We had a grand Christmas morning what with the snow outside and the presents inside. We were all properly spoiled. In a wonderful illustration of my modern and antiquated tastes, Santa brought me a both new iPhone and a loom!
Yes, a loom. And I am very excited about it.
I did some test-weaving with scrap yarn to figure out the setup, then dove in with a kit for making chenille towels. Here, as documented with my iPhone's camera, are my skills thus far:
|First, I set the warp, which took a very long time.|
|This warping peg hold the strands in place during setup and shows the patter I created.|
|Because I'm going to weave 5 towels in sequence, I had to string 15 feet-long warp threads.|
Thank goodness for access to a long living room!
|Next I had to thread the holes in the heddle.|
|Rachel snapped this filtered picture of me mid-threading.|
|Then I tied off the ends of the warp to the cloth apron bar.|
|And then the weaving starts! I did a few waste rows with the mercantile cotton |
I used for the warp, then switched to the chenille.
|And here's what I had after a few hours - about one towel length.|
I'm game for helpers, though. Andy took a break from his gaming to try his hand at a few rows, and even Jack has helped me push the shuttle through the "tunnel."
Yup. I'm a weaver now. Just one more skill to chalk up for my post-apocalyptic usefulness.