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francorios
« on: May 02, 2011 06:58:54 PM »

A sort of blog about my potholder loom adventure.

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011 07:01:28 PM »



From April 23 - Good purchase at the thrift store. 7 ounces of cotton yarn for 2 dollars US!



Great purchase! Avalon Weaving Loom #9922 for one dollar! Plastic loom, a bag of loopers, yarn, instructions. Looks like it was never used. Instructions are copyright date 1977. This is gonna be fun.

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011 07:10:09 PM »



From May 1 - Playing with the Avalon loom. Following the instructions I have been using the hook to weave through the loops and stretch the loops over the pegs.




Pop goes the potholder - As I tried to finish the edges of the piece, it popped off the loom and some of the loops are unweaving themselves.



Having seen Noreen Crone-Findlay's video on weaving on potholder loom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FC9_LpTLZs) I noticed Noreen used a chopstick to help stabilize the piece. So I thought I would use a chopstick to recover the piece. Here I have restored the weave using the chopstick to catch/hold the loops.




Here is the completed piece. As we see, the elastic of the loops reduces the piece about 50 percent. Time to start the next one.

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011 06:29:42 PM »

Good work, thanks for sharing.
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francorios
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2011 08:14:57 PM »



Once I finished the first piece with loopers, I decided to follow Noreen Crone-Findlay's advice and I ditched the loopers. Then I watched Noreen's youtube video on weaving the square loom with yarn.

See "How to weave with yarn on the potholder loom "
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FC9_LpTLZs

Above you see the work mostly finished. I'm using the wire hook because it comes with the kit. I did squeeze the hook with pliers to make it narrower. I am using 4 ply cotton yarn, a variegated color pattern and I lost the label so I don't know who the maker is.

Above I've laid out the yarn on top of the warp so I can be sure the next loop has the correct length.


Then I will move the end of the loop from the right side to the hook on the left side before pulling the yarn across.







The loop is pulled across. Following Noreen's advice I have kept some slack in the piece to prevent the weave from getting too tight to work.

And here it is all woven. Now to work on finishing the edges.

One thing worth mentioning. Usually people will ignore me when I weave on the train or the bus. This time when people saw the the potholder loom they wanted to talk about it. People had them as children or they just bought one for their children.

These little looms have touched people lives and they react emotionally when they see it.

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2011 08:38:30 PM »

I had one of these!  How cool!  Does it stay together well with the yarn?
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2011 09:33:57 PM »

I just started out. I haven't had a chance to work the potholders yet.

I'll let you know.

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francorios
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2011 09:31:29 PM »



Here's a pic of a potholder with a braided hanger loop.

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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2011 09:32:32 AM »

I've made a bunch of these with yarn as well and it is very fun and addicting. It helps that they work up so fast too! That yarn you are using looks just like some of what I have which is Peaches and Cream brand (or Sugar and Cream which looks the same).

I also used Noreens vids for help and they really are fantastic.
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francorios
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2011 08:08:34 PM »

Here is a couple more pics in another yarn.






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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2011 08:14:15 PM »

That's really cool!  I have one (left over from my childhood!) and I never knew you could use yarn on it! Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2011 09:05:04 PM »



Potholders are piling up!

Here are some of the potholders done on the square loom.

All done with cotton yarn. The corner loop is just a four strand braid.

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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2011 02:03:28 PM »

That's great!  What a fun thrift store find!
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2011 08:33:55 AM »

Nice work Francorios!  I use yarn on mine, but I make squares for blankets/rugs/pillows (as soon as I get a camera I'll post pics!)  I have used t-shirt yarn, plarn, and jute twine, but then my potholder loom is metal.
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