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« on: December 04, 2005 12:22:33 PM »



Story time.

I'm part of an International Scarf Exchange at the moment. It's really cool and people should join in the next one ANYWAY! The point is I really, really, REALLY like this scarf someone weaved for the exchange and I would like to learn how to make my own.

So my question is what do I need and what do I need to learn in order to make a scarf like this?
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hyerac
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2005 02:53:35 PM »

The picture's not working...  Huh
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2005 03:18:15 PM »

hmm yeah the pictures wierd. But get this: when I right click it the click on properties, and go to the link it give, it shows it fine, and then when I come back to the post it shows the picture even though it would before!!! I've seen that happen a lot, too. *shakes head in confusion* Unfortunatly I have no help for you, becuase what I thought at first was knitting was weaving! oops. Sorry I couldn't help. But now maybe other could now that I've figured out the picture problem? its a pretty scarf.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2005 05:32:22 PM »

First, the good news:  the scarf appears to be done in plain weave, which can be produced many different ways.  So, before I launch into too many explainations, allow me to ask a question: would you like to be able to make other items beyond scarves (if yes, what else)?
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2005 06:18:12 PM »

Considering all the other addictions I have I'm thinking of keeping myself to just weaving rectangles at the moment. I'm thinking scarves, belts, and possibly rectangles long and wide enough to sew into purses.

And the picture is acting odd for me too. The heck?
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2005 08:20:08 PM »

In addition to the yarn used in the scarf, you'll need a loom of some sort.  In one style of weaving, the loom has a frame that holds tension on the yarn.  In another manner of weaving, you are a part of the loom, holding the tension yourself, with your body.  If you think you'll be interrupted often or will need to be able to put your weaving down/away quickly, you'll probably want a frame loom.

Are you interested in creating your own loom?  I can give more details if you're interested in that route.  If not, I'd suggest looking in "educational toy" stores for something like the Harrisville Easy Weaver:
http://www.harrisville.com/html/ewa_ewb.html
or, for a "backstrap loom" kit.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2005 08:42:45 PM »

Oh yes, a frame-loom sounds just like I need. Considering I have about three different projects going no matter what I'll need to be able to put it down.

And I would LOVE to find out how to make one!
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2005 10:10:33 PM »

Update:  here are 2 sets of plans.  I'm still looking for the plans/description I've seen which I think will be best for something of length, like a scarf, but these are something to look at for now:
http://www.hallnet.com/build.html
http://www.marlamallett.com/loom.htm
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2005 02:33:03 PM »

An update:  still not able to locate the website I remember; so, I may need to write out the instructions as best I can . . .
In order to weave something the length of a scarf, you'll either need a really long loom (the length of your scarf plus some extra distance)--which isn't the most practical option--or a loom that holds the extra length of yarn (extra beyond what the working area of the loom holds).

One option for a loom that can hold the extra length of yarn is to build a frame loom similar to the ones I linked above, but warp it differently. (I am still hoping to find the website to describe this method.)

Another option is to build a frame loom with rollers on the ends that hold the extra length of yarn.  You have to be able to lock the rollers in place in order to weave.  Large dowels work as the rollers, and attaching them with screws is the simplest way that allows you to loosen and to lock them.  If this option sounds of interst, I can try to explain it better . . .

One other loom building option is one I've only seen in my head--may not be the best to attempt at the moment Wink
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2007 10:53:01 AM »

 Oooh, Annalou, can you please explain more? Tongue I really want to build my own loom, but I have no idea how to go about making the rollers at the ends.
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