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Ok, I'm ready to give this a try.  I need some help though.  I don't have a draft for use with a rigid heddle although I might be able to either dig one up or develop one myself.

If anyone can lend a hand, I'll keep the ball rolling.  Just give me a shove down the hill with some ideas for pattern and design.

I have lots of wool to use up and may even try using a variegated yarn as one of the two yarns.

Claudia, needing a new RH project and loving log cabin.

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Go to this webpage at

Go to this webpage at Schacht

http://www.schachtspindle.com/Newsletters/Newsletter2005Spring.htm

Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a project for Log Cabin runner on a rigid heddle.

It even has an "eye-slot" warping chart to get you started.

I bookmarked this page knowing I would need it one day!

Have a good day!

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Could you do this same

Could you do this same pattern using a heavier yarn...say 5-7 epi? Or would the "loginess" get lost in translation?

DJ

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No, it'll work fine with a

No, it'll work fine with a heavier warp.  I am just using 10 because it's the only heddle I have.  I'm sure a heavier yarn would work fine.  I know it does, I did a log cabin pattern on my Baby wolf with heavier yarn and it looked great.

Go for it.  The important part is alternating the two colors.

Claudia

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Thanks Franco, that's a great

Thanks Franco, that's a great find. 

I also found it in the Davenport book.  I couldn't remember which book I had seen it in.  It's in the first book on page 42.  I'll do some more reading tonight and we'll plan to start up next week. 

So, we'll start the Log Cabin WAL on Wednesday, Nov 4 unless people need longer to clear their looms.  Just let me know. 

Perhaps we should wait until Franco finishes so if someone wants to do both projects, they won't have to choose.  Please let me know.

Claudia

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If you want to hold off until

If you want to hold off until Friday Nov 6, I should be done with most of the weaving and I could join you with the whole weekend to work on it.

Have a good day!

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Great!  Consider it

Great!  Consider it done.

We'll start on Friday, November 8. 

Claudia

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Ooooh! How could you! (

Ooooh! How could you! ( wailing and gnashing of teeth! and much hand-wringing!)

I am supposed to be spinning for a craft fair early in December, and you keep posting all these fun weaving things to do! There is only so much multi-tasking a poor girl can do!

But if you hold off, as Franco suggests, I might have a loom free..................

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I am new to WAL-ing and have

I am new to WAL-ing and have a couple questions. Will we all use the same log cabin design?  And will it be posted here with all project details? Will we do a runner or scarf or whatever we want using log cabing threading.  I want to do Franco's project too.  I am thinking this is a good way to make a couple of my holiday gifts, and learn to use a rigid heddle loom.

Maggie

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Hi Maggie, WALs can be run

Hi Maggie,

WALs can be run any number of ways.  What we have done here, mostly, is all weave approximately the same weave structure and use the yarn of choice for the project of our own choosing.  Some might want to do a scarf, others a table runner or napkins.  The goal, from my perspective, is to learn how to create the weave structure, log cabin in this case, and understand how it was created on your loom.

I am planning on starting on Friday, November 6 (wrong date earlier) and I will supply as much as I can about how to thread the heddle and weave the project to achieve log cabin pattern.  I will give the draft and explain a bit about how to read it, although Franco has found me an easy draft that explains itself. 

I am waiting to start so you and others will have time to finish Franco's project which starts tomorrow. 

Hope that helps.  Hope you'll join us.  The more the merrier.  WALs are meant to be a shared experience and an opportunity for group learning where we all pitch in with our own knowledge of each topic.  I am not an expert, by any stretch of the imagination.  I'm just here for the fun and because I love this job.

Claudia

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Boy I understand that

Boy I understand that feeling, Caroline.  I'm just finishing up these towels and have some knitting that I promised to get done, supposedly before Christmas.    Thank you Claudia for the lovely compliment on my weaving abilities, but I'm really such a novice.  I think you'll do a better job of teaching the Log Cabin pattern and I can't be on the computer as much as I would want either.  They really expect me to work at this job......go figure!  However, when I am able to be on the computer, I would love to help anyone out.  I want to join Franco's scarf WAL, but I'm not sure I'll have the time to put to that WAL.  I'd finish it next Spring.  I'll be watching from the sidelines and cheer everyone on, and help if I can.

