Tuesday, January 19, 2010

No Tangled Webs Woven Here

The loom? She's warped.


It may have taken all morning and most of the afternoon, but I got the job done. I watched one video about 10 times before and during the work of warping. I don't know why, but the directions that came with the loom are just plain dumb. The video was a Godsend.

I'd like to point out that I may be a little dense myself. That's fingering weight yarn for my first project. I think a wiser novice weaver would have selected a phat yarn. The warp yarn goes from top to bottom and is stretched fairly taut across the loom. I used Socrates in dark gray. It's so soft. The middle piece with the slats is the heddle and shifts the yarn's position when I pass the shuttle (the piece wrapped in pretty yarn) back and forth. The heddle also beats the yarn into place after each pass. The weft yarn is moved from left to right and back again, over and over and over. I chose a variegated yarn from Lorna's Laces in beautiful shades of gray, black purple and blue. It's striping on the loom which thrills me to no end.

As you can see, I' haven't gotten too far, but considering how long it took to warp the loom, I'd say I'm making progress.

15 comments:

Ruth said...

That is going to be so beautifull - I just love the colours.

Miss 376 said...

It looks fabulous. It is sometimes a lot easier to learn from seeing how it is done than reading the instructions, I'd much rather see it myself. You are going to have lots of fun with this

jeannette stgermain said...

cheers for you! The whole thing looks complicated to me!

SkippyMom said...

That is stunning Rudee - I am so jealous. :D

Sorry it took so long to get started [Makes you wonder who wrote the directions, eh? Must've been a guy. ;)]

Have fun.

Gail said...

Beautiful choice of colors.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Oh this is going to we worth all the trouble. The colors are beautiful and you are so skilled. Good job.
QMM

Brenda said...

I am impressed! You are not one to put things off Rudee. It looks hard to do, but you are making a beautiful item there.

Rositta said...

Wow, that is truly amazing. You are so talented...ciao

sapphireblue said...

Blue and purple are my fav colors. Woohoo! New toy!

Stephanie V said...

Wow! Lovely color choice. I like how the striping is working, too. Never thought of that happening.

Miss T said...

Beautiful color choices!

clairedulalune said...

It looks like a beautiful harp woven with your colours!

Renie Burghardt said...

I so admire people like you, who can create such beautiful things, Rudee.

Jadekitty said...

The color combo is amazing! Oh how I wish my loom had all the pieces now.

Tigers said...

It looks great, can't wait to see the finished item.