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  • knitting1105 4:05 pm on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , rigid heddle,   

    My new Hobby requires a few things… 

    Taking on a new hobby is not without some equipment and supplies.  I found these at Architectural Artifacts (led there by Kim and Jane), and got a great deal on the cones for warping my loom.

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    Luckily they fit nicely in my yarn closet, at the front of the baskets holding yarn and projects.

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    For my second project I tried direct warping, and although I had to do it twice, it seems to have worked really well. I did not have a clamp to hook to, so brought one of my dining room chairs down.  Essentially you have a large cone of yarn sitting under the wheel and keep wrapping it over or under the back bar and then to “peg” that you have set the distance away to get the length that you want.  Because you are not tying down individual strings, except when you want to change colors, it seems to go much better.  My new weaving hook helps a lot too, tried the first time with a crochet hook, and that was really cumbersome.

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    This is the video that shows how to do it, much better than I could describe.

    And here is my 2nd project, over 1/2 way done.  Not sure what it will look like…  It is quick and fun though, and I have found a good location in the basement that was an unused area, and I can watch TV while working on this.

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  • knitting1105 12:54 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Joe Hanes, Rigid Heddle Loom,   

    The Gift that Inspired 

    Last Fall my cousin Cheryl emailed me to ask if I would like an Architecture book that they found at a sale; of course I had to answer yes.  I was very surprised when this large box arrived the next week.

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    These are cones of yarn used mainly by weavers.  Weaving had always enticed me, but the only looms that I knew of were the Inkle loom and the large floor looms.  I have an Inkle loom that I have been meaning to learn on for many years, and the floor looms are just too big for our house.  Then last Fall my friend Jane was given an old table top loom by a neighbor, which got her on the weaving bug.  The beautiful shawls and blankets and bags that she has been turning out were really inspiring.  A woman at the local yarn shop was interested in selling her table top loom, but luckily she never got back to me with a price.  A couple of months later Kim and Joe joined our SnB knitting group one night.  Kim is a knitter and weaver, and Joe makes square wooden knitting needles. Joe was showing me photos of all his projects, which included a floor Rigid Heddle loom, I was intrigued, and when I went to visit them a couple of weeks later, I purchase one on the spot.  Each is a little bit different as he uses reclaimed lumber, so there is a mixture of various hardwoods in each loom, and they are all unique.  Apparently he was inspired to start making looms when the noise of Kim’s table top loom banging on the table got to him, and he has been making them for many years.  You can find out more about his products here.  This is from the website:

    The Rigid Heddle Loom is an original design by wood artisan, Joe Hanes

    It has been evolving through the years.

    This loom is simply beautiful and purely functional!!   Created from exotic wood

    showing many of the “beauty marks” from the wood.

    They are  a strong durable loom,  that can “pivot” to the weaver’s back, which means the  weaver can choose to sit anywhere they are

     comfortable to weave at their loom.

             It has slides on the sides, which allows more space for theweaver to create.

    The loom can pivot down  to enable the loom to slide into small spaces.

      They are made in 18″ and 24″ widths.

    Kim & Joe Looms

    Kim & Joe Looms

    A couple of weeks ago my loom arrived, the 24″ wide version, and last week Joe helped me to set it up and warp the threads.

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    Sliding Bar for the Rigid Heddle so that it can move down towards you and requires less time winding up.

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    Beautiful wooden tension knobs.

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    The warping took about 2 hours and I used some of the cream colored cotton in the gift box of weaving yarns.  Looks like a mess, but it all turned out beautifully.

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    Then we wove some toilet paper at the beginning to even out the threads and I was ready to go.

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    And there she sat for a couple of days while I looked at Youtube videos and waited for Jane to come over and guide me throughout the beginning of my first project.

     
    • elaine 1:37 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love it! And it’s beautiul, too. Must research what the difference is between tapestry looms and rigid heddle looms… Yes, bug has bitten 🙂

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      • knitting1105 11:58 am on June 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I know about that bug. I was able to hold off until I saw the wonderful things that my friend Jane was weaving.

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    • AndreSue 11:18 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      How exciting!! Your loom is gorgeous!

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      • knitting1105 11:58 am on June 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        It really is. He is a master woodworker, and uses beautiful reclaimed lumber so each piece is slightly different.

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