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« on: July 31, 2012 11:53:40 AM »

Finally!  at long last! It's done!  I've been working on putting this together for far to long.  I called this scarf the Rider Prider scarf because the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football team (CFL) wears these colors.  Go Riders, Go!

Rider Prider scarf by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Rider Prider scarf by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Anyway onto the good part.  The how to!

What you will need: 

~1 Large piece of lumber (mine is a 2x8, about 7 feet long.  Any size will do, so long as it will give you the size of scarf you want.  You can find warped pieces at construction sites, just ask if you can have it.  Or of course you can buy one)
~36 screws that only have the threads up part of it. (you can find ones like this at the hardware store)
~ a skein or ball of yarn, thicker chunkier yarns work better. (The yarn I used here was a bit to thin for this loom, but it gave a nice loose weave)
~ A shuttle  (you can make one of these too)
~ Lots of time

Step one:  Make your loom.
  With a power screwdriver, put 18 (or how many ever will fit on your board) screws on each end, evenly spaced.

Close up of the screws by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Step two:  Warp your loom. 
It's as easy as tying one end around your first screw, and walking the yarn to the other end of the loom, and wraping it around the first screw on that end, and repeat the process across all the screws.  Tie the yarn off on the last screw.  PULL EACH THREAD TIGHT  This is important!  If they aren't tight, the weaving will be a royal pain.  I promise.

Plank loom warped by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Step 3:  Make a shuttle
You can make your shuttle out of anything that is fairly firm.  Double piece of tissue box, the card board you get in a package of shirts, something like that.  Or you could get a thin piece of wood (like veneer thickness) and use a jigsaw to cut it out.  You would need to do some sanding if you do it this way though.

shuttle template by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Step 4 : Wrap your shuttle!
Just wrap your weft yarn around the shuttle the long way.
Don't fill it this full.

The shuttle is to full. by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Or this will happen.  And you don't want this to happen.

This is what happens when the shuttle is to full by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Step 5: Weave! 
For this one I did a basic over under simple weave pattern.  Of course you could choose to do a over two under two, or some over two under one type weave too. 

Over under over under by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Step 6: Tie off
I simply tied two side by side strands together, leaving a fringe. 

Close up of fringe by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Step 7:  Weave in the ends if you have some places where you had to fill the bobbin again. 
This can be done with a needle, it's the easiet way, I've found.  Just weave it as you would beside the yarn you are working with, for a bout and ich or two.  Cut off the excess close to the finished piece, being careful not to cut the fabric.  (unfortunately I didn't get a picture of this step.. Undecided Sorry!  I hope my words make sense!)

Step 8:  Wash!
Sometimes this step is overlooked, but a simple wash in a sink full of soapy water (some people like to use shampoo,  Or you can buy special fibre wash too.  Up to you.) and rinse will do.  Lay flat to dry.

Step 9:  Rock your new scarf!

Rider prider scarf by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And there you have it!  That's how it's done.  Now, does anywone want to do a weave along using this tutorial?  It would be really awesome!

UPDATE!!

I came up with a way to make the weaving go faster!  Makeshift Heddles!
Basically you just take something hard and stick like (In my case, giant zip ties.  It was what I had around.)  Maybe a dowel, knitting needle, something that is slightly longer then your weaving.  And alternating warp threads,  tie a rather large loop around the warp, and one around the dowel/stick like thing.  So when you lift one Heddle, one set of strings lifts, and when you lift the other heddle, the other set of strings lift!  Here's a series of pictures capturing what I just wrote Smiley


Plank weaving with makeshift heddles by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Makeshift Heddles by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Makeshift heddle in action by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


makeshift heddle in action by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

The finished scarf in the above pictures can be found here







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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012 12:10:27 PM »

This is gorgeous, Belladune. Did you spin the yarn, too? I LOVE the look of the finished product.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012 12:12:55 PM »

Thank you!!  You bet I spun the yarn!  It's a bamboo corespun, on a crochet cotton core. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2012 12:33:22 PM »

This is beautiful!  And you make it look so easy!  I may need to try this...
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012 01:07:20 PM »

I think I need to make a loom and weave some scarves now. My to-do list gets ever longer thanks to awesome Craftsters like yourself who happily share their knowledge  Grin

Your yarn & the resulting scarf are beautiful  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2012 01:25:05 PM »

Thank you Aislyn and Kookaloo!  Happy to inspire!
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2012 01:55:31 PM »

Beautiful Bella! The colors you used are so striking together. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012 04:35:28 PM »

Omg, how cool is that?!  What an amazingly lovely scarf!  I absolutely adore it!  I so want to annoy my husband by bringing a large piece of wood into our tiny apartment!  lol!!!  I would so love to do a weave-a-long!  I'm not a knitter or a crocheter (yet), but I can totally handle this technique!
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2012 04:40:24 PM »

Love it! It's so cool that you spun your own yarn, too.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2012 04:47:46 PM »

Thank you, all!

Jillybeans, I spent most of my time weaving on it with the board up against the wall, sitting in a chair.  So it only took up about 1 squarefoot of space most of the time.  Mind you it still takes up that much space, but it's not to to much room after all Grin Wink
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