Long time no see


It’s hard to believe it’s June already.  Since I last posted, we made a trip to small town to see the daughters and grandkids.  There’s a state park there that has an old pioneer village in it.  In the summer months, there will be people dressed for the period and doing some of the tasks.   I grew up next to the state park and went many times, and the ones I remember most are the blacksmith and the woman who wove on a loom. Since it was nice, we all went to the park and walked around the village.  While the woman wasn’t there weaving, the loom was.  It’s basically a 2 shaft barn loom and I didn’t think to take a picture of it.  What I didn’t remember seeing before, and what I did take a picture of, was the warping board.  I would say this was a 6 foot square.

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When I first got the itch to want to weave, I thought it would help me use up all that knitting yarn stash that I accumulated.  That is NOT what happened AT ALL!  I bought weaving yarns and the knitting yarns never got used.  It seems rigid heddle looms are much better suited for knitting yarns.  That was my justification for buying one anyway.  That, and I can’t seem to leave someone’s sale without buying something.   So yeah, bought a used 24 inch Ashford Rigid Heddle loom.  I warped it with a yarn I had bought from JoAnn’s years ago.  Lesson 1, just because it’s an 8 dent heddle does not mean that you can use a worsted to bulky weight yarn, especially when that yarn turns out to be fuzzy.  I threw the whole thing in the trash before ever attempting to weave it.  I then took some sportweight yarn that I had left from a baby blanket.  I didn’t measure, I didn’t calculate, I just warped.

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And I ran out of warp yarn.  I don’t mind really, the main thing was to get a feel for the loom.  I’m using what’s left of the fuzzy yarn for the weft. I don’t know if rigid heddle weaving is for me.  I thought the 24″ would be a good size (like I wouldn’t have bought it anyway had it been a different size) but I think it may be too wide.  Part of the problem is that I don’t have anything to rest the back end against while sitting on the couch.  I haven’t given up yet. I’ll finish this one, and wind another one the full width to see how that goes.

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