Monday, August 17, 2009

Loomin'

"Are you loomin'?" How many times was this phrase spoken during those days of weaving demonstrations? People, mostly men, are always intrigued with the loom workings--the up and down motion of the harnesses and the stepping of the feet on the treadles. But, now there is a loom associated with knitting. It is a circular pegged loom, much like the small weaving looms that were used for potholders. Amazing, that the weaving world has crossed over into the knitting world! Yes, I'm in the process of 'loomin' as the warp is on the loom but it's on my weaving loom and not a knitting loom. . This is 8 harness Macomber loom but the weaving pattern is to use only 4 of the harnesses. The warp is bamboo yarn dyed to commemorate 2010 Convergence conference to be held in Albuquerque, NM. The colors are quite fabulous and it looks as good on the loom as it did on the warping board.

The wonderful shuttle is made by Michael Harris of Dallas, who 'dabbles' in woodworking and does an outstanding job! This is a great small shuttle with smooth lines and great throwing ability. The bobbin (two silk sewing thread spools) fit and run nicely on the magnetic rod. Sometimes Michael will show his wares at small regional conferences but at the last conference attended, we learned that Michael is working in the Philippines so it could be awhile before he has any other lovely shuttles to offer. In the meantime, this little shuttle will be savored and enjoyed as it glides across the warp threads.
Not so sure about the pattern look, but we'll venture on and hope that the structure will grow on me.

3 comments:

  1. I love the colors! They definitely look like New Mexico. What type of thread are you using for warp and what are you making?

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  2. This is bamboo warp with silk sewing thread as weft; hope to make a scarf to wear at Convergence.

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  3. sewing thread???? Keep that up and it's going to put a real strain on the friendship.

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