Tuesday, July 7, 2009

More inkle weaving

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Yup, the cats are walking on the keyboard again. Either that, or those are Dark and Light threads in the inkle pattern I made up and wove last night. I'm betting on the second, since the cats have gotten themselves banished from my studio for trying play in the wool roving. While I'm trying to spin it. Bad kitties!

This pattern gives a checker board result. I used dark blue cotton crochet thread for the Dark, and a very pale variegated pastel cotton for the Light. I think the lighter thread was originally intended for cutesy baby stuff, but I like it better this way.

I actually remembered to take pictures this time. Now you can see how pushing down or up on the threads creates a 'shed', or an opening for the weaving shuttle to go through.










The finished band is just around two yards long, which is as long as I can do on my little loom. I'm starting to think that I need one of the bigger inkle floor looms. Wouldn't this one be lovely? http://www.thomas-creationsllc.com/index_files/Page1418.htm *sigh* One of these days. I need to sell a few more things in the Etsy shop before I can look at new equipment, though. So until that point, I'll just be making bands in two yard chunks.

I am pleased with how this pattern turned out. What do you think?

10 comments:

  1. The pattern is lovely. I love this type of strap for handbags.

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  2. Thank you!

    I use one for my camera. My daughter uses one she made for her backpack. And I have a couple that I use as belts. Very versatile. :)

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  3. Your blog is so dangerous. I am seriously considering an inkle loom.

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    1. just make your own that's what i did was cheap to make

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  4. Fiddlin'Trucker, they are portable...easy to use...you can finish a band in half a day...you can start and stop when the little one needs your attention...the bands can be used for all sorts of lovely useful things...

    Oh. I've been called an instigator on occasion. :)

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  5. Melissa, I couldn't agree more. I am a die-hard inkle weaver who has been thoroughly entertained by the inkle loom for over 3 decades... Many practical uses. Good to find another inkle weaver on the web. I'll have to find you on Etsy. Someone just did an Etsy Treasury called: I have an inkling.

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  6. Oh wow. I just peeked at your blog, SpinnerWeaver. Wow. Love your work! I hope you don't mind, I went ahead and 'followed' you, so I can be inspired by your updates.

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  7. Thank you, Michael! It was actually less complicated to warp up than it looks like it ought to be, since it was only two colors. I could just switch back and forth between the cones of yarn when I needed to, rather than cutting and tying on a new color every thread or so.

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  8. Hi Melissa. I just started learning to weave and I was looking for a checkerboard pattern and came across your site. Nice work! How do you switch between two cones of yarn, instead of cutting and tying? Also, how would you re-do this pattern if you wanted to make it, say, half an inch wide?

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