I have finished setting up my craft room. All my fibre making tools, crochet hooks, looms, and assorted yarns are in place and all boxes are labelled. I have one crochet project finished, a Tunisian afghan and a regular crochet afghan in progress. So it was time to learn about my new loom.
Up first was to figure out how to use my Ashford loom as a warping board. As well, I had to figure out the best way to make it easy to use and put away again. I officially have no more room for looms, well, at least not in the closet 🙂 The pegs are fairly short so even though I can wrap 4 metres on it I’ll only get about 130ish 8/2 cotton warp threads. Which will translate into about four or five warp chains to make it 70cm wide . That’s okay I can break up winding up a warp over a few nights.
Next was figuring out how to dress a Louet loom and how to work with my short lease sticks (I’ll make some longer ones before I do this again). The built in raddle is neat and makes packing the warp quite slick. Plus unlike what I saw in Kelly Casanova’s class, I don’t need a raddle cross as the raddle is threaded with the threading cross in a different position. That whole process alone took me three hours to figure out..
Threading the heddles was where all the action was. I think I rethreaded parts and the whole thing about five times – sometimes even after I’d started to weave. It was a great learning exercise for me. I learned that I need to train my eyes to check the threading better.
Up next, actually weaving this sample twill and getting into the habit of finishing my things. I have about four tea towels that need hemming. For now, I’ll put short fringes on all the finished samples and any towels I weave instead of sewing the edges. 🙂