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I thought it would be fun to share a weaving project. Plus, it should help me to stick with it. I'm really good at starting projects (all crafts), but not so hot at finishing! LOL I have an entire set of placemats and napkins that I never hemmed - need to do that one of these days.

Anyway, I just got this kitchen towel kit in the mail today (I love www.halcyonyarn.com).

It makes 8 kitchen towels. Hopefully tonight I'll have a chance to start measuring the warp.

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Amazing - I love woven stuff, I just don't know if I have the patience (and I know I don't have a loom!)

I'm so glad you are here for the sake of variety. Those kitchen towels look awesome. Smile

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My grand MIL used to have several looms and wove gifts for relatives. When DH and I were married (in 1968) she mapped out a scheme for a pattern using our two names. Really handsome result, and oh so touching!

In highschool my math teacher used complex equations to determine her weaving patterns and she wore suits from fabric she made. They were amazing!

I'd go nuts setting up the looms with cats and kids around though.

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I love the kitche towel pattern! I"m a big fan of bright colors. And I agree, its great to have a variety of progress threads to look at! Since I started my progress thread, I've been so much more motivated to finish things up than I ever have been. I hope it works out for you that way too and you get to share pics with us! Biggrin

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wow...I don't think I would have the patience for that but it looks amazing

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I'm very much a beginner weaver. LOL I took a quarter of weaving in college ('93) and then took a class at a local yarn shop in 2000. That's when I bought my loom. There is so much I don't know. In fact I was reading the directions on the towel kit and its talking about a step that I have no idea what it means! LOL It will be a fun learning process. One day I'd love to be able to create my own patterns.

We had to put our sweet kitty to sleep last fall. Before that, I always had to make sure my loom was covered with a sheet to keep her out of it.

Well, last night was really productive. :roll: All I did was read through the instructions and then try looking up some things I didn't understand (and couldn't find the answers in my books). I'm really hoping to start measuring the warp tonight (measuring out the yarn that goes onto the loom).

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It's wonderful having all the answers here on the net...the videos have been wonderful for me when I see "twisted knit stitch" stuff and think WTH??

Those are very cute!! I love bright colours too. Can't wait to see the progress pics!

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Wow, I am so envious! I would love to have the room or the time for a loom. Once you get your warp set, I'd love to see pictures of your loom!

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Hi Laura!!
I was so going to post and see if there are any weavers in the group.
My loom is out in the garage. I took 2 different week long classes (all day and night) last year and just loved it. I rented a loom between the 2 classes (about a month apart), then got a loom shortly thereafter. I highly recommend taking a class, if you can find a guild near you join that- they have usually monthly meetings and are great support.

If you need help let me know, maybe I can help- or at least help you find out Smile

on my laptop, I have photos from classes. I'll have to take pictures of the projects I've done- I love the weaving. I can't wait to get my loom working and get another warp on (to me that's the most work, the rest of it is fun).

Have you bought any weaving books? I have a whole collection, and can recommend some if you want to pick up one or a couple- or more to have as learning books, or reference books. Smile

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oh Bonita - you are a Godsend!!! Its been too long since I've taken a class or done any serious weaving. I find I've forgotten so much. Once the kids are older, I am going to look into what's available here.

Here's my question about my current project. I've never done much with floating selvedges. The instructions for this kit say:

Thread the selvedge ends as in the following diagram, left selvedge diagram |...|..|...|..|...|..|..| and reverse for the right selvedge.

I've never seen a selvedge diagram and can't find anything about it in any book I have. I would be so grateful if you know what this means! Biggrin

Yes, Michelle, I've taken pics. LOL I only spent a little time on it yesterday, but here is the yarn:

Measuring the yarn on the warping board:

And here are some pics of a baby blanket I made last summer:


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Laura cool! Yes, I did work with floating selvages on a couple of projects. They seemed tricky at first, but were actually really easy. I used washers for the weight at the ends to help them anchored down.

I'll ping my husband about where my books are- I think he put them out in the barn. I'll try to catch him tomorrow before he heads out of town for the weekend.

Have you done any double weave? That was pretty tricky, but fun. You end up working a double thickness of fabric, so you get twice the width. You can't see the bottom half until you take it off the loom so you have to be really careful with the treadling as to not mess up your pattern. I made a piece into a tube that way and am going to finish it off as a tote bag.

Is that a cotton thread you're working with? Not sure if it actually makes a difference in this case, except that cotton is less forgiving than wool, but is usually used for towels.

sending you a PM about the rest.

