used
 the "Rowan" again (can't seem to kill it) with the green sock yarn.

The next one I used the the variegated green for both warp and weft,  and everything changed - a disorganized plaid.  Amazing.

So, just to give you the sense of what I'm doing (do I really make any sense?).  I'm thinking of lining both bags, maybe with a little interfacing and stitch up the sides.  I may change my mind.  :) 
I do know that I need to warp the loom as soon as I take whatever I'm weaving, off.  
Then I'm all set to go, whenever.
Hope you are having a great Thursday!
Until later...

Monday, August 5, 2013


Hello, dear readers :)
Oh my!
I couldn't believe it.

Amazing. Wow!
This scarf was woven on a Cricket 10" loom.  12 dent - warp length 3 yards.  Wool is the fingering weight.  After I took it off my loom I let it soak for quite a while and then I popped it into the dryer.  What I got was some sort of design that I couldn't help myself - the wool did it on it's own!  I guess that's the fun of it.  It also fluffed out the fringe which I really thought was cute.  So you really never know how it's going to turn out !  I'll have to steam it next.

Then I began warping for the next one.  I'm using a variegated sock yarn for the warp (unknown brand) and for the weft the same "Rowan" fingering and look how it turned out!  Another surprise!

Well, I can't wait to see what this looks washed, dried and pressed.
Hope everyone is having a great Monday!
Until later...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Experimental Project

Hello, dear readers :)

Well, the other day my 12 dent heddle arrived and I've been  playing with it.  I used a "Rowan" tweed, fingering weight wool(yardage unknown but about the size of a 10 weight crochet cotton).  

Everything was going well, until I began weaving.  It appeared that I lost about 2" because my knots were not that secure when I tied the wool on.  Live and learn. Have to remember that.  I managed to take out the mess and slide about 2-3"  to fill up the empty holes and slots.  This worked, without me having to re-do the whole thing and waste the wool.  Pilot error. (heh)
This time, instead of washing and drying outside, I soaked the scarf for quite a while, smooched it out with a towel and then I put it in the dryer.  I'm still waiting to see what it's going to look like.  So, if it's something that I'd really, really like, I'll snap a px for tomorrow's blog.

Now I need to go and fill up the loom again!  I'm happy that I'm actually using my stash.  Scarves work for me on the Cricket 10" loom.  If you're interested in weaving, I would recommend this nifty loom because it's so easy to set up and you're off weaving, quick as a wink.
Hope you are all having a great weekend.
Until later...

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