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« on: February 11, 2009 10:52:28 PM »

....but I think I bought the wrong kind. I think mine is a tapestry loom but I want to make purses and placemats mainly. I like the look of weavesings that show both warp and weft, but on the tapestry frame loom that I have, I can only get the horizontal color to show up (whichever it is, warp or weft).
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2009 10:59:10 AM »

Well, do you have a picture?

It's also completely feasible to make placemats and purses using a tapestry loom as far as I'm aware (and you can even make freeform designs more easily with a tapestry loom). 
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2009 06:25:01 PM »

If you have a simple frame loom, then it is likely that the pegs for warping it are fairly far apart.
Perhaps 4 pegs or fewer to the inch.  With this kind of spacing it is likely that your weft (the horizontal part) is going to show more than the warp.

There a few ways around this...

1) Make sure your warp is very thick and don't pack the weaving tightly

or...

2) make several passes over each peg while winding the warp.  so instead of one or two threads per peg, you might have 4 or 8.  This is a bit trickier to start weaving with, but once you get it established, you should be able to do weaving that shows more of the warp.  when starting on a frame loom this way, it is helpful to do a couple of twining rows first to space the warp evenly.  Here is a link that shows a picture for twining.

http://www.marlamallett.com/ef-twini.htm
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009 01:42:41 AM »

Kbird- The loom doesn't have pegs, it has slots...I'm assuming that makes a difference?
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2009 12:55:15 PM »

Pegs or slots... I believe the same theory would apply...
Slots might be a bit harder to accommodate..., but I don't think it would be entirely necessary to use the slots even... they are there to help you establish spacing for
your warp.  So... you could use the slots, but also have multiple warp threads between each slot.

How long of a warp can you use with this loom?  If you have some threads in the slots and some not, then when you advance the warp it might play heck with your tension, depending on how tight of a tension you are trying to maintain.

Or, if your slots will accommodate multiple threads, put 2 or more threads in each slot, and use twining to establish your warp spacing.  It is not absolutely necessary to do the twining, but it does make things a LOT easier.  It is also something that can be removed when you pull it off the loom if you didn't want the twining to be present in your finished product.

What kind of harness system do you have on this loom?  If you are doubling the warp count, that is also a consideration, and some of those rigid harness looms have a fixed harness frame... Do you have a picture you can reference for this loom type?  I'm sure I'm munging a couple of the "technical" weaving terms here...
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