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jeannine's picture

warpfloats

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Finished
Project Date: 
Fri, 08/14/2009 - Wed, 11/25/2009
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2
bolivian warmi's picture

Central Asian motif runner

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Finished
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2
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27.00 in
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Virag went to a reenactment event and sent me photo of Central Asian rugs and jajims that were on display. I chose the motif above right and added my own embellishment and wove it with a supplementary weft on this plain weave piece to make a table runner on my backstrap loom. 

I NOW HAVE A BLOG ON BACKSTRAP WEAVING!

I hope you will vist me there................

backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/ 

I do hope you will visit and maybe leave a comment. :-)

Laverne

bolivian warmi's picture

4-color pebble weave sample

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Finished
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Loom
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2
Finished Length: 
22.00 in
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3.00 in
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I have been talking with Kristina who is weaving this design with cards-100 cards! and we were talking about the floats on the reverse. I wove this design some years ago on my Navajo loom and made it into a lined shoulder bag so I could not show her how the floats look on the reverse and then I remebered that I had made this sash on my backstrap loom as a sample before attempting the wider piece for the bag.

I had to rummage through an old box to find this and I found, at the same time, a few other long forgotten things including a card weaving I made about 14 years ago and all kinds of tiny samples-what fun!

I chose very bright colours for this short sash (22''x3'') and then ''earthy'' colors for the bag.

I HAVE A NEW BLOG ON BACKSTRAP WEAVING!!

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backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/

I do hope that you will subscribe and maybe leave me a comment :-)

Laverne

 

bolivian warmi's picture

twill on the backstrap loom

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Finished
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Loom
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15.00 in
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This is all Weavolution's fault! I had never thought about trying something like this on my backstrap loom-or on any loom for that  matter-but a couple of people were talking about twills in the Backstrap Weaving Group and all of a sudden we had a mini weave-along going. I made the sheds using 3 sets of continuous heddles and a shed stick. Also a discussion about floating selvedges in the Weaving forum alerted me to the fact that I would have to do something in that regard. I am not sure I did it right, by the way.

I had to unweave and restart twice as it was too tight and stiff-I am so used to beating away at my warp-faced pieces.

I think I will sew this up into a cell phone pouch for someone-I don't have a cell phone-or a couple of tiny purses with interesting buttons and braided straps.

jenadina's picture

Adam's scarf

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Weaving
Project Date: 
Thu, 10/08/2009
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Type:
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
Sett: 
24.00 Ends/cm
Length on Loom: 
15.00 ft
Width on Loom: 
9.00 in
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What the heck was I THINKING warping 5 yards for a backstrap loom?? Now I can't weave in my bedroom. I'm gonna have to find somewhere else to tie up :(

10/11/09: Currently picking up the threads I need for my "shafts" and storing them on dowels.

10/12/09: Realized that, since I had some warp chains longer than others and had to tie on, I'm now going to have to turn my loom around or I won't be able to roll up the finished cloth over the knots. *sigh* 

11/18/09: I got my rigid heddle loom and transferred my project to it instead. I threaded 2 threads per hole/slot.

bolivian warmi's picture

Beginner backstrap projects

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Finished
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Loom
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2
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This is a strip that I wove as a sample for the backstrap beginner weave along to show how the proposal for stripes and horizontal bars looks when woven with a finer yarn than that used in the instructional photos. It was also a good example of the difficulty of figuring out the width of a new project and the importance of weaving samples. This got wider after the first 2cm and then settled into a consistent width.

Nevertheless I have been able to make some little purses from the piece. These are the purses that I take with me when I go visit weaving communities here in Bolivia. I take them as gifts for the weavers or swap them for spindle whorls which I like to collect. The women love to keep their loose change in them and tuck them away inside their blouses.I have added braided cords so that the ladies can hang them around their necks as they like to.

I HAVE A NEW BLOG ON BACKSTRAP WEAVING!!

I hope that you will visit me here.............

backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/

I do hope that you will be a frequent visitor and perhaps leave me a comment. :-)

See you there!

Laverne

bolivian warmi's picture

backstrap finnweave something?

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I finished the finnweave band last week and have woven a piece of plain weave on which to place the band. I had originally planned a small bag or two from this piece of beige fabric but now I am thinking maybe a table runner. I need to stand and look at it a bit more before I make the decision and go chopping it up!

bolivian warmi's picture

Backstrap woven finnweave

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Finishing
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This a technique that I have been dying to weave for a long time-ever since I got some old textile fragments in Peru. With the help of Adele Cahlander's instructions in ''Double Woven Treasures of Old Peru''  and charts and close ups of finnweave examples in articles and magazines which helpful Weavolution people have led me to, I have finally got a project underway. This motif is in the aforementioned book and now I would like weave a wider piece and try to reproduce the designs on the fragments that I have.

I really love this technique and this is the first time I have attempted a balanced weave on my backstrap loom.

EDIT....Sep 30th-it's off the loom. Now to weave a plain warp- faced piece of fabric for a bag. I'm going to sew this band onto the bag-the band is not double faced-the design is not as complete on the back as you can see so there is no loss if I sew it onto something. The cool thing is you can stop weaving the lower layer when you get to the end and just continue weaving the upper layer for a few centimeters. That way you have a nice tab at the end to fold over and hem.

I NOW HAVE A BLOG ON BACKSTRAP WEAVING!

backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/

I hope you will visit and maybe subsribe. :-)

Laverne

 

bolivian warmi's picture

Beginner backstrap bands

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The best way to get started in backstrap weaving is to weave bands, bands and more bands to practice opening the sheds and getting nice straight edges. Using a medium weight smooth yarn is a good way to start, then gradually moving on to experiment with finer ones.

Now......what to do with all those bands?

Make straps for bags-when you are more experienced you can weave up the body of the bag. Bands can be used for the sides of the bag. Make straps for guitars-yours, your friends'. Cut a band into several key fobs. Medium weight yarn makes a good belt. Bands made with finer yarns can be later sewn onto a strip of webbing like these.......

      

And the best part........the backstrap loom rolls up with your warp and goes away or goes with you when you travel.

More about backstrap weaving and how to put a loom together in my article on WeaveZine..................

www.weavezine.com/content/backstrap-basics

I NOW HAVE A BLOG ON BACKSTRAP WEAVING!

backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/

I hope you will viist and maybe subscribe. :-)

 

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bolivian warmi's picture

Backstrap WAL band

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Tue, 09/22/2009
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We are reviving the beginner backstrap WAL with 3 simple proposals using different combinations of vertical strpes and horizontal bars PLUS ONE NEW OPTION-a warp float pattern on a background of horizontal bars.

We will be learning to weave a triangle and diagonals on a narrow band and then exploring the different ways that simple triangles and diagonals can be put together to make more intricate designs. Two triangles joined base to base make a diamond. Add some diagonals and you get this...............

The blue and green design project is an adaptation of Mapuche designs-these are woven by the Mapuche people in a supplementary warp technique and I have adapted them to this warp float method. You can see that the design is basically made up of triangles and diagonals.

The red design at the top of the page is an  Ecuadorian design-again...many triangles put together.

I NOW HAVE A BLOG ON BACKSTRAP WEAVING!

backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/

I hope you will visit and maybe subscribe. :-)

Laverne