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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

simple patterns on the rigid heddle

As much as I loved using the pickup sticks for the float scarf, I think I like how mindless weaving is on the rigid heddle more right now. I set up the Flip with another longlongskinnyskinny scarf, direct warping just like usual but triplethreading random holes in the heddle (3 strands instead of one) for a slight textured effect.

A Verb for Keeping Warm alpaca/silk in Magic Bean

Another view of the overthreaded warp...


I like it so much, but am a little tired of taking pics of myself (even tho jen is rite and i should just get a proper tripod and be done with it :)) so there you go. I should try a little harder-- it is AMAZING how much length and just scarf I was able to get out of one alpaca/silk hank (4.5oz/422 yd). Even had a little golfball leftover!


It was fun (and mindless!) to add the little texture... the next time I try it, I'll also double or triple the weft threads at odd intervals, catching them on the ends and it'll look like a boxy, random plaid. (Textures and Patterns for the Rigid Heddle Loom has details on this.)

Another cheatsheet way for patterning is to use color-- I showed this miniblankie before but am chuffed to show off the satin blanket binding I sewed on it so here it is again, done-done and ready for giving.


Yay sewing!

I used 2 balls each of a lighter and darker blue, directwarped the loom with one peg pass of each color then alternated all the way across the length of the loom (so, one slot + one hole with one color then new color the same... it's terrible but I have no grasp on weaving terminology ;)). Then, the same with the weft in one up + one down shed in one color, then switch.


My sister and I both had satin lined baby blankets from when we were born-- hers was blue and I'm hoping she remembers when she sees this. I still sleep with mine :)

If you're thinking about weaving and you're in the bay area, Kathleen is teaching both a rigid heddle 101 class (where use of the schacht cricket loom is included!) and a textures for the RH class at the Verb for Keeping Warm Workshop this month. Bone up and get something entered into Schacht's anniversary contest! :)


Alison said...

Beautiful blanket!

Barbara said...

I love the scarf. Really nice work!

Peg in South Carolina said...

If you are not careful you are going to have to change the title of your blog! I love your weaving.

adrienne said...

I love the scarf! It looks great!

mary said...

you have one fabulous model there. He looks very adorable! Little boys with curly hair are just so cute.

Mei said...

Am definitely in awe of you and those projects...fantastic!!!! Especially the scarves! *bows*

Carrie said...

I learn SO MUCH from your blog! I've been thinking about getting a rigid heddle loom (would be a first loom for me) and I'm nearly tipped over the edge now! Thanks ;)

Gnat said...

Ok...I just want to say again! I love your blog and this inspires me more to get my hands on a loom!! It's beautiful!!

Debbie, Brookfarm Alpacas said...

By chance, do you have extra stash of the AVFKW Magic Bean alpaca/silk? I have one skein and need another 1-2 skeins for a project I'd like to start right away.

Hope to hear back from you soon.
Debbie Emery

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