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Your bands look excellent theresa. Keep going. :)
It is not quite the large explorations that you do on your floor loom, but fun none the less.
These are lovely!
I'm slowly building confidence to do more pick up in band weaving, seeing what you've done has me thinking....
Thumper70- inkle pick up is really fun and can be quite addictive, just another lovely fiber rabbit hole to fall down:-) It is not as hard as it seems although unweaving a bad pick can be a bit challenging.
I have been watching your braiding with a lot of interest. I broke out my braiding stand after years of neglect and am enjoying playing on it.
it is funny you mention "unpicking" I seem to recall that that is exactly what happened the last attempt I made, and I never wanted gin so much in my life!
I have, however, recently acquired a new band loom (Glimakra) which I love!!! I previously used a standard inkle loom - which worked, and is easy, BUT, I needed to be able to sit in more comfort than is possible using an Inkle loom. The Glimakra allows me to sit (even stand) wherever I want...
So, maybe it is time to try again....
What I'm looking for is ideas/inspiration for what to do with the lovely bands (and braids) I'm making. A search online gives lots of pics of people making bands, but very few pics of what they're doing with them once made.
This line of thought grew between reading Thumper70 post here and reentering the dialog about straps for bags. Bands can be used to create cloth and trims --like very exotic (and costly) trims purchased by the yard for many purposes including insertion within cloth (handwoven or not), encasing fabric edges in finishing work, and as warp and weft ala basketweaving. Home dec, bridal, and heirloom trims can be made on a band loom.
Thinking about yardage, short bands, wide bands and linkages between bands (incuding loops beyond bands) provides unlimited potential for bands to create fabric, with many examples from different crafts and different cultures. Wider bands become cloth with few seams. Quilting style design also provides a useful approach. Spiral woven shoe laces are plain fun to weave on a band loom.
Perhaps we can build a bandloom group once Weavolution moves to the new platform.
Oh boy, don't let Queezle see that you have a new Glimakra band loom! There is currently a thread on Warped Weavers on Ravelry discussing that exact loom. It seems that a few weavers picked them up at Convergence this year. That looks like a beautiful loom to use, but I have a lovely floor inkle that I an very happy with. With my Schacht inkle, I am able to sit in my recliner with my feet up and the loom in my lap, very comfortable for me. I use my little mini Good Wood inkle the same way. This is my floor inkle:
And this is the current pick up project, once I am done weaving and fulling it will be pieced together for a bag. I will do the strap or handle on a different warp.
That is another way to use bands, to piece them together to make a larger piece. I also inkle weave all of my shoe laces, I think if you look at my projects pages there is a picture.
I like Francine's ideas about ways to use the bands, especially decorative trim. You could thread it through to show, like weft or warp floats.
My very first weaving was an inkle band to hold my dulcimer on my lap. I loved the designs, the color, the simplicity, and how fast the iniches progressed. My selvedges were a mess, yet all my buddies at Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer web site coveted it.
There's a belt in a mail order catalog that would look great in my wardrobe, but not so great on my credit card.
Oh, darn. Now I really have to buy an inkle loom. I want to make bag straps, music straps, belts, hat bands, pet collars. My Halloweave project is to join pieces.
I just love weaving on my inkle looms (I am down to 3 that I use now). There are a lot of uses for woven bands: using them as accent, as straps, bookmarks, shoe laces just to mention a few. I usually have something on one of the inkles all the time. They are something that is easy to pick up and set aside and come back to it and just start weaving away.
You know those aluminum folding lawn chairs with the tacky nylon webbing? I've rescued a couple from trash heaps, and have them hidden away, thinking that I might be able to hand weave new bands. Probably way too much work, but I really love that sort of chair for camping.
***deep sigh*** oh thumper how I covet your band loom.