Inkle weaving pt 7


Last night I was zipping along after correcting several errors and it finally clicked. I had been having some weird errors that I couldn’t always figure out and I finally looked closely to find the problem. It is important to note that black is not the best color to use if it is the first time one is trying a new technique. I know this but it doesn’t stop me. The first dishcloth I knit was black, this band is black and yellow. I love the contrast those colors provide but the black does work at hiding the problems and their solutions. One of the most common mistakes I was making was to twist the black threads while picking up a yellow from the bottom layer. I am enjoying the thread but the band is thicker than I had planned. I am not sure how well these will work as suspenders on a little guy.

I had to modify the draft I found as I didn’t plan properly for the warp band colors. There were supposed to be nine pattern threads but I only used 7 because I put a yellow border to close. Final size of each band is 1.25 inches wide and 26 inches long.

All that is left is to find suspender hardware. I’m hoping to find some in Traverse City next week. If not, I have a few online sources to try.

Cricket

I swear I wasn’t intending to collect looms. I looked at the Cricket when I was looking at looms and decided it was too limited. I settled on the big sister to the Cricket and changed my mind yet again when a great deal fell in my lap for my 32″ Kromski Harp. I hadn’t planned on the inkle loom until I realized it could double as a small warping board as well. Last night a very good deal fell in my lap and I have a Cricket on its way to me. I’m hoping to keep smaller projects on it like dishcloths and little things like that. I’d also like to teach Boo to weave on it. He absolutely loves to sit on my lap with the big loom but it’s just too big for his little arms. If all goes well, he and I will start weaving on it on Tuesday.

Inkle weaving progress

I finally have pictures of the progress. Until today I didn’t feel like I had enough weaving to show.

The current finished band is about 27 inches long and I think I have enough yarn left to make a second one if I’m careful. I’m hoping to find suspender hardware in a child’s size and turn these into a pair of suspenders for Boo.

Inkle weaving pt 2

I had hoped to be finished with my first inkle project, instead I’ve been redesigning and hunting patterns. I didn’t fully understand how the weaving worked when I set my colors in my first project. I had intended to have 9 pattern threads because that’s what the chart called for. I put a border on each side of the 9 pattern threads that match the pattern threads so my pattern ran into the border and didn’t look right. After ripping out a few inches of pattern, I am back at square one trying to figure out how best to do fix it. Which really means designing the pattern to work on seven threads instead of nine. Stay tuned . . .

Fiber Friday

My keyboard has been silent for months as a result of purposeful choices. For the last 6 or 7 months, I’ve been making a concerted effort to craft more. I like have something to show for my free time. One of the many crafts occupying my time is weaving. In April I picked up a 32″ Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom.

My first project was a series of dishtowels turned dishcloths due to me not remembering to write down the proper length before beginning the project. You can see most of them wound on the front bar, closest to the couch. You can also see my wonderful assistant. He loves to throw the shuttles, which is more like a jab and shove.

My newest loom is an Ashford inkle designed to make narrow bands, think guitar straps, bag straps, bookmarks, and woven belts among many possibilities. Some make a series of bands and join them together to make larger projects. I also plan to use my inkle as a portable warping board for my rigid heddle. Even though my rigid heddle has a warping board on the back, I’d still like to use a separate one so that I can direct warp without the yarn stretched all over the kitchen.