Weave Happy,

Peggy in Utah

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Hi Peggy, Thank you for

Hi Peggy,

Thank you for offering to help.  I will do my best.  Laverne, Laura and Franco have set the bar very high for WALs.

Fortunately, I am expected to be working on Weavolution every day so I have the good fortune to be here almost every day. 

Claudia

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We are set to begin on

We are set to begin on Friday, November 6.  I will not go through the warping process unless I hear from people that they would like to see the warp wound on a warping board, tied before taking it off the board and then, using the cross, thread the loom, beam it onto the back beam using paper between layers and threading through the holes, tying onto the front apron rod and spreading the warp.  I usually do a 6-12 inch sample with yarns I have never woven with and I leave enough warp for this and a 2-stick heading a la Peggy Osterkamp, my idol.

Please let me know if you would like pictures of these steps.  I will do that this week if I have at least 2 people wanting to see the process.

Claudia

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Yes please, I am interested!

Yes please, I am interested! direct warping lets me get very lazy, and I do use a board as well, but its always good to see how others do it;  there is always something you can learn.

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Hi Caroline, I think I will

Hi Caroline,

I think I will take a page from Laverne's book, as it were, and post the warping in a separate topic.  I'll get started this weekend and see if I can get it up quickly.  Luckily, I am winding a fairly narrow warp with a thick yarn : )

Claudia

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Hi Caroline, I have finished

Hi Caroline,

I have finished all the pictures for warping and must have been brain dead because I wound a warp for a regular scarf not the log cabin.  But, since I have all the photos I will post it anyway and I am headed to the basement to wind the log cabin pattern warp now. I'll weave the scarf while Franco's groups works on their project.  It'll give me time to get set up for the log cabin project. 

I will post warping on a warping board in a separate topic and stick it to the top if possible.  I think some people may find it helpful or hysterical.

Claudia

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Thank you! I think this is an

Thank you! I think this is an area where we can all learn from each other.

I have to improvise every time I do a warp because I have no suitable table to clamp warping posts to - the last time I used an enormous wooden tray and I can mange a 5 metre warp on that at a push, so I'm always looking for ways to get an extra bit of length.

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Hi Caroline, A warping board

Hi Caroline,

A warping board is pretty easy to make and can hang on a door, we all have at least one of those : )

Since you belong to DIY looms and tools, try posting a question there about making your own warping board.  It'll make winding longer warps much, mush easier.  You can start with an old picture frame from the 2nd hand store, we call them Goodwill around here.  and then find a way  to add the pegs.

I'm not very handy but have a terrific local hardware store where they help me with everything.  You could probably put one together with PVC pipes or something similar.

Aren't you the one who made an Archie Brennan copper loom yourself?

Claudia

 

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I actually have a board, its

I actually have a board, its 2 lengths of 6 x 4 with pegs in them ( 5 in one and 6 in the other) so I can clamp it each side of a table and do a long warp. The problem is the table: it has a curly shaped edge that does not take a clamp, so I have to get quite inventive how I warp up. The wooden tray, which is 60 cms down its long side, allows me to make a warp up to about 5 metres, which starts getting really awkward, but it would be nice to manage a longer one if I could clamp the the boards further apart. Its just how things are at the moment. I'm probably in the market for a new table, hehe!

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I'd like to see the

I'd like to see the process

DJ

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This sounds perfect! I just

This sounds perfect! I just finished my second-ever project on my new Harp, and my plan was to do a log-cabin next. I'm in!

 

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 i'm in on this one! i've

 i'm in on this one!

i've been eyeing the log cabin directions and have thinking it would be a wonderful scarf!

now my only dilemma is do i do this one or the other scarf i've been dreaming up in my head first! or if i can do them both?!?

this seems like fun!

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Kiandra, Why not use the

Kiandra,

Why not use the weaving calculator and put enough warp on the loom for 2 scarves.  It saves yarn because you only have to do one sample and the loom waste is only calculated once.  Remember to include extra inches for the spacing (usually about 1-2"0 between projects.

