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subloke
« on: April 03, 2008 07:54:30 AM »



I used some of the first 2 yarns I ever spun on my wheel to make this, which seemed appropriate for my first finished weaving project. 



It is far from perfect (or even "right") but as I always tell people who are stressing about getting their knit stitches perfect:  If you're producing a knit (or in this case woven) fabric and you're happy with it then it's right. 



It's too loose in some areas and too dense in others.  The selvedges are a mess. 

I love it. 

The popsicle stick rigid heddle I built myself held the warp yarns too far apart, which resulted in an uneven fabric (I think).  I've got an idea for a better homemade heddle, I'll give it a go on the weekend.  I also plan to make a trek out to the one store in the area that sells weaving equipment (that I know of.  Calgary weavers?  Any others?) and see if I can pick up a real rigid heddle.
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008 10:29:03 AM »

I love it!  The colors are beautiful and I love the fringe.  Very nice and looks comfy.

It sounds like you are learning so much so fast.  I look forward to your next project.  Hope you find exactly what you are looking for this weekend.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2008 11:49:14 AM »

It's lovely, an impressive first effort.  If I thought I could do half that well with Popsicle-stick equipment I would be thrilled out of my tiny mind.

In my area there are a lot of artists - they wouldn't say, "It's too loose in some areas and too dense in others.  The selvedges are a mess."
They'd say, "It's a one-of-a-kind, handmade by a singular artisan."
And then they'd charge ya double.

What did we do before Popsicle sticks?!?!?


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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2008 12:06:40 PM »

In my area there are a lot of artists - they wouldn't say, "It's too loose in some areas and too dense in others.  The selvedges are a mess."
They'd say, "It's a one-of-a-kind, handmade by a singular artisan."
And then they'd charge ya double.

Cheesy  Love this!  I'll have to remember that when I decide to sell my hand-woven loose weave messes shawls...  Cheesy


**Also, Thanks!  Cheesy  I can't wait to start on a new project. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008 05:49:32 PM »

Another first time weaver producing something so beautiful?  Way to go!!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2008 07:02:52 PM »

It is a beautiful shawl even with the uneven beat.

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2008 06:04:36 PM »

I love the color of your shawl. Still dream of getting a loom one day!
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