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The Weaving Part Is Easy

Posted by mobarger on Jul-12-2015


Six years ago I went to an auction in Pennsylvania. I talked about it here and here. I’ve had this bin of yarn ever since that I haven’t done a thing with. But I always wanted to make a rug with it.


In fact that’s the same idea someone else had at one point too. Here is part of a crocheted rug that was in the in the bin with all the yarn.


it’s a strange yarn. Every ball is composed this way – single strands of different sorts of yarn brought together to form one strand. I can’t tell if it’s commercial or someone made it this way. Have you ever seen yarn like this before?


I love warping on the deck on a nice sunny day. I ended up using a 10dent reed, putting my warp through each slot and eye. My last rug (which I still have to blog I think) was made with a rug bump and I only warped every other. I like this direct warp method. I think this took me 3 hours.


The warping takes me a few hours and by then I am ready for a break! But I am ready to start weaving usually the next day and that part goes very very quickly. I think it took me less than 2 hours tops to finish this 2×4 rug.


But just because I am done weaving doesn’t mean the project is done. I had a lot of fringe to twist. I just love the look of twisted fringe. Another sunny day on the deck with a cold beverage and I can finish up. I bet this took me 4 hours.


And here is the finished rug in the doorway! I love how it looks!

Lessons learned from Project #2

Posted by mobarger on May-15-2013

Last time, I posted about my second weaving project. I may have hinted I had issues. Here is what I learned and still need to learn:

1. This was the longest warp I had ever done (105″). By the last placemat, the warp threads were loose in places. I need to perfect warping or at least understand my options when I encounter loose threads. Re-tightening at that point in the project is not the answer!

2. Hemstitch as you go. Doing it off-loom is not fun.

3. Take shrinkage into consideration. I never imagined things would shrink as much, not only once they were off the loom but more after being wet finished.

4. A tile floor makes a great grid for cutting straight lines. So do very sharp scissors.

5. Since I have no stand, I typically sit on the floor and weave from there. The loom is easily portable to the deck and works great propped against a table.

6. Practice makes you better.

My second weaving project

Posted by mobarger on May-13-2013

Last month I decided on my second weaving project: a set of placemats to give my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. I worked out my yarn requirements and the pattern I would use. I decided on Cascade Ultra Pima for the yarn.

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On a nice day in late April, I decided the deck made the best warping board and proceeded to measure out the yarn.

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This was the first time I had ever warped the loom by myself. Mistakes were made. Tangles ensued. It somehow worked out.

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I was soon on my way.

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It didn’t take long and I was done. Four placemats, good to go. I just had to weave in all the ends. It turned out that one skein of the Ultra Pima worked well as the weft with some leftover, but if I kept it to one skein per placemat I had no other ends to weave in but the beginning and the end.

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I hemstitched each end with some rayon thread. Those ends had to be woven in too! And the fringe! Trimming fringe is hard!

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I soaked them in hot water and threw then in the dryer for about 30 minutes. I checked them about every 10 minutes to make sure they somehow hadn’t unraveled. The yarn bloomed as I hoped it would and nothing let loose.

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I really like how they turned out.

I am almost ready for my next project. I am thinking rug.

Set of 4 placemats
Yarn: 8 Skeins Cascade Ultra Pima Fine: 6 Sage, 1 Peach, 1 Natural
I used a 10″ reed.
Woven size: 17.25″x14″
Finished size: 16″ x 13″
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