My journey into the world of weaving


A day in the life of Looms 2012

I had almost forgotten this yearly posting that Meg has encouraged and fostered in the weaving community.

I don’t see a whole lot of difference from my post of last year. I did complete the doubleweave project successfully and the blanket now keeps my mom cozy warm for her naps.

I have some handspun on my Tools of the Trade loom:


and my Norwood sits ready:


I am also still spinning out of control. Currently, I have superwash merino with tussah silk on my wheel:


I look forward to another doubleweave project and lots of handspun weaving too! I still have a lot of fiber stash for spinning. But I am going to purchase some more for weaving.

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“Napkins” off the loom

The “napkins” are finally off the loom (I began them in July!) I say “napkins” because I think they are really dish towels! I have washed all seven together and have cut them apart. Next I need to hem each and add my little label. I’ll be giving these as presents for sure. When they are all hemmed, I’ll take and post a picture, probably next weekend.

I am beginning to dress the Tools of the Trade with some handspun warp. I am thinking I’ll get two scarves out of this warp; the weft being more handspun. Most likely a plain weave.

And I finished spinning the Ashford wool roving. I had about a dozen different colors, about 4 oz in all. I mixed and meshed the colors. It spun really tight except for the last bunch which I really tried to spin loosely. Still tight. Not sure how it will weave.

A great way to end Thanksgiving.

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Weaving on the alpaca scarf begins!

And what fun to weave on the Tools of the Trade loom! It’s so little and so quick. I am zooming right along.

Here is the Tools, all dressed up and ready to go!

The weave is a plain weave patterned in with a basket weave, hopefully seen here:

I will run out of white for the second scarf so will use some of the gray! It’ll be fine!

I am so glad to be weaving on the Tools again!


My birthday loom!

Today is my birthday and I bought the loom! Half of it is in my home and the other half is at my mother’s until next weekend.

It is beautiful. It seems to be very sturdy and well built. My sister and I met at the seller’s home and we spent a very nice hour and a half plus with Marianne, Gar, and Miriam. Lots of commonality, some connections with people, and just a general sense of ease and friendship.

The loom itself was dismantled and carried out to our cars. I was so happy that it could come home with me! at least most of it.

Pictures will follow. I have to do a certain amount of furniture moving to make a place for it. It takes the place of my 32″ Tools of the Trade which will go upstairs in our bedroom which will displace a bureau which…. You get the idea!

So now I own three looms! inclusive of a table loom.

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Getting my first loom!

I knew fairly quickly that I wanted a loom for myself, a floor loom. The question was what kind and where to get it.
I wanted a jack loom with 4 shafts with a width of 36 inches. Beyond that I was open to anything.
As fate often works, it happened that Margaret knew someone who was selling their Tools of the Trade loom. 32 inches, 4 shafts, and 6 treadles! Margaret vetted it for me but it was up to me.
When I saw it, I knew it was for me! (See More Photos)