Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My New Toy!


I finally took the plunge and got a loom! It's a Kromski Harp Forte 32" rigid heddle loom. I love it because it folds up, so I can tuck it in the closet when I'm not using it. My first project was a simple plain weave scarf. Nothing fancy. It's fun and very relaxing. I see why weaving is coming back in to popularity. It always makes me happy to see traditional crafts continuing. I'm on my 4th project. I'm really enjoying weaving. I have a hard time with the warping, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it. Weaving is super relaxing, and I like how much faster it is for me to do even if my hands aren't cooperating for the day. 

First Scarf
[Image Description: Heather green balanced plain weave scarf with hand tied fringe. Selvages are slightly irregular. Scarf is folded over on itself.]
Baby Blanket in 3/1 Lace
[Image Description: Picture of a project under tension on a Kromski Harp Forte 32 inch loom. Foreground shows a stick shuttle wrapped in baby blue yarn. Middle of the picture shows one 2 inch strip of black weaving with 2 inches of blue following. Warp is baby blue with a black stripe.]

Baby Blanket in 3/1 Lace
[Image Description: Picture of a blanket on a wood floor. Blanket is mostly square, with a blue body and black stripes.]

[Image Description: Picture of a blanket folded, with one corner turned up. Blanket has a blue body and black stripes.]

 [Image Description: Picture of a project under tension on a Kromski Harp Forte 32 inch loom. Project is blue and yellow, with a 2/2 threading pattern. Picture is sideways and shows the heddle.]
 [Image Description: Picture of a project being threaded on a Kromski Harp Forte 32 inch loom. Project is blue and yellow, with a 2/2 threading pattern. Picture shows the heddle 3/4 threaded.]
 [Image Description: Picture of beginning rows of blue and yellow, showing the hemstitching in the first few rows. There are a couple lines of black plain weave header woven before the hemstitching. Project is blue and yellow, with a 2/2 threading pattern.]