Curtains – Finished & Hanging

I did it!  Huzzah! Nearly ten yards of fabric woven, sewn and hemmed, and hanging on my bedroom windows.  I haven’t ironed this much since I wore silk blouses to work in the 1990s. Ellie usually finds a way to sit on newly woven fabric.  I’m sure she thinks it is her right.  She was determined to get…

Loom Remodeling Job

Before we try out the trapeze, I would like to share some history of my old LeClerc Nilus II loom. As you know already, I bought the loom a year and a half ago. It is built of hardwood and very sturdy. Suitable for rug weaving. It was in usable shape, but had a few…

Warping Trapeze

Warping Trapeze

Several years ago, I bought an ancient 4-harness LeClerc Nilus floor loom and began to learn to weave cloth.  So far, I’m doing pretty well, if I do say so myself. Except … with … Warping … Every serious weaver knows a project which turns out well links directly to the quality of the warping…

Mary E. Black on Overshot

There are several “Must Have” books which beginning weavers, if they are serious about becoming good at the craft, will need to find.  “New Key to Weaving,” by Mary E. Black, is one of those books.  The first issue was published in 1949, followed by reprintings in the ‘40s, ‘50s and maybe even the ‘60s. …

Spring Project

“Spring has sprung,” the saying goes.  I don’t know if this is age related, or if it’s because my birthday is right around the corner (this is a serious milestone year I don’t even want to think about), but the older I get the less inclined I am to succumb to annual spring housecleaning impulses,…

A Self Challenge

When I showed my scarf at the February 2014 meeting of the Humboldt Handweavers and Spinners Guild, I swear I heard the words, “Make a bag out of it.”  Whether those words actually were spoken aloud or I simply heard them in my head, I cannot be sure. Much too prickly to wear wrapped around…

All For The Fun of Weaving

Having mastered Swedish lace, and being a huge fan of Mary Meigs Atwater and her teachings, I decided it was high time to study Atwater-Bronson lace. Well, it was truly a surprise when my research revealed Ms Atwater was simply the person who reintroduced an obscure, nearly forgotten lace.  No matter how vehemently she denied…

Steps To Weave an Inkle Band

Pick-up, Weave, Change, Beat, Tug . . . Anyone who has woven an inkle band knows this routine.  We chant an eternal mantra while we teach a particular warp-faced pattern to our fingers. 1- Pick-up warp to make the pattern; 2- Weave the row close to the fell, leaving a small loop of weft; 3-…