Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Finally Warped, Two Years Later...

I have a lovely used LeClerc table loom, purchased through usedvictoria.com about two years ago.  The woman I bought it from had never really touched it - told me the previous owner set it up for her, and started her with a couple of inches of weaving.

For the last two years, that is how the loom sat in my attic/craft room.  Periodically I would go up there and throw the shuttle back & forth a few times; my son would take a couple of tries; I'd read the "Learning to Weave" book and try a couple of things. I took the practice warp off, but couldn't figure out a way to put one back on without a warping board.

This past spring, I sent photos of various warpboard "how-to's" to my brother, and voila, had a warping board...it just took me 3+ months to actually use it... but that's not as bad as the fact it has taken me two years to warp my own loom!!


I'm following the book's instructions to do a sample piece, so I'm using sock yarn, hoping I can get a washable placemat for the lil guy to use at school.

Instructions called for 2 colours of 60 ends each, so I managed to use the warp board twice in one day!!!

I didn't have a sley hook for sleying the reed, but instead used a plastic stitch marker from my knitting kit it took me a good couple of hours to do this with 120 threads into teeny tiny spaces (Note to self: need to buy a sley hook)


Threading the heddle was just as tiresome (120 threads through moving targets) & I could not get comfortable (Note to self: bring kitchen stool upstairs next time!)

After a few inches of weaving, I'm thinking using this practice piece as a lunch placemat might embarrass the 7yr old, maybe it'll be a timeout or blackmail mat instead...
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