Washcloths

Cotton twill, rolling off the loom today. It needs a nice hot bath to shrink it and fluff it up. Then it will be stitched and cut into squares. These washcloths will be paired with handmade ceramic soap dishes and sold as gift sets at Union Studio in St. Louis.

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Twill with stripes

Working on a new stripe motif. This photo is of the first draft, but a revised version is going on the loom today. There will be a few extra stripes, and the light and dark areas will be reversed.

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2 looms, no waiting

  We had a couple of looms going today. Scarves on the tiny Baby Wolf: and towels on the bigger counterbalance loom:An admittedly ugly header spreads out the warp yarns. Then the real weaving can begin:

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Adding tension

  Yesterday I knotted a new warp onto the loom, piggy-back-ing onto the previous piece. It becomes a tangled mess for awhile. Once all of the knots are tied, I can pull the yarn through the reed/beater, and things get much smoother. Here’s a photo of the back of the loom as I’m just starting to […]

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Tying on

  If I want to weave another piece with the same specs as the previous one, I can tie newly-measured yarn onto the old warp. It saves a lot of work, but I need to tie hundreds of knots. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like I’m saving myself much work. I do like the fact that the […]

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Cut and tied

  This piece is done, and it’s time to cut it off the loom. There are a couple of things to keep in mind: don’t let the fabric unravel, and keep the loom sleyed and threaded for the next warp. I’m leaving the last bit of this warp on the loom, so I can tie on a new one […]

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Fly shuttle

  In late 2014, I automated my weaving slightly by adding a fly shuttle to one of my looms. This allows me to throw the shuttle with a rope system, rather than passing it back and forth between my hands. It’s much faster, and pleasantly athletic. It’s also very loud, so I now weave with […]

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Weaving stripes

  I’ve woven a header from bundles of scrap yarn. (That’s the green and white mess at the bottom of the photo.) This spreads out the warp. Once the warp is relatively parallel, I start weaving with a contrasting yarn to check for threading errors. Once I’m satisfied with that, I weave in lines to guide […]

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Still warping

  Rolling 12 yards of cotton stripes from the front to the back of the loom. After this is done, I’ll tie the warp to the front apron and start to weave. Here’s the front of the loom: Below is a view of the back of the loom. Corrugated cardboard (and large sheets of paper, when I […]

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