Monday, June 15, 2015

Weaving Frenzy

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of being really, frantically excited about weaving. It all started when my husband, who truly never fails to surprise me, walked into the house with a colorful little coaster he had just made on the Zoom Loom. Although I know that he can knit and make things, he tends to be more focused on other activities like hunting, so I was delighted to see this colorful little yarn creation. Within the evening he had made a set of these fulled (lightly felted) coasters.
The yarn is a unique handpaint in Nature Spun Fingering

The coaster after fulling by hand with a dish scrubber

Then, my 25th birthday happened--I now possess a beautiful Wolf Pup LT, the 4-shaft, 18" wide, foldable floor loom from Schacht. Andrew and I took a quick road trip up to Boulder and saw the impressive facility where Schacht looms and spinning wheels are made.

Andrew quickly warped up a Cricket loom that we had in the mill, then helped me figure out how to warp my Wolf Pup along with help from Peggy Jo. I decided to try a simple plaid in some of my favorite Nature Spun colors.
I can already tell that weaving will be very satisfying for a math nerd such as myself

Andrew's and my finished pieces

My first woven piece. Although the edges have room for improvement, I am happy with how it turned out.

This weekend, my mom came up to visit and pick up her birthday gift, also a Wolf Pup LT. It's clear that weaving is an addiction we will both share. We were basically entranced by the process of warping her loom in a Log Cabin pattern using Cotton Fleece.
Can you believe this is her first ever weaving project?! I should give some credit to Elizabeth Wagner's YouTube videos for helping us out.

Log Cabin close-up. The idea comes from Simple Woven Scarves by Jane Patrick and Stephanie Flynn Sokolov.

It's true that the only thing weaving and knitting have in common is the use of yarn. I think weaving appeals to my husband, and guys in general, more than knitting because of its mechanical nature. There is certainly a learning curve to weaving but I'm feeling plenty of enthusiasm to hurdle it.

1 comment:

  1. I bought some brown sheep wool in La Grange Texas it is CW100 cotton ball80% cotton 20% merino wool the dye lot says 0153 im short maybe a ounce it is a very light ice green