Wool & Soy Tri-Loom Shawl

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In the past, I had the loom out on the porch. It’s rained most every day since we’ve been here so I brought the loom inside. I’ve started a shawl with a varigated blue and cream yarn I’m alternating with pink and white.

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We visited a street fair today in Hayesville and I bought two carnivarious bog plants from a vender. I plan to bring them home to Florida.

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Sarracenia Flava Oranta on the left and Sarracenia Purpurea on the right.

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Master Weaver Looms

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I’ve had a number of questions recently related to Master Weaver Looms. Apparently, the first Master Weaver Loom was a small version which was used much like a rigid heddle lap loom. The photos I’ve seen show a nicely turned dark wood loom. (I don’t have one but would love to find one.) It was somewhat delicate in appearance as opposed to it’s cousin, the large and much heaver Master Weaver III. The Master Weaver loom was a larger version of the lap loom. It was made from natural wood and heavier in frame without the wood turning. Both of these earlier versions were limited in warp by the size of the loom. The warp was “turned” onto the frame end over end so that the warp was 2 times the length of the loom. The final verison, the Master Weaver III (the loom seen under “My Looms”) had a back beam and can accept a longer warp and can be warped like a conventional loom. Once warped (either style) the “feet” on the long “legs” of the loom can be un screwed which lengthens the legs and tightens the warp.

Janet Meany at the Weaver’s Friend was very helpful and can provide copies of various instruction books with patterns is you’ve been lucky enough to find a Master Weaver Loom. Apparently the business reorganized several times and to my knowledge is no longer in business. Hope this helps.

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Peach & White Scarf

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Finishing Peach & White Scarf. You can see it still on the loom. On the MasterWeaver III the woven fabric goes down the front and up the back. You can see the finished starting end of the scarf coming up over and down the front. There are still color change ends showing. I wove the new colors in and left tails that will be cut off once the scarf has been fulled.

I plan to add this scarf and the violet beaded scarf to my Etsy site as soon as the Peach & White is fulled and dried.

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Peach Scarf

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This time using the same set-up as the purple and white scarf, I’ve started another scarf. This time with softer peach and white. Notice in the one photo that I started off with yellow scrap yarn which will later form some of the tassels. (It looks upside down because you’re looking at the finished weaving as it moves up the back of the loom.)

In the other photo, notice the interesting nubby warp, another experiment. I like the textured yarn but it all but disappeared once the weft was woven in. I’m new at weaving and I’m learnin’.

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MasterWeaver III Scarf

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I decided as blogged earlier, that all my scarves were beginning to look alike. Here is something different. You’ll notice the finished alpaca/mohair/wool throw drying after being fulled behind the purple and white wool scarf.

The warp is 6 strands of purple alternated with six strands of white. The weft is the same 6 & 6. The set-up for the MasterWeaver III is 123567531765 across the cylinder and rotate discs in sequence: 123567.

ALERT: I neglected to use scrap yarn at the beginning of the weaving; the weaving had a tighter weave and was flatened and wider at the beginning because of this. Learn by my mistake. Always weave a few weft rows with scrap yarn before begining your weaving so the the draw-in will settle in and the finished product will be more consistent.

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FOR SALE

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Thank you for looking and for buying. Everything sold.

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FOR SALE

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Clemes & Clemes Drum Carder and Louet Kombo K70 Loom (as featured on this blog) for sale on eBay.

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Louet Kombo K70 Loom

 

MasterWeaver Loom Questions

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I received the following questions:

Hi!

I have a friend who doesn’t weave but has inherited one of these looms. I’m not much of a weaver myself, but I might be interested in hers. I can’t quite tell how it works from the pictures….are you limited to the warp length as with tapestry looms? I’ve also seen a posting that says the brochure claims it can do 8 shaft patterns but she’s only been able to do 4 shaft. Were any of your patterns 8 shaft?

Thank you for your time,
Tabi Ferguson
www.therovingspinners.com

The original MasterWeaver Loom was more decorative with turned wood and had only one length it could weave. As the MasterWeaver evolved, it became the MasterWeaver III which allows for long warps. You can use it as you can see in photos here, which meets most needs, or you can warp on the warp and cloth rollers (they turn), front and back at the bottom of the loom. (I plan to demonstrate in future blog pages when I get the current project off the loom.)

I wondered about the 8 shaft patterns too. I thought perhaps because the weaving cylinder has 8 sides that was how you got 8 shaft patterns. Perfectly logical, but it doesn’t work. The pattern guides explain that you can also use the inbetween numbers positions. That is, instead of positioning the cylinder perfectly lined up with the cylinder bracket, you can position it inbetween. This creates one large and one small shed; you can use either. For instance, 1 3 5 7 across the cylinder and 1b 3 3a 1a 3 2b creates a dog legged check.

The fun of the MasterWeaver is its ability to create rather intricate color patterns simply. Most of my yarn stash is multi-colored or heathery. To really take advantage of the MasterWeaver’s strengths, I’m going to be looking for solid yarns. Yes, I got the Michael’s circular Sunday, all their yarn is on sale … my am I in trouble!

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MasterWeaver Project

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The MasterWeaver Project, wool/mohair throw is coming along…

You’ll note the fabric moves around the loom.

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MasterWeaver Project

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I’ve started a new MasterWeaver project. This was warped from more of the same yarn used in the plaid tri-shawl. (Alpaca/wool blend, $1 per skein from Big Lots, my husband’s least favorite store followed closely by Michael’s.) I’m using light blue and light fawn for the weft. The heathery yarn doesn’t take advantage of the MasterWeaver’s ability to weave complex color patterns. I’ll be looking for some single colored yarn for the next project.

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