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Learn-to-weave table runner

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Project Status: 
Finishing
Project Date: 
Wed, 12/28/2016 - Sat, 01/21/2017
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Loom
Loom Used: 
Baby Wolf
Number of Shafts: 
4
Number of Treadles: 
6
Sett: 
12.00 EPI
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Table runner created in learn-to-weave class at TLD Designs in Westmont, IL in December 2016.  Have not yet completed wet finishing.

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Looks complicated

The design looks complicated. You wove a lovely fabric. What was the biggest challenge for you?

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lovely!

The first time I wet finished a fabric, it was like magic.  And 25+ years later, I never tire of seeing how the fabric changes as it water does its thing.  Your beautiful weaving will look even more amazing.  Keep it going, weaving is a great hobby.

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Thank you!

Thank you very much, 10ashus.  Because I already had three months of experience weaving plain weave (and variations such as color-and-weave) on rigid heddle looms, the teacher had me weave a twill table runner for my 4-shaft learn-to-weave class.  The design is a straight-forward twill that is threaded and treadled 1234321, 4321234.  I don't know a source for a draft; the teacher sketched it out for me by hand.  If you enlarge the photo to its full size, you can see the beads I used to keep my place in treadling (a tip I read on Ravelry).

For me, the biggest challenges were (and continue to be) making tidy selvedges and keeping an even beat.

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I am interested in your beads

I am interested in your beads for treadling--how are they attached and coded. Quick search for ravelry source took me to different bead uses. 

Selvages and beat provide endless room for improvement because we are critical   Wet finishing magically cures most of what causes us to cringe at our own beautiful work. Your weaving is beautiful.

Thank you for sharing. 

Francine

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Thank you for the encouragement

Thank you, Queezle.  Your words are so encouraging!  I'm in my second weaving class now, and trying to weave and learn as much as I can. 

I confess that I have multiple woven projects that need to be wet finished.  It's not submerging them in water, but the parts involving the sewing machine and pressing that intimidate me.  I think starting with the dishcloths and other rigid heddle projects might be a good idea, so I can get some practice before trying to finish floor loom projects. 

As someone who is still learning my way around Weavolution, I didn't realize that posting a project in "My Projects" would put it on prominent display!  Despite my embarrassment, I'm glad now that it happened, because as a result I have been fortunate to receive encouragement in my fledgling efforts, and am beginning to feel that I am part of the community of weavers.

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Beads to keep place in treadling

For my current/second project, which has a pattern over 8 treadles, I added numbers to 8 colors of pony beads with a Sharpie (a bag of mixed-color pony beads was $1 at the nearest dollar store).  Each number is assigned to a different color bead (8 = purple, 7 = yellow, 6 = pink, 5= blue, etc.).  The beads fit very well (slide easily when moved, but don't move on their own) on an unused shoelace tied to the wing nuts facing me at the upper corners of the beater on my Baby Wolf.  When I'm not weaving, a plastic clip keeps my place in the event of beads being moved accidentally by someone.  (Writing on the beads was really fiddly.  I tried to find a source for multi-colored, numbered beads, but so far have only been able to find black-and-white ones online and neither in stores.  Alphabet beads are widely available, but I'm not keen to make the switch from numbers to letters.) 

For the learn-to-weave project in the photo, because it was an easy 1234321, 4321234 pattern, I relied on bead color alone (clear bead = 1, blue = 2, yellow = 3, and orange = 4) with an index card to remind me of the color/bead assignments in case I got confused at any point.  When I told my teacher I was going to buy pony beads (and why), she found those beads and some seam tape on hand for me to use in class. 

Thank you, Francine, for your encouragement!

ETA: This was my inspiration for using beads: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Coolstic...

 

 

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clever strategy

I find that I make plenty of treading errors.  I like your strategy.  My current project involves alternating between two mirror-image 11-step treadling patterns.  I finally found that if I could 1-11 out lout for each repeat, I made far fewer errors, and could recognize when my foot position was wrong for a number I was counting out loud.  It sounds like you've come up with an inexpensive method that works for you  - a lot of weaving is finding the way that works for you, to accomplish a specific goal.  you are resourceful!

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