This is a loom that my dad made for me in 1969. I just reacquired it. Beside it is the book Dad used to build the loom. On the side of the loom, he woodburned, "Janine, From her Dad, 12-25-69".
In the book there was this slip of paper in my childish handwriting. You know, I really don't remember being 8 and asking for a loom. And then it was in storage all these years. So to see in my handwriting that I asked for a loom and my Dad made it happen....well, that is just so special!
Jonathan and Johanna blessed me by cleaning the whole thing. It looks beautiful now!
This was the first way that I tried to measure my warp since I don't have a warping board.
It failed. The uprights were moving since there wasn't enough of a lip on the counter to secure them to.
Matt is fixing the heddles. The string had stretched out over time. Plus the frames had to be tightened and leveled.
It worked to measure the warp here!
I've taken the warp off of the uprights and have sticks holding the cross. Now I have no idea which way to set up this loom. I've seen several different ways in books and videos. Gotta figure this out!
Here I am holding the yarn cross to keep them ready to thread through the loom.
Matt worked all evening helping me set up the loom! He really deserves a medal!!
Only partly done. Do you see Matt's smiling face on the other side of the heddles?! I'm surprised he kept smiling since it was such a big job. lol
Yay!! It is set up!!
Isn't it gorgeous?! (Can you tell I'm excited?)
Pretty bows holding it on.
I'm amazed with all the problems we had that the tension looks so good!
The first few weaves are waste. So I just grabbed some string and wove it through. It looks really cool! Tomorrow, I'll start with some colors!!!!
This is really fun! I'm just making up a pattern as I go along.
closeup of the pick up area. I read about this technique and decided to try it. Love it!
Ooops. Made a mistake. Have to tear out some in order to follow my pattern.
I needed more shuttles, so my wonderful hubby made three more for me. Plus he made the pick up stick. He's so good to me!
I still have lots of warp on the loom, but I want to switch to a new project. I read about this hemstitching in a book, so I'm trying it. It still seems that when I cut the warp it would still unravel.
Went fabric shopping today. These fabrics are cotton canvas. Right now I am picturing the woven fabric as the main part of the handbag with the blue fabric on the sides and as accent. The fun butterfly fabric is for the inside lining.
These yarns and fabric are for the next project with the remaining warp. The yarn is much chunkier and the fabric I am thinking to cut in strips and weave it in too. Should be a fun experiment.
Here is what the new yarn and strips of fabric look like woven. I love it!
I just finished off the first cloth that I have ever made on the loom!!! I still need to cut the two pieces apart and finish them off. Then I can make handbags! ...I think. lol