Smile Bonita

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the yarn for the towels is Cottolin 22/2 (60% cotton, 40% linen).

I never have yet attempted double weave. The class I took in college focused more on weaving for art (but not tapestry weaving), so I've made a few pieces that way. They were mainly playing with texture (which I love), but I have 1 that I want to cut into smaller pieces and mount on a painted canvas. The 2nd class I took focused more on weaving fabric. Since then, I've made several scarves, baby blankets, placemats/napkins.

I've been obsessed with collecting patterns for kitchen towels, but this is my first attempt. I also have yarn that I want to try some rep weave with (I love the look of that). Double weave is definitely on my list of things to try. Biggrin Oh how I would love to have endless hours to weave and take classes!!! LOL

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Wow. That's really neat, Laura!!

I love the colors. And I cannot wait to see your finished product (no pressure!) LOL.

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Laura, I wrote two really nice messages last night, then my computer hung up. The Davison book is one of the books I have. It's got a lime green type color cover. The whole book is nothing but 4 harness weaving patterns. It's not instruction at all, just patterns. The one I have is out of stock at Amazon, and she's written other books as well. If you are getting in the same one, you'll be very happy with it.

I'm trying to find the link to the association - Handweaver's guild I think it's called. When I find it, I'll post that too. Smile this is fun Wink

One thing one of my instructors suggested, was to find patterns that use the same sleying. Just warp on extra long warp length, and then just try new patterns. Making towels or placemats is perfect because you don't have to weave them very long before you see the pattern. Like sample swatches, but you end up with towels you can use. Then all you have to do is change the tie-ups and your treadling, and you can enjoy different weaves.

One really useful thing I made was a color gamp. I'll post a picture of it if I can find my data storage chip so I can upload the image. It's something I'll use for a long time. Great for designing colors for projects. We made it as part of our class, but I would love to do it again on a wider loom, or using double weave to make a full-size blanket out of it. It was really pretty.

Oh dh said the books are in a "box somewhere". It's too hard to take Nicholas out there and look, because there's so much he can get into that he can hurt himself on, so I'll have to take a run out when I drop him off at school- probably on Wednesday.

Oh- the patterns they are like leaflets- I think it's part of the membership when you join the weaver's group. I'll look some more. I also like Handwoven magazine. I need to get a subscription, I've just bought individual issues- you get 5 a year. I just looked on the web site, and they have some free patterns listed, neat I'm going to bookmark these too. http://www.interweave.com/weave/
be sure to take a look at the .pdf files for the three web patterns. I'd like to try the scarf pattern- if not as the scarf as shown, then as placemants.
Here's some more 2-4 shaft projects - I like the placemat and towel projects http://www.interweave.com/weave/projects_articles/2-4shafts_projects.asp
and links to other free patterns they have on the website.

and I saw a bunch of the books on there that I have- I like the weaver's companion so much that I bought that one, and also the knitting one.

I have the Debra Chandler Learning to Weave book- there was another instruction book I wanted to get, but it's out of print and hard to find. If I find the name I'll let you know.

Also, this is an excellent one to own for beginners: Mastering Weave Structures by Sharon Aldeman

I think I have the overshot book, if not, I want to get it. This was a lot of fun- I did a sample on this - Weaving Overshot by Donna Lee Sullivan and I even designed my own overshot pattern and plaid pattern in the 2nd class I took.

edited to add: I found the link to the national association and their magazine. http://www.weavespindye.org/c/?loc=1-60-00 if you join the HA (handweavers guild of America) you get the magazine, Shuttle spindle, and Dyepot as part of your membership fee.

I am still looking into the leaflets- I found something titled "handwoven". I'm not sure if this is it or something else though.

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okay and I finally found what I was really looking for. It's called Weaver's Craft. I have some of the back issues. I'm going to subscribe myself to this one. They have projects. Each issue focuses on a different .."topic, explaining concepts, discussing options, and illustrating processes step by step. It’s like having a teacher at your elbow guiding you with the information you need to learn and grow"

It's really nice because there are no ads, it's just articles and patterns.

You can find back issues on line or at weave shops- I think Webs carries all the back issues.

I'm going to subscribe to this. I figured if I didn't find it before I went to bed, I'd be tossing thinking about it all night. http://www.weaverscraft.com/

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woohoo!!! finished measuring the warp tonight! Biggrin Next step is putting it on the loom which will take awhile.

