My journey into the world of weaving


Rug is done!

Off the loom, stray ends cut, and fringed! And lying in place.


I pondered the fringing for a while, trying several different approaches and ended with this.


The fringe is about 3 inches long.

I am pleased with the rug! It is 79 inches in length – perfect! I’m glad it’s not longer. It is 26 inches in width.

I gave my loom some TLC this afternoon: dusting, tightening, soothing words. It is ready for the next project which will be scarves using my handspun for the weft! Pattern to be decided as I wind the warp into balls and then warping.

Whew. I will not be doing another rug on this loom. I will try to do some more weaving with rags but on smaller projects. That was fun!

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Scarves off the loom!

The two scarves are off the loom. I was so anxious to do the measuring!
First scarf ended up being 60 inches in length and 6.25 in width. The second scarf ended up being 56.5 inches in length and the same width.

I have fringed the first scarf:


This is before finishing – lots of little ends hither and thither.

Here’s the second scarf before fringing:


The two have slightly different patterns on the ends. The first has a wider block of the Peace Fleece. I wasn’t sure I liked it so I made a narrower block on the second. Turns out I like both!

I’m thinking 6-8 inches shrinkage in length and another in width. I won’t be able to tend to that until Sunday!

Off to the Commonground Fair this Friday to see lots of fiber and other stuff, of course!


Scarves finished, holiday frenzy

I finished the scarves.

The green one is 7 inches wide; 57 inches in length.
The lilac one is also 7 inches wide; 64 inches in length. So they both lost .5 in width; 6 inches in length.

lilac scarf

green scarf

They are ready for their new owners!

The frenzy comes from me realizing that while all my pieces have been washed, dried, and loose ends snipped, I did not finish off the fringe! So I am snipping there on everything. Then everything gets wrapped up!

Whew. Everyone is getting a handwoven! I’ll be done by the weekend, I should think. Then I’ll take a deep breath and get ready for my big project: to self-instruct in some advanced weaving techniques. I’ll gladly accept any tips or hints on this!


Scarves finished

The scarves are finished. Washed, dried, ends snipped where needed. And measurements done.

Very interesting. Somehow I neglected to weave the extra length to account for shrinkage! I haven’t done that before. So the purple, which was beaten more vigorously shrank 6 inches, down to 52 inches in length. The green with a looser beat shrank 4 inches to 54 inches. In width, they both shrank and took up an inch. So the final width is 11 inches. Fringe also shrank from 6 inches to 5.

Not quite what I imagined but I am happy all the same with the weaving.
Here they are:

Finished scarves

I sat right down, with all of this in mind, and planned the next set of scarves with the same yarn. They are going to be narrower in width – 7 inches. They will be 60 inches in length and I will ensure that with weaving extra. And the fringe will also be long enough.

For pattern, I am going to look at twills still but perhaps more “electricity”!

There is no getting into comfortable grooves with weaving, I am finding. Each has taught me different things and just when I think I have mastered “something”, my weaving experience tells me differently. But I find it all absorbing and I am still totally engaged!