Friday, October 30, 2009

Ta Da !!!

My first official project is done !!  The samplers towels are off the loom, hemmed and ready for use.  Though they looked better on the loom, because of some errors I discovered early on in the weaving process.  Oh well,  that is part of the learning process.   They are very heavy towels, compared to the 8/2 and 10/2 cotton towels I have seen in the past.  Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome. 

Now on to the next project.  I have no idea what it will be, but I have enough 8/2 unmercerized cotton to create what ever I want. 

Below is a picture of the sampler towels from Weaver's Craft Magazine. This was my goal. Think I got pretty close.

These are the towels after hemming, before washing.

This is a look at all the towels on the loom before I am ready to take them off.

Towels in progress on the loom. More color and lots of counting!

Towels in progress.....

Now, time for some research on what I would like to do next.  This might take a night or two.  Then back to the warping board for me !

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just signed up for mobile blogging!  So now when I am working and wishing I was weaving, I can post my thoughts. This could be dangerous!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Color !!

Finally, after much anticipation about getting the loom dressed as best I could it is time for some color !

I am starting with a sampler towel kit with a 5/2 Pearl cotton.  The warp is a Natural 5/2 Pearl and the weft is a variety of colors, all in 5/2 Pearl.  I started with a normal knitters yarn to get the header (if that is what you call it) started for about 1 1/2 inches.  Just to get a firm straight line.  Wow, that worked great.  There is a huge difference in the Mighty Wolf loom and the small table loom when it comes to the way it weaves.    

So, after weaving a couple of hours last night I was able to get almost 3/4 of a towel done!  I expect to finish it this morning and then on to the next one.  There are three in the sampler kit.  After finishing the towels, I will have to stitch them and wash them up.  I am intensly curious how they will look after they are washed and pressed. 

The colors that I will be using are a Deep Lilac, then Kelly Green and finally Malay Purple, which looks more like a blue.  The band color is natural. 
Concerned about tension and learning how to use the brake in conjunction with moving the warp forward was a small challenge, but I got the hang of it.  Not having used a foot brake system before on a loom, that idea was new to me.  It worked and my towel is nice and tight. 

Taking pictures is going to be a good way to look back at my progress.  Also, it will help me to see my weaving improvements the more projects I get done.  My camera is not a high end fancy camera, but I did find a "flower" icon on it.  This will allow for some closeups so pattern definition can be seen. 

Monday, October 19, 2009

An Evening With My Loom

In continuation from earlier, I got my loom dressed.  The warp is on the back beam and the front is tied off on the apron rod for the front beam.  Yippee !!

If you look closely...really close, you will see that I forgot something.  The paper that goes between the threads when it gets rolled onto the back beam.  Not sure how I am going to get myself out of this one.  Beginner's luck.

Then tieing it on the front apron rod.  That was tedious but eventually got it done.  My back did not like sittting so long but can't be a wimp about this.

So, it probably isn't the prettiest nor done correctly but it is a start.  Tomorrow night I will see what I can do to get the paper on the back beam without destroying my warp.  Then ready to tie up the treadles and wind some bobbins!  Can't wait to get weaving!!

Finally Back At It Again !!

This weekend I didn't get to play on my loom due to family visiting.  My loom called me every morning and I felt like I was ditching my new best friend.  But family first!! 

After the busy weekend, I was able to verify my work on the sleying the reed and then last night I was able to thread the heddles.  It is a simple 1, 2, 3, 4 thread pattern but it is a start.  Tonight, I will check my threads for any that are crossed.  Also, this pattern calls for 2 threads per dent.  So keeping all of that straight too.  I hope to get it beamed tonight and tied up tonight to be at a good starting place tomorrow.

Well, back to my friend.  More later!

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's Been A While - :-(

Time has just flown by for the month of September.  October is half over and I am just getting comfortable with dressing my new loom.  September was a time for vacation (away from computers, cell phones and anything associated with technology).  Then when I came back, I got the flu.  2 weeks of misery to say the least.  Now I am back full force and ready to weave.

My first project just got sleyed (if there is such a word).  Just got done checking the thread count and number of threads per dent (2).  I am just trying a sampler kitchen towel project.  Hope to make 3 towels.  So far the pattern says 14" wide in the reed and I have 14 inches !!! 

The secret for me is music (ipod).  I have always enjoyed music and would prefer it over TV anytime.  Also, having the TV on in the background makes me lose count.  I have not been a math fanatic so I need all the help I can get.  The music is perfect for warping on the warping get a rythum going and time goes by so fast.  The same goes for sleying the reed. 

Lease sticks are also a life saver !  I have tried to dress the a loom in the past without lease sticks and had mess that eventually got cut off the loom.  Well, it never really got on the loom. 

Tonight, I spent my time double checking my threads so I can move on to the heddles tomorrow night.  By sticking with it every night and reading all I can get my hands on I am retaining alot more and things are getting easier.  I am sure I will have stumbling blocks along the way but I love a good challenge.

My goal is to have the loom completely dressed by the weekend so I can start the actual weaving process.  Then there will be another set of things to learn.  Hopefully they will look like towels in the process.

Enough for tonight....tired and works starts early.