Sunday, April 09, 2006

Not Quite Table Runner, Not Quite Placemat Thing

My first official floor loom project is finished! What is it? I call it The Not Quite Table Runner, Not Quite Placemat Thing. I love it. So humor me as I rehash my trials and tribulations as a novice weaver. I also don't know a lot of the terminology yet and continually embarrass myself calling things "thingy's" and "jiggamabob's" but hopefully you can follow me. Non-weavers may want to look at the pictures and skip ahead to the bit at the end about knitting. (No offense or anything, but it's a lot of technical mumbo jumbo and even weavers will be bored)

It took me awhile, as expected, to thread the heddles. It was easier to do the left side then it was to do the right side. I stuck to Terry's (my teacher) claw method as my brain stopped holding information when I was shown an alternative method. I thought I was doing fine sleying the reed, but my order got messed up here and there. For the most part it was 1,1,1,2 but I found a section that was 2, 2 but I figured it was no biggy. *gulp* As I started weaving I could see my sleying order, which made me nervous because I thought I had done something wrong, but mistakes are beautiful, right?

Well, then I must have tied the warp incorrectly, because as I began to wind it around the cloth beam, the knots started sliding. (I tried Darby's rabbit ear knot thing, but again, I think I was missing a step). Perhaps I should have stuck with what I knew, which was the surgeons knot, at any rate...I went back and retied the knots as best I could but my tension was off. I was still very pleased that my weaving didn't end up too wonky. I was able to wind it on the cloth beam evenly, despite the tension being loose.

I forgot to put 2 floating selvedges on each end and only put one on each end. Atleast I put floating selvedges and gave myself a pat on the back for that one and moved on. Figured out my treadle order (march right left, right, left) and put my plain weave treadles on the outside. Not sure if that's how it should be done but it worked for me. Lesson learned, tie up extra treadle ties, otherwise they catch on the treadle hooks and lift unwanted shafts. Otherwise a pretty, but not planned design will be produced. It was exciting to finally get the hang of throwing the shuttle, boat shuttles rock! (Such a newbie, I know)

When I was done, I just cut the warp. I didn't want to untie the knots in the front because I wanted them as reference for next time I wind on a warp. Originally I thought I was going to hem the edges, but the cloth was thick and loose so I figured I would just do an overcast stitch on the edges. Well that's nearly impossible off the loom so I pulled out my sewing machine and did a tight zig zag stitch on the plain weave section and called it a day.

Washed it, ironed it, and yay! Here it is, The Not Quite Table Runner, Not Quite Placemat Thing. I'm very happy.

I've been showing a lot of yarn and very few projects lately, so I won't bore you with another picture of another skein of yarn. All I will say is that I've joined this:



Blogger Areli said...

Your weaving looks great!

As soon as I saw the toggles, I knew you were making a Sunrise Circle Jacket. What a great pattern.

1:23 PM  
Blogger HPNY Knits said...

it looks cool, and ready for bigger stuff!
check out this KnittingGeek:

7:12 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Great job!! Makes me want to get a loom even more...

10:59 AM  
Blogger k is for krista said...

You are doing great! That looks far as the knit picks self striping socks go, keep in mind that the stripes are about an inch thick, not the skinny stripes that you see on other striping sock yarns. Hope that helps you pick your project!

10:35 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

congrats on your first project! even with all the little quirks, it seems like you managed fairly well. preparing a warp (or is it weft?) is no easy thing! i recently received a floor loom from a friend, but i haven't even taken it out of the box yet. i don't have enough time already! i don't need any more temptations!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Mintyfresh said...

Your tension on the piece looks fabulous, so even with the knot problems it seems to have worked out ok. Lessons learned for the future! I took a weaving class in middle school, in which we used very small looms that could only produce belts, but I loved, loved, loved the class and now you've got me wanting a loom!

Welcome to the Sunrise Circle Jacket knitalong! I enjoyed knitting it--the jacket went really fast for me.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Nice job on your weaving! It looks great!

11:12 PM  

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