Saturday, May 22, 2010

Luann's $3.50 Rectangle Loom

Luann's $3.50 Rectangle Loom - picture & text used by permission
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I wanted to share this picture I received from Hand Prepared Fibers on yahoogroups

Luann says: This is what I have been doing today. I made a loom. The nails are 1/4 inch a part and it measure 32 x 16 inches. Not sure how big the piece will be when I take it off but I am hoping putting them together will make a nice table runner or maybe place mats. Rae, thank you so much for helping me with the dimensions on it. It's going to come out just right without adding the 1 extra nail. Don't ask me why.

I got a window at a yard sale for $1 and took out the glass and them trimmed one side with a table saw to even the sides. My husband did that for me. Then I stained it with walnut and the clear stuff. I wasn't sure I could do it or not but it came out right to my surprise. That's a lot of nails but I used a 1/16th inch Dremel tool (drill) to get the nail started so the wood wouldn't split.

The nails were $2.50 and I used all of them. Had the other stuff like a little 1/16th inch drill, hammer, stain, and that clear stuff you spray on the stain. I did all the staining the other day. So today all I had to do was put in the nails.

They are 1 inch finishing or panel nails. They have little ridges on them. They are black and you get them in a package in the hardware store. They come in other sizes too so be sure to get the 1 inch. The stand is also a handmade loom. I got it and a 7 foot tri loom for $100 a few years ago. - Luann

Thank you Luann!

Rectangle loom weaving and triangle loom weaving are generally done as continuous yarn weaving. It's a straightforward weaving technique that is often done with one yarn rather than separate warp and weft yarns. You can take the woven triangles or rectangles and sew them together to make larger pieces like shawls or table runners. Or you can make a larger loom and do one bigger piece.

Note: Panel nails come in different colors. I have seen comments recommending the use of black and white nails alternately to help keep track of warping. I will probably do that when I make one of these looms.

You can find files on making and using triangle and rectangle looms on the TriLoom yahoogroup

You will have to join the above yahoogroups to see messages and files. To reduce spam, memberships have to be approved, but usually they are approved promptly. There is no charge to use those yahoogroups.

Or you can search for "triangle looms" and get a ton of hits.

Thank you again Luann for sharing that picture and info. $3.50 for a loom fits a lot of our budgets!

Have a good day!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Peruvian Cross Rep Variations

Peruvian Cross Rep braid variations. There is something wrong with this picture. The last red cross is not covered by white on the outside. The pattern is supposed to be created by pulling the red yarn through the white yarn. On the last switch, I goofed and pulled the white yarn through the red.

Here is the braid again. The left side is correct. I pulled the red through the white. The right side is pulled through the red. Which is incorrect for this pattern. But look below.

A mistake done on purpose becomes a design feature. The braid begins with white covering the dark.

In the middle area, white covers red on left and red covers white on right, forming a pattern where red and white stripes meander down the braid together.

Then I reversed the pattern and red covers white on the bottom section of the braid.

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Peruvian Rep Braid

Based on book by Alta Turner in "Fingerweaving: Indian Braiding",
this is the Peruvian Rep Braid, page 36.

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Set up on a dowel from left to right, 4 dark, 4 dark, 4 dark, 12 light.

Pull left side 4 dark through shed of 8 dark and 12 white. Let it sit to the right.

Pull next group from left side of 4 dark through 4 dark and 12 white. Notice how the dark weaves through the white in an "over-under" process. Leave the dark to the right.

Pull the last group on left through the white group, again it is woven through the white. Leave the dark to the right.

Now we start going to the other side, pull 4 dark from the right side, through 8 dark and through 12 white. Leave it lay on the left. See how the dark weaves through the white.

Pull the next group of 4 dark through 4 dark and 12 white, weaving through, leaving the dark laying to the left.

The next group of 4 dark is woven through the white, leave the dark laying to the left.

Starting back the other way.

Here is a shot of how I use my fingers to weave the strands and create the shed.

Here is the band forming with the river pattern. Please note that the dark yarn is always going through as weft. The light yarns are always woven over the top as warp.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Peruvian Cross Rep Braid

Peruvian Cross Rep Braid based on Alta Turner in "Fingerweaving: Indian Braiding" page 38
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Set up 4 dark, 8 light, 4 dark

Take left dark 4 and weave through left white 4, let left dark 4 wait left of center.

Weave the right dark 4 through right light 4 and through left dark 4 to make the first cross in the middle. In this setup, the darks will be woven through the light except in the middle cross.

After snugging up the tension I'm ready for the next level.

Left dark is woven through the left light.

The dark right is woven through right light.

Right light is woven through left light.

Snug it up and you can see how the light yarn forms the pattern.

Once again left dark through left light, right dark through right light then through left dark cross.

Left dark woven through left light, right dark woven through right light, right light woven through center forms cross. Repeat until happy.

The light yarn can be thought of as the covering yarn, it usually goes over the dark yarn except in the middle cross where it covers itself.

The dark yarn is the covered yarn, usually covered by light yarn except in the middle cross where it covers itself.

Have a good day!