And another one!

This one has legs!  Great job!  See her project at Ravelry.

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Another PVC Loom at Ravelry

Check out this project at Ravelry.  They created a Pawl and Ratchet using parts from an older loom.  Looks fantastic!

 

 

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A Dozen Projects in 8/2 Cotton – Cotton Clouds Video

This is a neat video from Cotton Clouds showcasing some of their latest loom kits.

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How to read Weaving Drafts

Just got a great email from Weaving Today – the Handwoven magazine people.

Not Written in Stone

From the article . . .

Reading drafts is one of the challenging parts of learning to weave, in part because there can be many ways to draft the same pattern. Here’s Laura Fry, expert weaver, teacher, and author of Magic in the Water, to address some common questions about weaving drafts. ––Anita

Sometimes new weavers get a bit confused when reading weaving drafts. These drafts are simply a graphic representation of how the threads move in the particular weave structure being shown. 

 

Twill Draft 1
Draft for a 4-shaft straight twill

The draft consists of four parts. Generally there is a row of four (or more) horizontal bars on which the threading sequence is shown. Think of them as an overhead view of the shafts in the loom. To the right (or left) of these horizontal bars is the section that shows how the shafts are tied up to the treadles. In some cases the tie-up is shown as a solid square or a blank.

More at the above link!

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Log Cabin Scarf

Took this off the 4-shaft PVC Loom to make way for the 8-shaft version.  This is a log cabin sample weave I had set up for demos at fiber shows.  This only uses 2 shafts and is probably the simplest draft after tabby.

I guess I should spend more time weaving instead of loom building.  My selvedge is not the best that it could be.  But I love the pattern and how it is created with just one little shift in the order of the threads.  You switch from 1,2,1,2, to 2,1,2,1.  This happens in both warp and weft to create the pattern.  Here is a closer view.

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Sunday Activity – Part 1

So, I’m making an effort to get the 8-shaft edition of the book completed.  I have measured and marked the lines for the 8 shafts on the action board.  To do that, I just lined up 8 copper elbows and put a mark on the board at the center point of each elbow.

Then I cannibalized both of my current 4-shaft looms to measure and mark the position of the 8 slider bars.

I’ll post more photos later.

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New PVC Loom Builders Group at Ravelry!

  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/pvc-loom-builders

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Finally: Building 4-Shaft and 8-Shaft PVC Looms

This took a lot longer to work out than I anticipated.  The problem in making the 4-shaft version into an 8-shaft loom is the length between the front and back beams.  There is plenty of room for the 4 shafts.  But if we simply add 4 more PVC harness frames, the last shaft, 8, would be way too close to the rear beam.  And that would make opening a shed very difficult, if not impossible.

SO!  I have been researching and researching how to make a thinner harness so that 8 shafts will fit in almost the same space as the 4 original shafts.  And I think I have done this.

We have to use 1/2″ wooden dowels for the harness frames.  And that posed another problem; how to join 4 wooden dowels to make a frame, yet keep the thickness of the frame only 1/2″.

I just came up with a very simple jig that anyone can build.  It will hold the upper and lower dowels in place and allow you to drill a hole through both dowels at the same time.  It will also keep the dowels clamped in place so you can turn the jig around and drill the holes in the other side while keeping the orientation of the holes exactly the same as the first pair.

I’ll post some preliminary photos this weekend of the jig and the harness frames I’m making.  This means that I’m very close to coming out with a new book; Building 4-Shaft and 8-Shaft PVC Looms.  The book will have instructions for both 4 and 8 shaft versions.  And there will also be a booklet that will just contain the instructions for adding the 8-shafts onto your 4-shaft PVC Loom for people who bought the original book.

Check back this weekend.

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Taking time out to knit a baby blanket

Greetings!

I finally finished this entrelac-style baby blanket.  I’m now a GrandUncle, if there is such a thing.  My oldest niece had a baby – Liam – last June.  Since the February before that I have been knitting and knitting to get this completed.  I was able to have it almost complete for Liam’s first birthday, which we celebrated last Saturday.

I say almost complete because there is some sewing yet to do.  The blanket needs a backing and a satin border.  I’ll need to have someone do that for me since sewing is not one of my “fiber arts”.

So, apologies to my PVC Loom fans.  I’ve been a little preoccupied with this project.  Now I can focus on the many requests I have received concerning wider looms and 8-shaft versions.  Here are some photos.  Hope you like it.

BTW, this beautiful pattern is from the Nikki, In Stitches blog.   Thanks, Nikki! 

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Our Grand Tradition of Weaving

One Hundred and Seventy Five years ago, on April 20th, 1837, Mr. Erastus B. Bigelow, of West Boylston, Massachusetts was awarded a patent for a “Power-Loom for weaving coach-lace and other similar fabrics”.  The number of the patent was 169.  It is also one of the earliest patents in America.

Power Carpet Loom

I thought this may be of interest to weaving fans to show how important weaving has been to our Nation from the very beginning.  Prior to “Power-Looms” such as this one, countless hand looms have been used to create the fabrics used in daily life.  Early settlers needed looms to make the everyday textiles we take for granted.  Like hand towels, blankets, dish cloths, sheets, and pillow cases.  The fabrics were not as fine or smooth as those created by power-looms, but they sufficed for daily chores.

Today, many of us love to weave as an expression of our creativity.  But understanding the history of looms and weaving can help to give us an appreciation for what life must have been like for our ancestors.  We weave for fun – they wove out of necessity.  They didn’t have a Target or a Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

One of the things I love about the PVC Loom is that it can bring us closer to the elements necessary to create a simple fabric.  We have worked not only the warp and weft, but the frame and shafts and mechanism itself that permits us to weave.

Weaving is fun!  (Pass it on!)  :)

BTW, here is a PDF document showing the entire patent:  US Patent 169

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