Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The second "homework" assignment I had was building a larger loom. This is not a beginner's class and it required knowing how to warp a floor loom. I've never done that (yet!), but talked with the instructor about using a tapestry loom. She was game. So this weekend for Valentine's Day my husband and I built another loom that's 28" x 33". It's amazing how big it is once we brought it in. I'm calling it the "big sis" to the other loom!
It's a basically one of Archie Brennan's student pipe looms, but I added the leashing unit to the smaller pipe loom. I did make one change. I knew I would need to warp this for a continuous warp and wasn't sure that I liked the loom sitting on the warp and eventually the weaving, so I used tees (instead of elbows) and 2" of pipe at the bottom to create feet for the loom. It actually made warping the loom easier because the spool could pass under the bottom pipe without lifting the loom. I've warped it for 16" wide and thinking there is about 40-44 inches available in length. Now I've still got to put on the leashes, foundation and header, but I'm relieved this much is finished!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Then it struck me to try a different texture for each block and elminate the grout lines. I found in Kathe Todd-Hooker's Tapestry 101 a number of variations on soumak. I tried those and think I've found 4 textures that will work. Enough so that I picked out one yarn color and ordered them from Norsk Fjord Fiber. (Can I put in anymore plugs???) With all the colors of the slate, I decided on a nice neutral gray! You'd be amazed how much of it ends up in my house! It only took a day and the yarn is here!