Well, I'm obviously weaving my little fingers to the bone, although at the moment, not as much on the big looms. A Schacht Zoom Loom came home with me in early July. Since then, I've made two bags for it (one for me, one for the shop), a notions bag (for the shop) and two baby blankets (one for the shop). The little looms are versions of the Weave-It looms from the 1930's. I have two of the original Weave-It's, as well as a Loomette loom from the 1940's. I've woven projects on my antique looms, but for some reason set them aside. Although the antique looms are plenty strong enough to weave on, I do worry about carrying them around. If I drop the Zoom Loom, no biggie. So here is a photo of all my hand looms with the yellow / variegated baby blanket I finished a few days ago.
|Katie Ann with the Looms!|
Here's the blue checkerboard blanket I made for the shop.
|Blue Checkerboard Blanket|
Both blankets have a crocheted edging I got from a 1930's booklet. Here's a photo of the detail:
Here's a photo of the first bag I made to carry the Zoom Loom and all its stuff:
|The Zoom Loom and its Bag|
Navajo-Style Weaving... from a Cherokee Point of View
|The Loom and Me|
|Arizona Rug on the Loom|
More Overshot Designs
After finally working through Madelyn van der Hoogt's Block Weaves DVD, I decided to play with some designs from Marguerite Porter Davison's A Handweaver's Source Book. That book has been following me around for 30-plus years but has been a bit difficult to use. Analyzing the drafts as blocks really helps and makes it easy to convert to more modern weaving drafts. The first one is a re-work of my favorite Soldier's Return draft. I made it a little smaller to fit on a scarf and then wove it up in blues and turquoises that reminded me of our trip to Florida and diving in the Keys. Here's the scarf:
|Soldier's Return Scarf|
I have lots of other projects waiting in the wings, but I need to finish up things currently on the looms. I'm weaving another Orange Peel scarf to photograph for the draft available in my Etsy shop. Once the scarf and Joseph's towels are off the loom, I have lots of new projects getting ready to go on!
And maybe it won't be so long before I do another blog post!