Backstrap Basics

I made a backstrap from the Backstrap Basics article...

There's more info on my project page if anyone is interested :)


Posted on Sun, 10/25/2009 - 02:24

Great job Jendena! Very colorful backstrap!

Janet, I like your chair to chair setup. Very clever! I wish I had ladder back chairs like yours.

Have a good day!

Posted on Sun, 10/25/2009 - 06:47

I use a bungee strap around the back of a normal kitchen chair, then fasten each end of the back beam to each end of it.

bungee strap = kiwi version of an octopus strap ( pommy). I have no idea what anyone else calls it these days.  Ours come from China and get called all sorts of things, usually with very strange spelling!

 A very tough strong elastic strap used to hold down objects on the back of a ute or trailer with a hook on each end; can come with 8 on a metal ring, hence the octopus.

Posted on Sun, 10/25/2009 - 15:36

Yes, we speak bungee in the USA as well. The items I buy are elastic strands with a woven/braided cover and a hook at each end. There is even a "sport" called bungee jumping where you jump off of high places with elastic bands tied to the feet.

As I study on finger weaving and braiding, usually braiding is done around a rope or cord to prevent stretching. Apparently one can braid around elastic bands, Then when the elastic streches the woven cover stretches with it. With some experimentation someone could determine the best weaving angle or pattern for the cover.

It's interesting to see how things are put together. I've used bungee cords to tie down tarps and hold gates open/closed and only now understand the construction of the bungee cord.

Have a good day!

Posted on Mon, 11/23/2009 - 20:28

I am posting a photo on behalf of bibi in Sao Tome and Principe...........

Her backstrap............

Done in white and a variegated blue-very pretty.





Posted on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 22:11

Spinnerholm was very adventurous and wove her first backstrap from her own handspun.

I love how she has used inkle bands to attach the backstrap to her loom bars.