Claudia

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 urgh! i didn't think of

 urgh! i didn't think of that!! i put on my warp yesterday (took all day...i did a double 10dent heddle).

i did a direct warp for the first time and it ended up much smaller than i wanted so this shouldn't take me long to finish...*fingers crossed*

it literally took me working across all day yesterday to get it wound, warp and threaded...but thankfully i was able to start weaving last night!

 

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No need to worry.  You don't

No need to worry.  You don't have to start the WAL at the same time we do.  Finish your scarf and then join the log cabin fun!  We'll be here when you are ready.  That's the beauty of being online.

Happy weaving!

Claudia

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 looks like i'll be joining

 looks like i'll be joining in sooner than i expected...

i warped the two heddles...figured i'd do a lot of sampling and its turning out awful...since its a fairly short warp (45") i'm thinking i'm going to take what few inches i have sampled off...and just scrap the rest...

i don't think trying to learn two things at once was a good idea...the double heddles are double trouble (lol)...i think i'm going to stick with one heddle...and try experimenting with color, patterns, and pick up sticks for a while...then try the double heddles.

the first pattern on my list is log cabin...so i'm going to get started drawing up my pattern, and maybe warping today...i'll try and charge my camera and take pictures of the process in case anyone needs help along...

i'm excited!

so is anyone else going to stretch out beyond a standard log cabin...designing anything a bit more fancy?

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Weaving a basic log cabin

Weaving a basic log cabin design will be challenge enough for me. I am new to RH weaving. I have only made a scarf for the stripe scarf WAL this week on this loom. 

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I love that scarf, it's so

I love that scarf, it's so pretty.  I can see it just as it is in alpaca. That would make it soft and allow it to drape beautifully. 

I've been thinking about the warp and wonder if I'm thinking correctly.  I see that as a white warp with the vertical stripes as black warp.  Alternating colors on the shuttles and weft being the most important thing.  Or it's white in the holes and black in the slots and then for the stripe it's black in the holes and white in the slots.  Wish I had time to warp this up and try it myself.

I have 2 1/2 inches of ribbing on the back for the promised sweater.  Dang it, I hate to miss out on all the fun.  Let me know if I am thinking correctly.  I would love to use this draft at a later time.

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Hi, I'd like to joint the WAL

Hi,

I'd like to joint the WAL and have some starting quesitons....

I purchased several skeins of Berroco glace this summer.  It's a rayon ribbon type yarn.  Wrapped flat, I get 9 wpi or a sett of 4.5.  I'm picturing a drapy scarf with a log cabin pattern to be determined.

- Is the assumption of weaving this pretty flat - and therefore a sett of 4.5 a reasonable?  Or, should I assume it will be difficult to weave it flat, and therefore the sett actually higher?  (I have 10 and 8 dent heddles readily available and could thread every-other, etc.)

- I'd like to figure out how to 'direct warp' this from two colors and would like suggestions as to how to do this.

 

Steve

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I'm in, I'll be warping up as

I'm in, I'll be warping up as soon as I finish my washcloths on frame loom.

Have a good day!

Franco Rios

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I warped my loom for the RH

I warped my loom for the RH Log Cabin WAL today. I am using the info from the Schacht's site that Franco suggested for the runner. My scarf is less repeats of the pattern. I warped for 7" scarf.  It was extremely easy to follow the threading chart.

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Hey Maggie, That's great,

Hey Maggie,

That's great, then you don't have to read through the lengthy directions I just posted.  I think I got a little carried away but who knows, someone may find it helpful.  I enjoyed researching and writing it.  I hate doing things last minute but it's been a busy Weavolution week.  We have several new advertisers and lots of other behind-the-scenes things happening. 

Claudia

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I will try to clear my loom

I will try to clear my loom by Friday!  I took a quick look at Franco's link and am such a newbie that I didn't grasp the warping instructions...HOWEVER, I will pull out my Davenport and try to figure it out today.  Thanks to all for participating on Weavolution, your input keeps me motivated and inspired.

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I always use direct warping -

I always use direct warping - does this project need to be done using the warping board?

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I always use direct warping -

I always use direct warping - does this project need to be done using the warping board?

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