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jenadina's picture

Adam's scarf

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Weaving
Project Date: 
Thu, 10/08/2009
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Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
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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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Loom
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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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Finishing
Project Date: 
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

 

bolivian warmi's picture

Beginner backstrap project

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Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Sun, 09/20/2009
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Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
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This is a nice beginner project for the backstrap loom. I wove this with a 13w.p.i mercerized cotton yarn and it was lovely to be able to turn out a project in such a short time after having worked with finer cotton and pick up patterns for so long.

The warp arrangement for the ''comb'' pattern was set up as I wound the warps which meant that I only had to make the continuous string heddles, insert a shed rod and I was set to go.

The bag is pictured above with the loom parts and tools required to make it. You can read more about the backstrap loom and how easy it is to put one 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 visit and maybe subscribe. :-)

Laverne

 

 

 

bolivian warmi's picture

Weaves of South America

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Weaving
Project Date: 
Sat, 09/19/2009
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Just finished the 3rd sash in this set. I am making a series of 7 sashes to represent all the techniques I have learned here in South America from coastal Peru and Ecuador across to the Amazon Basin. I was asked recently by a cultural center here in Santa Cruz if I would like to exhibit some of my weavings and found that I had nothing to show-all my wall hangings have been given away.

I finished the ''rolling river'' sash yesterday. I started it at the end of May-first with a width sample which got made into a photo album cover beacuse it didn't turn out right............

and then something called ''Weavolution'' started up in June and..........................!! I wanted to try all the amazing things that I was seeing.

Now to start the 4th one!.

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

bookmark prizes

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Finished
Project Date: 
Sun, 09/13/2009
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These are the prizes for the little guessing game that I offered recently here.

Words and colors were chosen by the bookmark competition winner.

They were woven on my backstrap loom in double weave and decorated with small Andean motifs.

bolivian warmi's picture

Guarani snake skin and stars

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Project Date: 
Sun, 09/13/2009
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This is a Guarani design from the area in which I live in lowland Bolivia. It is done in pebble weave and I made this as a wall hanging for an old skiing friend.

I learned this technique in Huancayo, Peru. The Guarani people use this technique to make bags and hammocks and weave with a heavy commercially spun cotton yarn. A photo of a Guarani woman warping for a hammock can be seen above.The stars and the snake skin are the most frequently used designs.

 

I NOW HAVE A BLOG ON BACKSTRAP WEAVING!

backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/

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

Laverne