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« on: May 02, 2007 05:09:26 PM »

I bought this loom last week, and today, in a fit of determination, I carried it from my car, up the stairs and into my apartment. Now I just need to learn to use it!

It's an 8 harness Gilmore "Sample Loom" that used to belong to Mr Gilmore, himself. I should quit posting and go play with it!


I also bought all her accessories. I think I have enough to be weaving for awhile...


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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007 05:57:15 PM »

OooOoOoOooo  A new toy! Have loads of fun Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2007 05:55:43 AM »

Great Scotts!!  What a wonderful loom!!!  I am green with envy thinking of all the wonderful things you are going to create with that stash!

Please take lots of pictures of your progress and share the experience as you learn.  I'm always looking for tips and ideas.
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2007 10:07:03 AM »

I am so jealous. Loom envy strikes. I haven't even looked at the loom sitting folded up in my living room since I got it...need to go look at that...
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2007 12:40:57 PM »

I'll post pictures. I am working on warping it right now. I hope I am doing it right! I had to throw out a handfull or two of the warp that was already on the loom, and I'm doing it backward from what I learned on the net...I can't wait to use up her warping on practicing so I can start my own from scratch!
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2007 05:58:42 PM »

So, here is what I have woven so far. I would really like to know how to take this off the loom so I can make my own stuff...I can't find directions on the net. Help?



I have more pictures but photobucket has gone funky.
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2007 07:05:46 PM »

That's beautiful!!!   I've only ever used a lap loom that I made myself but this fascinates me!! 
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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2007 08:05:23 PM »

I need a lot of practice...
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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2007 03:20:18 AM »

I think you usually just roll it up on the .. thingy... so you won't have to re-tense the threads again, because it's hard to get them perfectly even. Just roll it up and roll up some of the thread too (warp thread..? can't remember the english name!) so you'll have enuogh distance to finish off both that and "your own" project.. Smiley
Then you just start weaving. Once you've weaved off all your warp(?) thread, with multiple projects, that's when you start removing it from the loom.

You can ofcourse do it earlier, but then every time you take it off, you'll need to re-tense the threads... which is a pain... never done it myself, but it's not an easy job according to everyone I know who've ever done it Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2007 09:23:52 AM »

That's the trouble, I want to change the warp and start an all new project. The warp is lovely, but it has a lot of noils, and I would like to try something a lot more even so that I can see how I am doing.

BUT since I don't know how to finish off the project that is on the loom, I'm stuck! I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to just stop weaving and cut it off...
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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2007 09:46:25 AM »

hmm... well, I'll ask a friend to see if she can post something - she took a year of weaving Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2007 10:01:03 AM »

Actually, if you're done with your weaving and don't want to use that warp anymore you can just cut it off and remove it Smiley Umm.. I don't remember if it was best to start in the middle or from the edges. A few threads in from the edges I think was best.. You want to save a few at the edge so the whole thing just don't fall down. Then you cut a few to the left, then to the right, then left again and so on until you reach the middle, then you cut the one at the edges. You might be supposed to tie them after you've cut them so the weave won't fall apart. I'll try to make a picture if this is unclear Wink Unfortunately I can't consult my weaving books since I'm away from home at the moment..

Oh! one more thing.. It's hard to see what you're weaving. But when we were doing carpets and had thicker weft we finished the weave by weaving with the warp as weft for a couple of inches. I don't know if it is anything you want to do, but now I've said it at least Smiley

And I would advice you to get a book. Loan one from the library if you don't want to buy one. It helps a lot! Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2007 05:13:13 PM »

Ah. the library. I already checked for weaving books. And I looked at the bookstore too. Nada.I haven't been able to get to another library or bookstore. BUT your advice is helpful. I was just going to start cutting. it sounds like I would have had a nightmare! Thank you so much!  Let me try to post another picture. It really isn't anything, just a long length of practice fabric.
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« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2007 05:21:22 PM »

I've only tried weaving once when I was about 12. Good luck with your new toy! You practice fabric is pretty Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2007 06:10:33 PM »

I was originally going to just write...

We just cut the threads, and did a zigzag on the sewing machine.

