Playing and experimenting with balanced weaves on my backstrap loom, I made a black and white pinwheel piece without a rigid heddle and then this red and white one with the aid of the rigid heddle to help with maintaining warp spacing. Both pieces were successful but using the rigid heddle was more relaxing (not having to be constantly checking those rogue warps that want to squirm over into warp face) despite having to cut and thread the ends.
Woven with 12 wpi merc cotton and the 7.5dpi heddle.
Using the simple warp float patterning, that you can learn with the Backstrap Weaving Group's second beginner tutorial, I made a placemat and two matching mug rugs on my backstrap loom. The knot design on the placemat is adpated from a design I saw here at Weavolution's project page on a card woven band and fell in love with. I tried to reproduce a segment of the design on the mug rugs in double weave.
I would love to see those who have been following the tutorial in the Backstrap Group also using the technique for wider pieces rather than just bands. and I hope this project inspires you!
I posted to my blog today about weaving wider pieces on the backstrap loom with pictures of some other placemats that I have made using this patterning technique. I hope you will visit my blog and check it out. :-)
I made a new backstrap loom today. I found and sanded all the wood with 220 grit sandpaper, oiled it all with funature oil (some kind of lemon oil) .
I wanted a backstrap, but braiding all the ends of the fringes seemed too "fiddlly" to me. looking at pictures online, I noticed that some of the backstraps used in the orient seemed to have a stick with a center rope to attach to the beams rather than a cord run through a set of loops.
I found some 'paint rod extenders' with screw tips at a store called "big lots" that sells odd lots and close out merchandise. They looked perfect for narrow backstrap warps. I had a 1" dimeter dowel standing in the corner, slightly warped from standing on end. I cut the 48" down to two 22" lengths and drilled 1/4" holes 1/2" from each end. I drilled holes in all my wood peices 1/2" from the end so I could easliy tie things down if I wanted too. It took me about 2 hours to do the sanding/hole drilling.
I set up the 2 small 6" dowel pieces by attaching a tie to the center. Then I tied scrap yarn to the ends of the 6" dowel and taped the yarn down to the table so that the dowel peices were 24" apart, but could flop up and down. I taped the center of my rope down to the table and proceded to tie the warps to the dowel peices with larks head knots or half hitches as if I were attaching heddles. When I was done putting the warps in; I took the free ends and wove them back to the middle with plain weave. I finished by crossing the ends and hidding them in the weave.
The macrame yarn that I used I found at a yard sale.It is about 3 ends per inch or about 1/4" diameter. It is streachy and scratchy to handle. 100 feet of cotton clothes line could also be used.
it took me about 3 hours to do the fingerweaving. (3 disks of my book on tape) I did set up string heddles to make changeing sheds eaiser as I wove from the ends to the middle. For the last few picks, I just shoved the knot inbetween the wefts.
Overall the efective width on the long beam is 20" and the short beams is 11"
These were made as an attempt to find a small useful project using medium to heavy weight yarn as a second or third project for students of this double weave technique.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.............
I do hope that you will be a frequent visitor and perhaps leave me a comment. :-)
See you there!