Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Weaving Wednesday: First Project Off The Loom

After sharing my first Weaving Wednesday post last month, I warped my loom for my first project using some destash yarn:

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I've been meaning to share some of my getting-started resources here, so this seems like a good time to mention them: in addition to Syne Mitchell's Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom, I have also been keeping Liz Gipson's Weaving Made Easy handy (note, I do not have the updated version, but I linked to that since it seems like it would be more helpful to anyone looking to build their weaving library). And my colleague Ben sent over this YouTube video which ultimately helped me get my loom warped. I watched it several times and would pause it as I worked on each step:


Right after I got my loom warped, I had to travel for a few weeks and didn't get much weaving time - I believe this was the last time I blogged about this project. But once I was back at home base, it really started to fly! You know how people tell you that weaving is WAY faster than knitting? That is not an exaggeration! I probably could have finished this in 1-2 weeks if I had been more diligent (and also not gone out of town).

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Someone teach this cat to weave!
I wouldn't call it done, but last weekend I took this project (my very first!) off of the loom:

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So, the question is: what is it? Obviously, it's not done - I need to weave in the ends and do whatever finishing a woven piece requires. I was thinking of cutting it into two pieces to sew together into a pillow, but will have to consult both of my books to see what is possible with my skill level at this moment in time. Worst case scenario, it could be used as a table runner, or I could turn it into a wall hanging of some sort.

Honestly, I just wanted to see if I could weave something to completion....now that I know it's possible (and really, really fast!), I will be planning more specific projects going forward. In fact, I just signed up for Angela Tong's Rigid Heddle Weaving Class on Craftsy (note - this is an affiliate link) and started watching the video lesson already. This coming weekend, I plan to start one of the class projects, a destash worsted weight scarf (provided that the heddle I need arrives by then).

For anyone interested, I'll be writing a review of the class once I finish watching the entire thing and also complete at least one of the projects, so stay tuned for that!

While I don't have an FO to share this Friday yet again, I do have a HO (Half-Finished Object) and I could really use some reader input as to the fate of said project....so please do come back to share your opinions this Friday!

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