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I really like this canvas weaving and laces lessons. I still need to clean the edges up but it came out pretty good, I think.I did use 8/2 cotton rather than linen for the other color and was disappointed in the little bit off shrinkage along the side in the area I used it without alternating linen.
The first time I dressed a fool with linen it was not a good experience as the knots kept getting so loose before I could manage to get from one end to the other. I figure others also have dealt with this and so I wanted to share my little way of taking care of the slipping. I used the clips to hold the ties in place as I moved across and it worked great. I like the linen Jane sells better than some of the other brands as it seems to have a softer finish. Thanks!
You will love having the David. I bought a used one about 7 years ago and it had the old style beater and was not happy with the beater. I invested in the new beater and love it because it has the shuttle guide on it. It is a great little loom.
Would it be okay to use 8/2 cotton as my second instead of the gray linen? Thanks!February 14, 2021 at 11:23 am in reply to: What do you have on your loom? Share your FOs & WIPs #190007
JST has been a life saver to me these past few months as once my job was eliminated due to COVID I have been home and if it was not for having this wonderful hobby of weaving and having the lessons and learning so much from Jane I would be going bonkers. After giving all projects away for XMAS I thought I had better start making new projects for next year. The dent and cram lesson ended up with me trying to make use of the colors I already had in stock of 8/2 and some silks I had bought long ago along with some Noro yarn. I ventured in shadow weave and learned I had to really stay focused as I kept losing my place and I also had fun trying to explore how colors behaved together to create the shadow.
THANK YOU JANE and your team as I am sure there are many others out there home due to losing jobs or health or just being safe and distancing who are benefiting from your lessons during this time and staying busy.
Image 1 – All 8/2 and using for table runner.
Image 2 – 8/2 warp – silk mulberry for dented areas and 8/2 navy cram areas. Scarf.
Scarf 3 – 8/2 warp and mulberry silk yarn in cram and Noro in the dented spaces. Scarf.
8/2 shadow weave from Handwoven issue Sept/Oct 2017
Happy New Year to all.February 14, 2021 at 11:22 am in reply to: What do you have on your loom? Share your FOs & WIPs #190482
I am so grateful to have JST during this time. Laid off and home it is wonderful to have a hobby such as weaving to turn to and to have the guild as well. Watching the videos over and over again has been helpful. I am still trying to perfect my selvedges and keep watching what Jane does as she weaves to make them so clean BUT I am not there yet. After giving away all of my projects for presents I am on my next round of projects.
Shadow weave from Handwoven Sep 2017 issue. Had to really keep focused here to not mess up but good lesson in what colors work well for shadow weave.
Used silk mulberry weft with some Noro yarn I had bought years ago.
YAH! What a wonderful intro to 2021! I am in awe of all the different towels you show and cannot wait to try this next project. Waiting for my yarns to arrive and will get at it. THANKS!May 30, 2020 at 4:31 pm in reply to: What do you have on your loom? Share your FOs & WIPs #168101
Thanks, Ginette. It did separate out when I washed it. Not sure I understand the 2,1 as opposed to 1,2 comment.
February 12, 2020 at 6:02 pm in reply to: Tell us what you think about Season 2: Episode 3 – Colour.. Colour.. more Colour #154467
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Ran into this on searching stuff … great color combinations to explore.
