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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Tranquil tapestry weaving on: March 23, 2010 06:50:11 AM
very beautiful!  what will it be when it grows up?
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! *sitting in a chair glaring at my kromski loom still in box* on: September 28, 2007 08:21:43 AM
you could try contacting the group because many times the members are widespread and maybe one of the members lives near you and would like to have someone close by too.  Just a suggestion.
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! *sitting in a chair glaring at my kromski loom still in box* on: September 25, 2007 11:37:03 AM
Thought I'd add that the yarns I first started out with as warps are carpet warp (cotton) like this http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/products.asp?dept=329  and Harrisville yarns (wool) like these  http://www.harrisville.com/html/yarns.html   (scroll down a bit to the Classic Line for Weavers, either the shetland or the highland style).

The Harrisville colors are amazingly beautiful.  They may feel a bit stiff and wimpy right off the cone, but once washed and dried, it is heavenly!  I used it for baby blankets for my kids.  You can get a color card from them too.  The yarns plump up beautifully.

I only used the cotton once (I'm a wool girl, myself Smiley ) but I doubled the strands in every "space" and used single strands in the "holes" and then doubled the weft.  I don't have any pics of the finished piece but it did make for a nice fabric.  A friend wanted a pink, she said "like the breast cancer pink," shawl/warp.  She didn't like wool and really wanted cotton.  I found the carpet warp and the ladies at the store I bought it from said it washed up lovely and not stiff and carpet-y at all.  They were right.  the resulting shawl/wrap (what do you call it? Smiley ) was beautiful and soft when all done.  But, and its a big but, I was so sick of looking at all that pink on the loom Smiley  I kept telling people that it looked like my loom had thrown up Pepto Bismal Smiley

I haven't really done much weaving with my own handspun yet, mostly because I only have around 140 yards or so of any given color.   I have heard from some people who do not "set" their handspun if they are going to weave with it so that it can "bloom" when the fabric is set.  But, I have heard of weavers that always set their handspun too so I guess like all of our fiber pursuits, we can just practice, experiment and do what ever we want Smiley

You've made me realize that it has been awhile since I wove on my Harp and maybe I should get my butt in gear Smiley  Thanks!
--chipp
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! *sitting in a chair glaring at my kromski loom still in box* on: September 22, 2007 04:33:22 PM
Don't glare at the Kromski  Wink  She will treat you well, I promise!  Smiley  I own the 32" Harp and absolutely LOVE it. 

It should have come with a vhs or dvd that will show you how to put it together and how to warp it.  Throw that in the appropriate machine and give it a watch. 

Then once you have it put together, if you still don't have an exact project in mind to start, put any old warp on there and just start weaving.  think of it as practice and learning.  You don't have to do anything with the resulting fabric, but you just might be surprised and love what you get.  My big tip would be don't put a warp on that's too horribly long.  That way you won't feel like you have to weave something that you hate forever.  But at the same time make it long enough that you can play with some various weights of yarn just to see what you get.

Heck, you already amazed us with your rainbow coat, I have a feeling that it won't be long and you'll be knocking us over with an amazing piece of woven fabric!!!

Good luck and quit glaring!  Smiley
--chipp
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paranoid about my rainbow coat- need input on: September 22, 2007 04:25:30 PM
Big Huge Congrats to you!!!!
--chipp
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paranoid about my rainbow coat- need input on: September 04, 2007 08:05:52 AM
I would totally drive it there myself, too (if you need another nudge in that direction Smiley )
--chipp
7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Weave-It Square on: August 21, 2007 12:16:23 PM
What a beautiful square!  Congrats on the new obsession, I mean hobby Smiley
--chipp
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: 3/1 Twill Scarf on: August 20, 2007 05:45:43 PM
beautiful!  great job!
--chipp
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: **Edit** I BOUGHT a Baby Wolf!!! **Edit** on: August 19, 2007 06:24:22 PM
Yea!!!  Congrats on your new baby! Smiley

Here's to many, many happy weaving days!!!
--chipp
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Loom Recommendation for an Absolute Beginner on: August 16, 2007 06:16:14 AM
I have a Kromski Harp, a rigid heddle loom with a warping board on the back (very handy!) and it folds up.  It's a very easy loom to use (as are all the rigid heddle looms).  I also have a tri loom and a square loom from Hazel Rose Looms which are very easy to use (no warping required). 

Good luck starting your new obsession, I mean hobby Smiley
--chipp
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