Am I the only one here?

hi everyone, I feel like I'm tiptoeing around in an empty house! so to get the ball rolling................

I'm Caroline from Australia, and the proud owner of a stash of handspun that needs to be converted, to make room for more fleece etc. I learned to weave in the 80s, like everyone else, and longed for the day when I could be the proud owner of a 4 shaft floor loom. Once I had one, I no longer had the time/space, and finally the health to use it, so I rediscovered small looms and love what you can do with them!

Potholder looms were never an "in" craft here in Australia, but I do own a rather fragile plastic one, red so I can weave quicker <grin> so I generally make my own looms instead. There are some excellent small loom sites with pot-holder projects, and I'm sure that many of you have great photos of your own projects you can share with the rest of us!

As for me? I discovered yet another 5 Kgs of handspun the other night so I think I need several looms and even more sets of arms, hehe! Destashing here I come, ;-)!

Comments

Posted on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 06:42

Hi Caroline!

You're not the only one; come on in, let's get the tea kettle on, and plump down some comfy chairs for folks to sit down and cosy in with - I've posted a couple of potholders made, into my Projects, after reading Syne Mitchell's article here: http://weavezine.com/content/potholder-loom-basics-and-beyond  I pulled out the old, favored toy, and strung it up with some of my Harrisville Designs New England Shetland wool,  which is very fun for blending color studies.  They each felted and shrank on washing as one might expect, and are yet as charming; since I like a big hot mitt, I may sew a few felted squares together for actual use.  The colors are just plain cheerful.

Five kilos of handspun - your own handspun? What fun to plot and plan for.

 

Posted on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 01:34

hi Ru, I'm a big fan of Weavezine and Syne Mitchell. I'm also a big fan of Jana Trent's www.eloomanation.com/ after I saw her loom blooms in Spin-Off, and I just had to make some. I didn't have a potholder loom at the time, we can't get them over here, so I put pins into a square picture frame, started weaving, and making handspun blooms, and I was hooked on little looms.

I can see my stash making more than a few felted potholders, hehe!  Its ideal for my colour experiments with dye! I don't know how my little red loom would stand up to being used, so will have to substitute a stronger one of mine instead. Then once my stash is reduced, I have the perfect excuse to start spinning over again<grin>!

 

Posted on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 15:14

I have a confession to make.......I was on-line looking for a craft accessory that I can't get here here in Oz, and it just happened that the same vendor had METAL pot-holder looms, so I shall shortly be the proud owner of a Harrisville loom. I think it even comes with loopers, something else we can't get over here, so I shall have fun once its arrived! It looks nice and sturdy.

Its the same size too as one of my home made ones, and another little loom can be used as a 7 inch  tri, so I shall be well set-up to play - I can't call it work because I enjoy it, and its too much fun!

 

Posted on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 23:43

I just watched Noreen's how to videos on YouTube. I'm going to see what I can do with some small bits of handspun and my kids' old metal loom. I have 4 pregnant friends right now, so I'm thinking baby blankets might be the way to go!

Posted on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 01:01

My pot-holder loom arrived, a good sturdy loom from Harrisville. I promptly made up two potholders from the loopers that came with it, now I shall do some Googling. I'm trying NOT to spend more money on weaving books, but saw an Australian book on knitted animals from squares, does that count? Its a very short step to NC-F's books, but such a big temptation!

Posted on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 06:42

Hi Caroline!

You're not the only one; come on in, let's get the tea kettle on, and plump down some comfy chairs for folks to sit down and cosy in with - I've posted a couple of potholders made, into my Projects, after reading Syne Mitchell's article here: http://weavezine.com/content/potholder-loom-basics-and-beyond  I pulled out the old, favored toy, and strung it up with some of my Harrisville Designs New England Shetland wool,  which is very fun for blending color studies.  They each felted and shrank on washing as one might expect, and are yet as charming; since I like a big hot mitt, I may sew a few felted squares together for actual use.  The colors are just plain cheerful.

Five kilos of handspun - your own handspun? What fun to plot and plan for.

 

Posted on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 01:34

hi Ru, I'm a big fan of Weavezine and Syne Mitchell. I'm also a big fan of Jana Trent's www.eloomanation.com/ after I saw her loom blooms in Spin-Off, and I just had to make some. I didn't have a potholder loom at the time, we can't get them over here, so I put pins into a square picture frame, started weaving, and making handspun blooms, and I was hooked on little looms.

I can see my stash making more than a few felted potholders, hehe!  Its ideal for my colour experiments with dye! I don't know how my little red loom would stand up to being used, so will have to substitute a stronger one of mine instead. Then once my stash is reduced, I have the perfect excuse to start spinning over again<grin>!

 

Posted on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 15:14

I have a confession to make.......I was on-line looking for a craft accessory that I can't get here here in Oz, and it just happened that the same vendor had METAL pot-holder looms, so I shall shortly be the proud owner of a Harrisville loom. I think it even comes with loopers, something else we can't get over here, so I shall have fun once its arrived! It looks nice and sturdy.

Its the same size too as one of my home made ones, and another little loom can be used as a 7 inch  tri, so I shall be well set-up to play - I can't call it work because I enjoy it, and its too much fun!

 

Posted on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 23:43

I just watched Noreen's how to videos on YouTube. I'm going to see what I can do with some small bits of handspun and my kids' old metal loom. I have 4 pregnant friends right now, so I'm thinking baby blankets might be the way to go!

Posted on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 01:01

My pot-holder loom arrived, a good sturdy loom from Harrisville. I promptly made up two potholders from the loopers that came with it, now I shall do some Googling. I'm trying NOT to spend more money on weaving books, but saw an Australian book on knitted animals from squares, does that count? Its a very short step to NC-F's books, but such a big temptation!