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« on: April 25, 2012 04:01:55 AM »

Hi , I was keen to try tablet/card weaving so had to make a loom.
I first tried to make one out of a clipboard but found it was way too small.



so then a chair seemed like a possibilty



I managed to make a nice metre and a half of braid, but lets face it, not a very portable option....



then I tried using a stool, converted and now christened, the "ankle loom"



and found it was easier to use the coffee table to measure the threads



I used up all the blue white and green thread in the house and made a three metre length of braid



Eager to test my meager wood working skills, I made a small loom, based on a loom I saw a lady make with a spice rack and two toilet paper holder, aka the "bog loom" short for bog roll loom.



It actually works quite well, though I still need a ton of practice  Grin



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and last night I made about two metres of dark red and white, not photographed yet,



if you made it this far, well done!
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my 6th braid, 1.84 metres, made this weekend


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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012 04:42:45 AM »

That is quite a number of looms! You are very creative and determined it seems Wink Your braids are very nice. What will you use them for?
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012 04:57:24 AM »

thanks for the feedback  Grin
I have joined the SCA and am making some clothing and will use it as trim and belts.
I have sewn the first braid around the neck and wrists of a white linen under dress.
And possibly swap for things others make.
( ps I am trying to make mead and that will be fun too!)
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012 05:22:30 AM »

Some serious ingenuity on your part. Looks like you're having fun, too. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012 05:35:40 AM »

thanks!
I am having a ball  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012 05:39:26 AM »

I love that you took us through your trial and error process Smiley   The end result is great!  Can't wait to see more!
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2012 06:53:25 AM »

Hi NH82, thanks for the lovely comment, hope you are well  Grin
I am desperately trying to get my outfits ( 3) and accessories ready for this weekend, a medieval camp.
Would love to finish a belt, and head scarf at least, but am hoping to do some weaving on weekend also.
Will take pic of latest weaving and post, posted!
S
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2012 07:34:13 AM »

 I had no idea what this was so I kept asking myself where the cards went! LOL! Wow! What an undertaking. It turned out really neat. I would never have the patience. Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2012 08:28:15 AM »

lol, this is why I had to try it! I read about it and could not get my head around how the cards worked, I am more of a hands on person.
No one around me seemed to have tried it so with a lot of googling I gave it a go. Grin
Thanks for the feedback, and the only part you really need patience with is setting it up ready to weave. I couldn't believe the first time I tried threading up, it took me an hour!
It is really nice just rotating the cards and seeing the pattern come to life.
I am hoping to be able to make braid with a picture of a viking ship one day for a friend, lol, not skilled enough yet!
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2012 06:16:27 AM »

( ps I am trying to make mead and that will be fun too!)
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Mead is quite an undertaking. You'll need to give yourself lots of time! My fiance and I have so much mead fermenting in our kitchen right now -- it will be so strange next year to have them gone and have our floor space back!
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2012 02:45:01 PM »

I've heard/read wonderful things about the SCA. I'm impressed with your weaving. Inspiration! I want to learn to weave so bad and join the SCA, too. With their powers (of persuasion) combined... maybe I'll do them both together sometime! Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2012 07:05:44 PM »

thanks for the info PerfectlyBohemian, at the moment its just one large 5litre bottle fermenting on my bench and two boxes of empty bottles, but I can see how if the first batch works, I will be making more!
Do you have a prefered recipe?
Thanks for the feedback jexxican  Grin, I only joined the SCA in January after being interested for years, I am so glad I did!
If your interested, I have made a fair bit of garb also, and need to weave a whole lot more to decorate it with.
Last night I made a belt withe the dark red, I will post a pic,
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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2012 07:39:26 PM »

Heres a belt I just finished using the braid, I would like to have used a blue braid and embroidered more but I am running out of time, I need to wear it this weekend.

Took the pics over white linen under dress, which I have added my braid to at wrist and neckline, so you can see how I use it  Grin





I am pretty happy and looking forward to making some more braid this weekend.
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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2012 08:43:42 PM »

You are definitely a prolific weaver! Yet another craft I find fascinating but will probably never do Tongue

Love how you used your custom trimmings on you dress Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2012 06:49:49 AM »

I love how you employed just about every piece of household furniture in your quest for the perfect loom! The cord you wove is beautiful, and so intricate!