Bonita - thanks for the great links. I might have to start some new subscriptions. Wink I already get Handwoven. I ordered the Davison book (should arrive soon). Otherwise, I already have Learning to Weave, Mastering Weave Structures, Rep Weave and Beyond, and Weaver's Study Course: Sourcebook for Ideas and Techniques by Else Regensteiner.

I also ordered a color gamp kit when I ordered the towel kit, but its on back order. Interesting idea of doing the gamp in double weave. I was considering doing it in 2 sections and stitching it together for a blanket.

The other thing I ordered was the Yarn Shop in a Box form Halcyon. I really know nothing about different types of yarns and one day would like to break away from just doing kits. What I like about this is that not only does it have all the yarn samples, but on each sample card, gives you suggestions on how to weave or knit with each yarn. I have done a few things on my own, but I tend to make things too stiff. So, its kits for now while I have limited time. Once the kids are in elementary school, I'll have more time to start experiementing.

Thanks again for the links - I'll be checking them out!!!

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Next step is putting it on the loom which will take awhile.

Isn't that the truth? I don't mind measuring the warp. I love the weaving, but I just wish there was a quicker way to- I forget the "offical" term- but I think it's called dressing the loom.

I kwym about getting the kids into elem. school. Nicholas starts kinder this year- I'm so excited, I'll finally have time to get my house organized, cleaned, start scrapbooking again, weaving, exercise.. LOL I won't be bored that's for sure.

You have some great books. Have you checked out to see if there's any guilds in your area? They usually have monthly meetings, sometimes with guest lectures, usually show-n-tell/or share, annual shows, they'll have info on local conferences too. I wanted to go to the No Ca one this month to go look at other people's stuff, but wasn't able to get a sitter- maybe next year. oh you know- someone told me if you order your yarn through your local guild, you can get wholesale cost on the cones Smile

I'd go for the double weave on the gamp- there's no seam and you can say- look what I did.. but you can tell where the middle is, I think it might go away when you wash it a bit. I just did the basic tabby on mine. I saw the instructor's samples. He'd done tabby on one and a tweed-type pattern- darn can't remember the name on the 2nd. You could see the colors better on the tabby, and so that's what I chose. The patterned one really took away from the effect of- what color you get when you mix "A" and "b" or "b"and "c". I haven't washed any of my pieces yet. If it's the wool, it's more forgiving, so I think you'll notice the middle line a little less, but I think it's still less noticeable than having a seam in it. Try a sample piece first-of the double weave- a purse/tote is the project I did. You could even add on a little bit to another project and do some there. I couldn't figure it all out until I did my first piece and then took it off the loom at looked at it. It's easy to mess up on the 2nd half- since you can't see it unless you get on the floor and look up at the fabric.

I'd bought a whole bunch of yarns -bulk discount. I haven't gotten kits yet, but they're a great idea for if I run out of what I have planned. When I took my classes at HD, they sell by the ounce, so I figured out how much I needed for some projects I had in mind, and then just spooled it off and didn't need to buy a whole cone of the colors I needed. That worked nice. I tried some silk in one class project, chenille in another, and bouclee in a different project. That was another thing I liked about the class (also good with the kits) is that I could try out different fibers and see what I liked before I spent a lot of money getting cones of yarn I might not care for.

ttyl- this is getting me all inspired! yeah!

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I just took out the samplers I made in both classes I took (like the one in Learning To Weave - 1-2 inches of each pattern). I actually did do some double weave! Of course I don't remember it at all. ROFL

When I lived in San Jose, I did go to a convention. Didn't take any classes, but walked the floor. That's where I bought my first kits - Cotton Clouds chenille scarves. I took classes at the Rug & Yarn Hut in Campbell.

The gamp kit I ordered is in 3/2 pear cotton and makes a 36"x48" blanket OR 6 placemats, runner, and 18" sampler. What sucks is that my loom only has a 32" weaving width. I long for the day that I can get a nice big floor loom!!! Of course before that happens, we need to buy a bigger house with a room for me to set up as a studio. Dreams are nice, huh? LOL

I need to find a local guild. I've always felt too intimidated since I'm such a beginner, but I should give it a try. I do have to say, though, for living in the pacific NW (most people think hippy-ville), there's very little offered for weaving. I'm probably not looking in the right places, but I had no trouble finding weaving shops in CA. So far, most of what I've found is on the other end of the state.