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I haven't posted anything in awhile, so here are some of my favorite finished pieces from this year.
Is cotton suitable for making scarves?
I've made scarves from bamboo and have used cotton for other projects (towels, runners, etc.), but never cotton for scarves. And I can't decide whether it would work or whether it would feel like having a dish towel around your neck.
I have 8/2 cotton and 8/16 cotton and could use either, but only if it makes sense!
Finally started my first project on my 8 shaft although I’m only using 4 shafts atm. I went through a couple of pattern attempts before I settled on one and I really like it! It’s gonna make a lovely shawl. Ignore the few errors lol I hope to have this done by spring!
Does anyone have any suggestions for a complete newbie?
Edit: Thank you for all of the advice! I will look for an in-person class and look on youtube, etc.
This yarn wraps 12wpi/6 sett, which would be sleyed 0-1 on my 12 dent reed. Wanting it a little tighter I sleyed 0-1-1, but it still looks incredibly loose. It's 100% cotton, will it get better wet finished?
Working on a random mix of stitches and yarns from cotton to acrylic with some hand dyed ones in between! It’s a macomber 50” floor loom.
I am doing an un-plied yarn for a fringe on this scarf. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to keep the strands relatively tangle free during use? Is there some kind of conditioner I can put on it after wet finishing? Any suggestions would be helpful! I am giving this as a gift this Friday.
My husband has a 4-shaft table loom with STRING heddles. He's new to weaving. I want to get him a pattern book but everything I find is for 4-shaft RIGID heddles. Is there really a difference?
Is Harrisville Shetland just meant to be a rough, rustic yarn that wouldn’t be a good scarf against the skin? Or is there (fingers crossed, I’m hoping..!) some magical finishing process I haven’t discovered that will make it soft?
Are you bored? Are you fed up with just scarves?
What do you WANT to do on an R/H? It can be projects that you feel are too intimidating to start too. Share your thoughts
I was planning on making tea towels using this pattern https://www.gistyarn.com/.../beginner-cotton-towels...
BUT I realised once I started weaving i was using the wrong sized yarn - I am using cottlolin 8/2 by Ashford and the pattern asks for 3/2
I am realizing now I should have doubled my threads in the slots/holes ( I should have sampled )
Is there anything I can do to rectify this situation other than cutting it off and starting again
Would that just create a tighter weave? Rigid heddle loom.
I am pretty sure I’m going to run out of room on a 46 inch reed (currently threading heddles) and I think I am going to be oneish inch longer that my reed can handle at this point. I think I have several options, but I am almost entirely self taught so I think it know the drawbacks but am hoping for advice. This warp is four yard of logcabin in 2/20 silk, which is crazy expensive so I’d rather lose as little as possible. My reed is 12 dpi.These are the options I thought of:
Male as wide as possible and try to salvage the side inch. 😞
Mix the extra in and have a bit of different epi for compensate. This is a piece for yardage so I could hem of the wonky part . Also annoying because of Waste.
Is there something I am not thinking of? What problems with my solutions will arrive? 3. f it and pretend this isn’t a problem until it is. 🤣
I bought Fiberworks to design and plan my weaving projects but I want to try double weave and want to design it before starting to prep the warp and loom. Fiberworks for Mac doesn’t support double weave. What software does support double weave properly? Not interested in double width but really double thickness window weaving à la Jennifer Moore.
I love yarn crafting. I crochet and I have several knitting machines, and it’s time I annoy my husband with more yarn crafting tools. I’m very interested in getting into weaving, especially to use up a lot of my leftover yarn. I’ve watched several weaving tutorials, and I think I’m ready to make the move. My question is which loom to buy. I’m looking at the rigid heddles. But brand, size? I want something that I can grow with and will be able to find accessories. I also don’t want to limit myself to small projects, but don’t foresee making anything huge. What would you recommend? Thank you in advance.
I'm not a very experienced weaver. I have a rigid heddle loom which I've woven on a number of times, used a floor loom for about half an hour, and am in the process of setting up my third-hand table loom for the first time.
I don't have a lot of space so setting up my loom is always an issue and I end up having a lot of tension problems which makes the whole weaving thing not very enjoyable.
This last warp I ended up not using a warping peg or board, and instead measured my warp out and then tied each double strand to the back beam, sleyed it through the (rigid) heddle/reed, wrapped the warp through the front, over and around the front beam and then under the loom back to me. I wound the warp a bit, tugged on each end to gently tension it, and then wound a little more. Tugging on each end definitely took time, but I don't think I've ever had such a well tensioned warp.
It didn't take up any more space than my loom already was, and I didn't need any help. I'm going to attempt a similar method with my table loom.
What uncommon/unique practices do you employ in weaving?
I have a sweet Brio miniature loom. As soon as I opened it, the plastic heddle disintegrated. Does anybody have a recommendation for a replacement? I have Crickets and floor looms, but want this little dude to feel productive. Thanks for any ideas!
For those who weave with very fine yarns (like 120 epi), where do you get your reeds? Here is a photo that I took in Cambodia at a silk Handweaver’s cooperative. https://imgur.com/gallery/oKvPA87
Hand spun dyed wool. I wove this from a painting I did of myself. It's approximately 24 by 32 inches.