for MW

So, here’s what I was thinking as I constructed a 49 pins-per-side loom today: “Why don’t all the loommakers send me samples of their looms so I can promote them and extend their product’s usability?” (This is how I think while poking 192 holes and then placing 192 pins in a cardboard loom.) And then I realized, “Why should they? I’m plugging their products even though I don’t own any of them.”

(Apparently I need to clarify the above paragraph. It was meant as something of a joke. It’s probably selfish of me to wish my grunt work on others. I didn’t mean to solicit offers!)

Today’s ad features a 12″ x 12″ loom (what I’d call a bias loom) with 49-per-side equidistant pins.

12″ x 12″ loom — photo by Theresa Jewell. Used with permission.

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Be brave!* I’m not sure why or what triggered it, but evidently I was traumatized by the pick-up weaves class I took at Yarn Fest in 2015. As much as I wanted to practice what I’d learned, I could not make myself do it. So I took the back way in—practiced plain weaving. I used up two shuttles of already-wound yarn. This was good practice because I needed to work on my selvages and had never woven with “thin” yarn before. (I used a 10 DPI heddle. Previously had only worked with 7.5 DPI.)

Bottom right is the results of my class followed by two sections of plain weave with different thin-nesses of yarn. Two sections of experimentation follow.

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For the past week or so, I’ve been working with my rigid heddle looms (pin looms too, never fear). For a couple of years they’ve all been occupied with different projects that I couldn’t get myself to finish up.

Their time has come though. First to go was a project very near completion.

Rigid heddle project

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