I knew you had to be a science teacher after reading through your posts. You have done an amazing job of weaving and I only hope I can get as good as you are at it. I too was an AP Biology and APES and anatomy/physiology teacher for years and when I was starting to teach myself on the rigid heddle, in Googling for info, I noticed a lot of science folks were into weaving, especially physics teachers. The troubleshooting and problem-solving, of which I have had a lot, and the detail and engineering that goes into weaving are what we love, I suppose! Weave on! I love seeing all the projects you are making. I bought a 90 David 6 years ago and love it. Just ordered the beater bar to change out the original in hopes the racer will help with dives and also that the pull will offer a more concise beating. Jane is a rock star and has revived my confidence in getting back on the loom as I had stopped these past 2 years out of lack of guidance and frustration.January 27, 2020 at 9:54 pm in reply to: Thoughts on 2.6 – Dressing Your Loom Back to Front – Tying onto the Front Apron and Tensioning the Warp #157679
I am not understanding why my color and weave warp ties loosen right after I tie them on to the apron rod. I am doing exactly what you do – double tie and then go back and snug and final knot tie and they do not stay put. I am resorting to lashing them on tomorrow when I can find some string that is not stretchy and is smooth. This is the second warp of the color and weave I have done. The first one gave me trouble though I managed to weave one gamp and then things went downhill from there. I had to remove the warp and now have the second one on but this issue is making me crazy! All has gone really well with the second warp up until I tied the warp on and they just kept loosening. Lordy … what can I possibly be doing wrong?January 22, 2020 at 6:16 am in reply to: ‘It’s the Little Things’ Videos ~ weaving tips & tricks #152191
Jane, I would love to see you create a video where you put a warp on the loom that resulted in tension problems and how you deal with these issues as you continue to try and wind it on the loom. I have reviewed over and over again the video of back to the front video. The last 2 warps I dressed the loom with went on the back and in the raddle beautifully but then I still ended up with a lot of uneven threads. I even went to the spot in the chain where everything was stable and tried to even things out but it still continued to be a tension problem all the way through the winding. I was told never to do the licking and pulling thing on the yarn … you know what I mean … but what can ya do if indeed you do have this happen? Thanks for your amazing guidance!
Thanks, Debbie. I don’t see a way to reply to you directly. I appreciate your nice comments. I started dressing the loom last night on the color and weave and ended up with some real tension problems even though I had done such a good job of creating the warp. Jane makes it look so easy to just throw these things on the loom and I am like … I can do that easily … and then, NOT! So I go back and watch the videos over and over again to see that ONE little detail I missed that caused me such grief. But I will forge on and I am determined to get through these samples and get better. Best to ya!
So many gorgeous scarves everyone is making! I loved playing with the denting and had actually had a class in Atlanta when I first started learning how to weave on the floor loom. So, I jumped ahead while I waited for my yarn to come in for me to do the color and weave sample. Used what I had on hand to do the warp in 8/2 cotton. Not sure I like the 8/2 and will try other yarns later. The first sample from left to right – the yellow one is the last one I wove and it is with viscose linen and I really like how it came out. After making some mistakes in the weft by not keeping track of the last row I had woven on some of the others, I was more diligent and careful with this one. The second from the left was woven with 100% alpaca and I did not cut off between the rows and I did not like the wobbly selvedges – will take the time to cut – but it is a nice scarf. The third from the left was 8/2 cotton warp and weft and really came out quiet nice with the exceptions of a few doubled weft threads. PAY ATTENTION WOMAN!!! The far right was 50/50 alpaca wool and my least favorite as it is bulky and did not really show the separation of the yarns. So, this was an opportunity for me to use some yarn up and to explore how different yarns worked in this piece. Now back to sample 2! I do want to make some dented scarves with some of Jane’s yard selections.
From left to right – all with 8/2 cotton warp – 1) yellow – viscose/linen blend 2) black – alpaca 3) peacock – 8/2 cotton 4) black 50/50 alpaca/wool (larger yarn and did not space well for good denting)January 15, 2020 at 8:26 am in reply to: Season 2, Episode 2 – More on Division of Space & the Asymmetry Sample #150431
OK … so I quit weaving for the past 2 years because finding lesson support and time to go to lessons kept me from growing and developing confidence in weaving. I had taught myself how to weave on the rigid heddle and after a year progressed to purchasing a beautiful David from a nice lady in Tallahassee who needed to sell her loom. Spent a week at John C Campbell Folk School in NC on a colored warp weaving course (if you have not been there, you must go and spend some time in the mountains and with great folks!) and then came back home and tried a few things on the loom but found them cumbersome without some guidance. Had no idea Jane has started this guild! I have watched the lessons over and over again and they have helped me push myself to get back on the loom. Now, that said … this first sample has a couple of issues with the warp threads doubled up and the earlier towels on the loom had some skipped threads. As I kept watching Jane in her technique I made an effort to develop good muscle memory and practices and saw myself improving as I went along. So time, patience and practice will help me grow in my skills at the loom. It is such a peaceful and Zen thing to do and so much fun to see the color combinations and structures she has shared. Anyway, though these are not perfect I am so happy to be back on the loom! As an educator myself, I can say, Jane, you are a most gifted teacher!