A New Toy

7 Jul

I was just getting ready to take an intermediate weaving class when the world shut down with the pandemic.  I didn’t get to take the class, and after another year, I finally decided to just jump in and get a loom.

Schacht Baby Wolf Loom

Of course, Rocky was right there to help.

Rocky (sorry for the blurry cell phone picture)

Once it was opened, it kind of made my living room look small.

I’ve been really trying to remember how it works.  It’s been just under two years since I did anything on a loom.  Of course, I had to start by remembering how to use the warping board.  YouTube videos were quite helpful.

Then I had to remember how to get the warp strings onto the loom.

I warp front to back

I finally got it set up and ready to weave.

Just a very narrow trial run.

Sky wants to know why he lost his flopping on the floor space.

Sky

I couldn’t remember how the drill was set up to wind bobbins, so there were more YouTube videos.

I did have to make a minor adjustment (pencil), but it works!

I got a start.  I remembered to even out my warp, but I forgot the over/under with the floating selvedge.  

Eventually, I did remember it. I really do need a bit more refreshing and practicing.

Then I can start turning all that llama wool cored yarn into rugs!

7 Responses to “A New Toy”

  1. Edith July 7, 2021 at 10:59 pm #

    The weave of the pink/peach yarn is beautiful! If that is how it looks when you need more practice, I can’t wait to see your weaving projects a year from now. Where did you purchase your loom? I have daughters who would be very interested in trying this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Teresa July 8, 2021 at 7:04 am #

      I definitely need a lot more practice! It isn’t even the right size reed for the yarn, but I was mostly trying to remember how to warp it. I ordered mine through the fiber mill where I took the classes. You can order through the company though. Schacht

  2. Jeanne July 7, 2021 at 11:21 pm #

    I’m very impressed! You’re doing really well for not having done any for a while. Isn’t it great that so much information is available online?! Keep up the good work.

    • Teresa July 8, 2021 at 7:07 am #

      I love YouTube for knitting and now weaving. I almost wish it had been around when I was growing up. I started knitting in my 4th grade class, but once we were done with that unit, I had no way to keep learning, so I let it go. Now, I love it!

  3. Donna July 7, 2021 at 11:29 pm #

    Excellent work. I did have to take a class to learn how to weave (and also to spin). Now I weave rarely but always while the Olympics are on. So I am excited to start weaving a rug for the upcoming (hopefully!) Summer games.

    • Teresa July 8, 2021 at 7:05 am #

      That is really what I’m looking forward to–turning my llamas’ wool into rugs.

  4. janicead July 9, 2021 at 2:32 pm #

    Two of my friends had looms in the past. One even had a spinning wheel. As we are all in our 70’s now and they live in another state at this time, I do not know if they still have the looms. I have Items that were made on the looms that I still enjoy. Enjoy your new toy.

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