Tuesday, December 29, 2009

onto the HD

HD does not stand for High Definition in this house! It's stands for Harrisville Designs, the name of my new floor loom. As Harrisville Designs is quite a long name and I don't feel like typing it over and over, it will, from this point on, be called HD.

Today I finished my Christmas table runner. It is much shorter than I would have liked. If I had had two rolls of this yarn instead of one, it would have been a perfect length. As it is, it is pretty and sitting on my dining table with a single candle in the middle of it. My 6 year old daughter asked what a table runner was for. I told it her it is to make the table look pretty and is very nice with candles on top of it. She put on the runner a candle holder she made at school and gave to me for Christmas. It looks very pretty. I'll get a picture of it tomorrow.

So, with that finished, I decided it is time to test out the HD. It was quite late this evening when I pulled out the warping board. I got about 100 warp threads on it right now. It isn't much, and it isn't long, but it will be enough for me to play with the HD and learn how to use it. I can't wait. My first project, when I'm ready will be curtains.

We'll see how long it takes me to thread the HD the first time.....

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas weave

I've been working on a pretty weave on my Dorothy. With all the kids home for the holidays, I don't get much time for weaving.

This is what the underside looks like:This is the topside of the loom.

What is it? I'm not sure. I think I will weave until I run out of warp. If it is long enough, it will make a very nice table runner that I can use next Christmas.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

My floor loom!

I've got a floor loom and I'm so very excited. Six months ago I was just figuring out how to work my Inkle loom and now, I've got a 36in floor loom! It's put together, but the gal I bought it from must have had the thing stored in a hot, humid place because of few of the boards are a bit warped. It's not too bad, thank goodness, but I won't be able to weave until I take care of those warped areas.

It's a Harrisville, 4 harness, 4 treadle loom. I've never used a foot treadle before. Now I just need lots of yarn!
My dad was here for the holidays. He brought me my loom from where I had bought it. He was pretty annoyed at the loom having to transport it. He thought I was crazy, but over three days he really got to liking my looms and weaving. He said he will build me a triangle loom and an new nicer Inkle loom. He has already commissioned me for a few projects.

I need thread! Big time!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I've been busy and haven't been able to weave much. I've got my Dorothy out and I have been weaving plastic bags again. Unfortunaly, my one year old got ahold of some scissors and cut a hole in my warp. I had to take what was done off the loom, and re-thread. Thankfully there wasn't too much to re-thread. I learned my lesson with my one year old though.