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My Town - Jerome, Arizona

July 4th, 2008
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Erica Raspberry

Easy Loom Weaving

 Self taught in weaving, I have a few unorthodox ways of doing things :-)

My four harness, six treadle counterbalance loom was made in a loom building class about 25 years ago. I got it at a garage sale - it just needed DH's special touch. That IS why he has the big shop filled with woodworking tools... right?

I tied a yard and a half onto the back beam - twenty two inches wide to be used for a series of caregivers shawls for CIC. 10 e.p.i. The warp is cut by measuring each end twice the width of the front bar of the loom making each end about 84 inches long. It is completely relaxing to sit at the loom, watching TV and cutting these ends. I usually cut ten ends and then tie them on to the white strings that are already threaded through the reed and heddles and tied to the back beam.

At this point all ends have been tied on and wound onto the back beam - since it is only a couple of yards long I don't bother with sticks or paper on the back beam. I tie groups of ten onto the front rod with square knots.

First few rows have been woven - I really need to get a longer shuttle :-)

Four paper clips, a couple of pieces of string, and a two balls of yarn and I have a homemade temple/stretcher to keep my selvedges from drawing in - I got the idea here - genius, pure genius. Tied sticks to either side of the loom to hold the balls out and the opened paperclip is quick and easy to advance along the fabric edge.

Weaving completed. Notice there is no loss of warp on the ends because I can weave as close to the knots as I want due to the supplemental white warp.

Taken off the loom I do a large zigzag across the ends before I put it in the washing machine for fluffing.

How to Make a Simple Temple (Stretcher)
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