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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Fiber Space

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The last Saturday of every month, a group of fiber enthusiasts meet to work on projects and enjoy each others company …







What fun! We’re lost in Fiber Space, we meet the last Saturday of every month, come find us.

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Woven Glass

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Click here for an interesting video on Woven Glass.

Picked up my sock machine from the metal worker extrodinere who fixed it. Haven’t been able to get it going but have ordered parts from Angora Valley so should be up and running soon.

Purchased a “new” spinning wheel from eBay. Hope to arrange with the seller to pick up the fax wheel and will have photos of that as well soon.

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FOR SALE

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These two scarves are going on my Etsy site.

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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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Brown & Blue Throw

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Finishing MasterWeaver III Blue & Brown Throw


First count over three threads and insert needle from reverse two weft threads in; then, go back again and tie knot around three thread cluster and draw up. Continue accross creating three thread bundles. Creates a smooth simple edge that won’t unravel. Perfect for when you don’t want bulky knots along the edge.

The finished throw:

 

Fiber Space

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We met earlier today …such fun. We missed regulars Gail, Vicki, and Elizabeth but were delighted by new faces; we’re growing. There is always room for more. Our next Fiber Space is Saturday, December 20 from 9 to noon. Take a break from Christmas preparations and plan to take some time for yourself.

We had rugs, and frogs, and Christmas trees, and shawls, and scarves, and …

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