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Topic: Can I turn an Embroidery Frame (Scroll-Style) into a Loom?  (Read 1981 times)
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« on: December 06, 2009 03:09:47 PM »

I have a very simple scroll-style embroidery frame like this one:


I know that is what my grandmama used to make her rag rugs, but I am clueless!!  Do any of you wonderful, knowledgeable weaver-types have any advice you'd be willing to share on how to get this thing to resemble something to weave on?  I thought of putting nails in it, but I know that she didn't.  

Thank you for your time!


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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2009 09:43:08 PM »

You can turn simple frames into a frame loom.

Check out Marla Mallets website
A Simple Frame For Weaving Experiments (!)
http://www.marlamallett.com/loom.htm

Maybe this is what you are thinking of?

My first weaving was done on a picture frame.

Also check this website on Navajo weaving
Awesome pictorial of Navajo Loom Weaving
http://www.taostradingpost.com/weaving/loom.html

The style they use can be modified for rag rug.

Have a good day!
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009 09:03:42 AM »

Owilni!! Thanks for the info Franco!  those are some good sites. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009 12:36:44 PM »

You're welcome.

Did you ever get a chance to watch your grandmother weave a rug?

I was wondering if she actually used the scrolling dowels while weaving.

With a frame loome you don't usually scroll or wind up the warp and the weaving. You would weave to the limits of the frame size.

I don't know how tedious it might to actually use the scrolling action. I imagine it would be tighten up-weave-loosen-scroll-tighten up-weave some more.

After the holidays I might have to buy a scrolling emboidery frame and try it. You are not the first person to ask about this and I know the frame are not expensive.

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2010 05:52:56 PM »

Oh, boy.  Good question. I was only small the last time she made a rug, but I think she did.    from what I've read online though, seems she did more what's called twining.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2010 07:52:02 PM »

TWINING! Yes! That would work!

Check out this web page
http://craftydaisies.com/2008/07/23/how-to-make-and-use-a-floor-loom/

And this page on Craftster
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234435.0

Sorry for the delay in posting a reply.

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