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Lufah
« on: December 02, 2008 11:10:29 AM »

So, this summer I put this insanely long warp on my loom, with the intention of weaving a really long piece of fabric using some handdyed alpaca yarn.  Of course, I instantly got bored with it and set it aside until a few days ago.  Sick of having my loom occupied with this stupid project, I decided to go ahead and finish weaving with the weft that was loaded onto my shuttle.  So, I did that, and wound up with a wrap sized piece of fabric.  I forgot to measure it, but it's probably about 18 inches wide or so.





After I finished up with my alpaca yarn, I still had a ridiculously long chunk of warp left.  So, I got out some handdyed yarn samples I dyed a long time ago, when I was first experimenting with dyeing yarn.  The yarn is all various Henry's Attic yarns, from cotton to rayon to silk, alpaca, wool, etc.  I tied a bunch of the samples end to end, and then started weaving with that.  I wove until I used up the rest of the warp.  Here's the end result:









You can see in that last pic that I didn't get nice straight edges like I did with the alpaca, but I assume that that's because I was using so many different varieties of yarn.  Anyway, it's all good.  I really adore the way this came out (and I quite like the alpaca one, too!).  It was a lot of good food for my ADD soul to be incorporating so many different types of yarn into one piece.  It was also nice to be able to put these samples to good use.  I have a lot more of them, too, so I see more crazy yarn sample weaving in my future!

Oh, just in case anyone cares, these were both woven in plain weave on my 32" Ashford rigid heddle.  I just love plain weave.  It makes all my fancy, loud, obnoxious yarns happy.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008 11:32:52 AM »

Both pieces are absolutely beautiful. That is one skill I probably won't ever be able to learn so I appreciate woven work. Simply lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008 11:46:00 AM »

These are beautiful. Your pictures make me want to learn how to weave.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008 11:49:32 AM »

Those are both gorgeous and look so perfect!!! I am in love with the second one!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008 02:49:22 AM »

Both are beautiful !
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008 05:34:45 AM »

Both of them are beautiful.  I love the second one the most.  The weaving is excellent.  I want to be that good some day.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008 07:21:05 AM »

Thanks, everyone!  As always, I heartily encourage anyone who has an interest in weaving to give it a try, if possible.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2008 03:09:29 AM »

Thanks, everyone!  As always, I heartily encourage anyone who has an interest in weaving to give it a try, if possible.  Smiley
I totally second you with this ! Weaving is so relaxing ! I have the same loom as you and I do love plain weave too ! I bought the second heddle kit (and heddles of course) but I haven't tried multiple heddles weaving yet because I am so happy with how plain weave enhance my handspun yarns. You should see me weaving and speaking to myself things like "OMG I' making fabric...".  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2008 06:58:24 AM »

Lovely work!  I just learned how to weave (on a rigid heddle) about 3 months ago, and so I'm still trying to figure out a lot of things.  One thing I seem to have troubles with is choosing the correct heddle EPI.  With your two projects, which heddle did you use?

(Forgive me if my "lingo" is not quite right - I'm still learning  Smiley )
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2008 12:39:51 PM »

Did the alpaca pull in any more or less than a wool of similar weight?  Seems like a good opportunity to compare.
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