Also, that first loom, the clipboard one with the cards still in it, looks like a piece of art.
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2012 06:44:43 AM »

i love the weaving, its very interesting. i might have to try it at some point. out of curiosity (i may sound like a dummy, but google didn't help), what is the SCA you're all referring to? Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2012 01:42:51 AM »

thanks for the great feedback!
Firstly the SCA is the Society for Creative Anachronism, basically a group of people who like to get together to re-enact life in the middle ages, from the 6th to 16th centurys. So there is a lot of scope!
theres garb ( clothing ) all sorts of crafts, mead making, cooking, armour, archery, dancing, medieval music, pretty much any part of what normal life would be like , oops I nearly forgot, sword fighting and heavy armoured combat, which I find a lot of fun to watch!
I'll give you the link for the Australian group, but they are all over the world.
http://sca.org.au/
I have just returned home from the most amazing camping weekend with the local SCA group, so much fun!
rackycoo, lol, I think I have tried everything in my house to weave on hehe!
I wove a braid 184cm long on the weekend, mostly while watching the heavy fighters and chatting, so theres a few mistakes, but I wont be pointing them out hehe. It was good to practice anyway.
A gentleman has made me a lucit? not sure how to spell it, so I am learning that at the moment too.
I will be weaving him some braid in exchange.
I also saw the most awesome loom a lady had, but I still like mine as its the right size to sit on my knee and work on. She had a beautiful design.
Sorry to rabbit on! Just two quick things, am going to make a modification to the loom tomorrow, and also going to see my butcher about some bones to try my hand at making bone tablets/cards.
Cheers!
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A gentleman has made me a lucit? not sure how to spell it, so I am learning that at the moment too.

...and also going to see my butcher about some bones to try my hand at making bone tablets/cards.
Cheers!
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What is a lucit? You will be showing up the bones cards, right? RIGHT?
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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2012 08:11:10 AM »

that sounds way cool! theres a medieval faire a few hours from me every summer, i've always wanted to go. Grin make sure you show us the bone cards, those sound awesome.
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« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2012 03:34:26 PM »

Hi ScrappySue! I saw a pic of your clipboard loom and immediately knew what was going on! LOL  I'm a former SCAdian of nearly 20 yrs.

I've done my share of card weaving, both with starter "card" cards all the way through wooden cards. I did the majority of my weaving on an inkle loom but I did make a very special green belt (with middle eastern trim design) on a standing rigid heddle loom.

Your linen under dress looks wonderful! The belt is a perfect accessory. Smiley

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« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2012 05:19:57 PM »

thanks for the lovely feedback, what a delicious way to start the day  Grin

Hi jexxican, I will take a pic of the lucit, actually heres a link while I do
http://kws.atlantia.sca.org/photos/lucet/, and yes lol, when I make bone cards, I will post pics  Grin

Hi Rodelphia I would definately try the faire at least one, I bet you would have a ball!

Thanks LA-Fairy,  Grin

Nice to meet you TroubleT, I would love to see your work if you are interested in sharing! I have known of the SCA for a long time, but always thought I was too busy to join, I am kicking myself now, my kids would have loved it when they where little. I sat weaving at the fire yesterday morning while the children cooked marshmellows over the fire and played chasey, it was just delightful.
I would love an inkle loom, either I will attempt making one, or try and trade something for one.
I would have no idea yet how to use a heddle loom, your belt sounds awesome!
Thanks for the lovely comment, hope your day is wonderful!
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« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2012 07:15:49 AM »

It looks like you had a lot of fun trying out different 'looms' made with things around the house. The braids all look pretty.
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Your work looks lovely! I'm inspired by seeing all the process you went through to find your perfect loom, I'm still on the "tying the strings to tables and chairs" phase.
The linen dress looks wonderful and the red trim is a great detail, I hope you have a lot of fun at all the recreation events you attend with it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2012 04:07:08 PM »

Thanks for the lovely feedback!
I am still sewing away at my garb, I am now making some 14th century outfits.
I am having a ball at the events! and this month there is one a week! Yah!
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« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2013 05:42:43 PM »

omg, what a wonderful way to start the day!
Thanks so much!
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Those are some very pretty patterns!
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« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2013 06:18:38 AM »

Thank you!
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I'm so confused. How do you make such awesomeness?! *sneaks off to google, muttering about playing cards and looming*
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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2013 06:21:45 AM »

its great fun, if I haven't already, and if your interested, I can show you how to warp up really quickly using furniture.
I have finally bitten the bullet and am purchasing cards made of wood.
I used playing cards, then plastic credit type cards and then made some dreadful MDF ones.
The bone ones never eventuated because the dry bones I got felt so ick, like finger nails on a blackboard sound but in feel. If that makes any sense at all.
Hope you have fun!
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« Reply #31 on: November 08, 2014 01:35:31 AM »

I've just started tablet weaving so watching those progress pictures was great. Smiley Thanks for the inspiration!
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