Then I decided that a few more details might be in order.....This is how I was taught to finish a piece...There are several other ways too...

Finish your weaving.  If you want to put a border on, do it now.  Then use something fairly coarse, like rug yarn, and weave an inch or so of tabby with this.  This is not permanent.  Its just to hold things in place while you move things around.  Advance the finished work to allow yourself a couple of inches of warp where you will be cutting it. 

If you want to put a fringe on the finished piece, make sure you leave enough warp thread for that too. 

Pull enough warp through the loom so you don't lose any threads. You can also secure them with a pair of sticks. Since you are planning on sacrificing the rest of the warp, this is less important.

Cut your finished piece off.  Unwind and untie the starting end.  This is where you would tie the cut ends left on the loom to the bar.

Bring the finished weaving to the sewing machine, and do a small zigzag on the last "finished" weft thread on each side.  You might want to remove the rug yarn before you do this -- it depends on how good you are with a zigzag and how "slippery" the finished piece is.

If you don't have a sewing machine, I know some people use a hand stitch before they remove it from the loom.  I haven't ever done that.

You could also tie about every 1/4 inch of warp threads together to form a little fringe on each end. 

I know many people don't do any of this.  If you are planning on cutting the fabric to make something else, it doesn't make a lot of sense to spend too much time on what will be "scrap" anyway.

We also did that "sacrificial" coarse stuff at the beginning too.  It evens out the threads so they aren't so obviously in the groups that they are tied in.
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« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2007 10:38:42 PM »

Tabby?

I am a beginner. Like, no classes, no books, just one brief lesson once at the Ren Fair (just a couple of passes on the loom, really, not much of a lesson, enough to make me want more.) some time on my inkle loom,  and whatever i have gleaned off the internet.
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« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2007 08:16:17 PM »

Tabby is a plain weave (1 x 1). I use left over 1" strips of cloth at the beginning of my weaving (instead of coarse thread).
Nice beginning weaving.
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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2007 08:52:15 PM »

thank you *blush*
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« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2007 08:09:17 PM »

In my weaving class we were taught to weave in a few lengths of toilet paper tabby and then to cut it off... that way if you are going to fringe or sew the end of it you won't lose the tension that you had woven it at, it won't start to unravel on you or anything.  Then after you sew the edge you can pull out the toilet paper or if you are doing a fringe you can tear the paper a few inches at a time so if it takes you a while to do the fringe you can just do like an inch or two at a time and leave the rest ofthe paper in, and just keep tearing the paper off as you go... if it doesn't make sense thats probably b/c i'm not explaining it that well but let me know if it helps!
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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2007 09:02:03 PM »

Of course it does. Thank you.
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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2007 07:12:04 PM »

In my weaving class we were taught to weave in a few lengths of toilet paper tabby and then to cut it off... that way if you are going to fringe or sew the end of it you won't lose the tension that you had woven it at, it won't start to unravel on you or anything.  Then after you sew the edge you can pull out the toilet paper or if you are doing a fringe you can tear the paper a few inches at a time so if it takes you a while to do the fringe you can just do like an inch or two at a time and leave the rest ofthe paper in, and just keep tearing the paper off as you go... if it doesn't make sense thats probably b/c i'm not explaining it that well but let me know if it helps!

We usually used rags in our class for evening out things at the beginning just for the reusable-ness. Although, someone did a nifty project with toilet paper as a weft in a huck lace design. She just could never never ever wash it. Ever.
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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2007 05:40:24 AM »

wow i couldn't imagine using toilet paper for the whole weft... we use it in the begining as well as the end.... she taught us to use that instead of rags so that if we want to knot the ends of the finished piece we could just tear little parts of it out at a time so the rest of the piece would stay even and tensioned if we couldn't finish the knotting all at one sitting, but using rags would be way better and more enviromentally friendly, especially if you are going to sew the end to close it instead of knotting it Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2007 10:13:14 AM »

When my classmate used the TP for the weft, it was a small sample with the end of our warp after we finished our huck lace samples for class. I think that project was 6" wide and a foot long. Not very long.
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