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21  Clipboard Loom in Weaving: Completed Projects by francorios on: January 27, 2010 07:58:57 PM


Here is my clipboard loom.

I was inspired by the Carol Ventura article "Sashes of the TOBAS of ARGENTINA"  http://iweb.tntech.edu/cventura/pickup.html showing how to weave with pickup patterns and warp floats on a small frame loom, I knew that would be part of the fiber adventure.

The frame loom described made me think of a clipboard, so I took a clipboard and made it into a loom that you see above. You can read details on my blog.
http://francosfiberadventure.blogspot.com/2010/01/clipboard-loom-toba-sash-inspired.html





Here is the first finished band, 18 inch long, about 5/8 to 3/4 inch wide, using 17 wpi cotton thread. The upper part of the band in the picture shows where I began, just fooling around and the lower part is when I figured out the warp floats.

This loom also passed the public transit test. I used it to weave on the bus on my way to work.

Have a good day!
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22  Sprang - A Twisted Adventure in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios on: January 10, 2010 11:09:09 AM


I've been playing with technique called Sprang. It's an old craft, possibly older than knitting, that involves twisting strands between two supports to make bags, hairnets, sashes, even hammocks. Examples of sprang have been left by Vikings, ancient Egyptians, and ancient Peruvians.

I started working on small pieces for practice and now I'm working my way up to larger pieces.

You can read more about my sprang adventure on my blog
http://francosfiberadventure.blogspot.com/search?q=sprang

Have a good day!
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23  Re: Fingerweaving in Weaving: Completed Projects by francorios on: November 22, 2009 12:35:30 PM
I'm planning to use the cords as handles on other weaving projects, like handle for small bags or purses.

Orginally I was going to use these cords as extensions for the pull cords on a ceiling fan, but my lovely wife wants to do something else.

You can weave wider pieces for use as belts and sashes.



This double chevron band finished six inches wide and about 3 feet long, plenty to make a few bags with.

In the books, people make belts, vests, even bedspreads.

Basic Book of Fingerweaving by Esther Warner Dendel
A Manual of Fingerweaving by Robert Austin
Finger Weaving-Indian Braiding by Alta R Turner.

It's worth trying out. I'm having a lot of fun with it.

The clipboard works fine for small pieces. Other people just use a safety pin to fasten to a cushion or the leg of their pants.

ETA: I think a person could make some nice bookmarks with crochet thread. Just have to use Fray Check or something fabric glue to keep the ends from unraveling? Or at least one end can be started by putting over a wire so that would be a neat selvedge on that end.

Have a good day!
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24  Fingerweaving in Weaving: Completed Projects by francorios on: November 22, 2009 11:09:45 AM


I've been fingerweaving on the train on the way to work. I didn't get any usable pictures on the commute, but here is a couple of items I've been working on.

Here is a rep braid (blue) next to a typical Peruvian flat braid style weaving (yellow). The yellow band is kind of a sampler, I shuffled the contrast threads around to vary the appearance of the pattern.

Below is the weave pattern called Peruvian rep braid, as you see the contrast threads move diagonally through the band. The braid is about one inch wide (12 strands of cotton yarn) and length is about 18 inch.

The best way to describe this is weaving without a loom.

Have a good day!



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25  Re: Fingerweaving!!! in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios on: November 22, 2009 11:07:31 AM


More finger weaving!
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26  Red/White Log Cabin Scarf in Weaving: Completed Projects by francorios on: November 11, 2009 07:32:52 PM


Log cabin scarf finished and ready to wear.



But first it had to be woven. This is a Schacht Cricket Rigid Heddle loom.



When change weft thread, I tried to switch on a pattern change. Ruler helps keep it same width.



Twisted fringe is a nice finishing detail.

I used the pattern from the Schacht website newsletter
http://www.schachtspindle.com/Newsletters/Newsletter2005Spring.htm
Directions are at the bottom. It shows how to weave a table runner, I changed dimensions 6" wide by 6 ft long for a scarf.

More pics and details on my blog:
http://francosfiberadventure.blogspot.com/2009/11/log-cabin-pattern-scarf-on-cricket-loom.html

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
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27  Fingerweaving!!! in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios on: October 14, 2009 08:09:58 PM
I've had a major distraction since last Friday.

My new BFF, Kurt aka loominaria, had a Cricket rigid heddle loom in need of a new home. He contacted me because we're in the same town. When I get to his place he gives me a box with the Cricket with all the heddles, a bag of cotton yarns in assorted colors, and a few books.

Now you're thinking I am going be distracted by the Cricket? Noooooo!

There is a book on tapestry weaving (cool!) and two books on finger weaving/handweaving (awsome!).

So I've been spending all my free time reading about fingerweaving and trying it out.



Basic Book of Fingerweaving by Esther Warner Dendel
and A Manual of Fingerweaving by Robert Austin
show a craft that is best described as weaving without a loom.



Here I am using a technique called Peruvian flat weaving to create a flat belt. You can hang your work on any handy peg or nail, or Dendel suggests using a clipboard for small practice pieces.



Here is some more of the first piece. I have another piece in progress that has more colors in it. There are more techniques in the books.



Here is another strap in progress. If these colors look familiar to you, I am using cotton yarn from my scrap bag which has bits and pieces from recently woven pieces.

I like fingerweaving!

If anyone has more info on this fingerweaving craft, please let me know!

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
francorios2000@ yahoo. com <-remove spaces for email
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28  Twining on a backstrap loom, also works on frame loom in Weaving: Completed Projects by francorios on: September 07, 2009 08:32:16 PM


I'm working on cotton washcloths on a backstrap loom. I'm experimenting with twined edge cords, weft stripes, and planning to experiment with other techniques. These little washcloths take about 4 hours from start to finish, and they are fun to experiment with.

The added bonus is having a small project with a defined purpose completed.

You can see some details about twining edges on a backstrap project on my blog.
http://francosfiberadventure.blogspot.com/2009/09/twining-edge-on-backstrap-loom.html

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
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29  Twining on a backstrap loom, also works on frame loom in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios on: September 07, 2009 11:35:51 AM
Someone on another forum asked about twining on a backstrap loom. Twining an edge creates a finished edge on a continuous warped piece. Here is a picture of a piece coming off the loom, you can see the finished edge on the right side.



I posted an article on my blog showing the different steps that I take to use a twined edge on a backstrap loom, which also works on a frame loom.

http://francosfiberadventure.blogspot.com/2009/09/twining-edge-on-backstrap-loom.html

Have a good day!
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30  Re: Backstrap Weaving In Progress in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios on: July 25, 2009 10:08:33 AM


Here we go, completed dishtowel!

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
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