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« on: July 14, 2008 03:40:52 PM »

I am stretching the truth by calling this a 'completed project'...as you can tell by the pencil that is holding the weaving up!  I haven't finished it because I'm torn between getting a piece of doweling to hold it or trying to feed a 'twig' of some sort through.  I'm leaning towards twig, but it is the more ifficult option I think...if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them!

This is my first non-functional (unless you count decorating my wall as a function!) fingerweaving project:



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The colours are a little more accurate in the second picture...I realized today they are kind of 'ninja turtle' colours!

 
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2008 03:53:02 PM »

Haha... Wow! That is awesome. Also... TMNT is pretty awesome, so I can see why you 'd want that on your wall (intentional or not!) Decorating IS a function... xD I like!
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2008 04:16:36 PM »

cool! personally, i love the colors, but then i haven't seen ninja turtles in approximately ever. say, where'd you learn that, btw? i've seen it mentioned in weaving books, but never in depth.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2008 04:22:45 PM »

I love it - very tribal!
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2008 05:15:02 PM »

Wow!  That's pretty awesome!  I fingerweave belts for our traditional outfits all the time, but I've never attempted a piece so wide.  How'd manage to hold all of that and not make a mess?
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2008 05:20:40 PM »

Glad you like it in spite of its ninja turtle-ness!

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where'd you learn that, btw? i've seen it mentioned in weaving books, but never in depth.

I work at a museum where I do artisan demonstrations sometimes...I learned how to do it so it because it is a traditional way to weave 'sashes' (basically long, tie-up belts) that became popular in Canada during the Fur Trade era.  There are 'how to' books...if you're interested I can post the names!

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I fingerweave belts for our traditional outfits all the time, but I've never attempted a piece so wide.  How'd manage to hold all of that and not make a mess?

That's great that you fingerweave too!  I get the impression that there aren't a lot of people who do!  I just hold one side at a time, so it's only half the strands in your hands at one time.  While you're weaving it doesn't matter if things get tangled, as long as they don't get knotted...I hope that makes sense!
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2008 08:28:37 PM »

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I work at a museum where I do artisan demonstrations sometimes...I learned how to do it so it because it is a traditional way to weave 'sashes' (basically long, tie-up belts) that became popular in Canada during the Fur Trade era.  There are 'how to' books...if you're interested I can post the names!

you know how lucky you are to work at such a museum?

and heck yeah, a list of recommended books would be excellent!

:making plans to add to extensive belt collection:
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2008 03:53:13 PM »

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and heck yeah, a list of recommended books would be excellent!

I think the best one to start is 'Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding' by Alta Turner
http://www.amazon.com/Finger-Weaving-Braiding-Alta-Turner/dp/0935741135/ref=pd_bbs_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216161473&sr=1-3

There are some more complex patterns in 'A Manual of Fingerweaving' by Robert Austin
http://www.amazon.com/Manual-Fingerweaving-Robert-J-Austin/dp/192957200X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216161473&sr=1-2

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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2008 04:26:46 PM »

Happy weaving!

thank you thank you!
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2008 03:43:51 PM »

This is insanely beautiful! I was intending to ask how many fingers you have Smiley
I haven't fully grasped your description, but I might give it a try. I have only made a small band so far and liked the technique a lot. Any chance of a progress picture?
And yes, decoration is a function, I agree with that Smiley
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