Inkle weaving pt 3

I have made a bit more progress today. I was able to complete Boo’s first name with a diamond at the start and end. Now I’m doing his name again facing the other direction. I don’t quite understand why the letters aren’t the same other than I’m doing something incorrectly. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out soon or nothing will match.

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 . . .

Inkle weaving

I present my inkle loom and first WIP. I’m planning on weaving Boo’s first name and a random design at the star and end. If I have enough, I may do a second one.

sideview of inkle loom

string heddles and weaving area on inkle

backside of loom

back of loom

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.