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11  Re: Potholder loom adventure in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios 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 "

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.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
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12  Re: Potholder loom adventure in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios 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.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
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13  Re: Potholder loom adventure in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios 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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14  Re: Twined weft bag in Weaving: Completed Projects by francorios on: April 13, 2011 08:52:34 PM

Here is another twined bag I did on cardboard. Note: Multiple stripes is tedious.

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15  Re: Fiber Friday - December 3, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by francorios on: December 08, 2010 07:21:15 PM

Above picture: Left side yarn and window light, right side scarf and semi-shade on grass

Tips for photographing yarn. Don't use flash. Use natural light when ever you can. Get next to a window or outside in a semi-shaded area. Full sun may not look so good.

When ever possible get a good natural tone background like grass, bushes, sand, bark. My favorite is grass or bushes. The green tone seems to work well with digital cameras and their color correcting software.

I hope that helps.
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16  Twined weft bag in Weaving: Completed Projects by francorios on: November 16, 2010 07:50:00 PM

Twining has been on my fiber adventure list so I moved it to the top. This is the first part of a twined bag I am making. Twining is an old craft that can create fabric without a loom. Twining is usually started by stringing a line around two poles. I wrapped a string around some cardboard that is 8 1/2 by 11 inch. This makes it portable enough to carry. Then I attached some warp threads down with a larkshead knot or loop.

The first few rows I misread the directions and I twined around each warp with white yarn. Then I realized I was supposed to twine around warp pairs, so I started with the yellow yarn. You can see how the yarn is twining around the warp pairs in this picture. I twine all the way around both sides of the board so I will have a bag when I am done. The yarn is labeled Rug Crafter's Rug Yarn, 100% acrylic and I bought it cheap at the thrift store for this kind of project.

And here is another bag that I have started.

You can see more about the bag on my blog

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Franco Rios

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17  $2 Thrift Store Loom in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios on: September 20, 2010 10:05:14 PM

$2 Thrift Store Loom-part 1

Back to the fiber adventure. Above is a needlepoint stitching kit I bought for $2.00. It has a mesh background with a printed pattern to follow that is tacked to a wooden frame measuring about 10 inch by 8 inch on the outside. It includes over a dozen hanks of embroidery floss. I bought it to make a loom out of it.

Here is the wooden frame. I attached pencils with clear plastic tape to raise the warp and give me some room for tension adjustment. If the tension gets too tight, I'll remove a pencil to give some slack.

Here is the frame with a continuous warp of #10 cotton crochet thread, about 100 ends. I tried to weave some floss with a crosstitch needle. I quickly realized the warp was too close and many of the warps were crossed over each other.

The warp is wrapped around the front and back of the frame. I followed the warp around and around the loom making sure all the warps do not cross over the one next to it. Once it was straightened out, I set the cross using pencils and safety strings. The knitting needle was helpful in picking up threads.

Once the crossed warps are straightened out, I need ot spread out the warps. So I put three rows of twining on the warps. This spread the warps very well. You can also see the string heddle on a pencil.

In this picture you can see I am using the knitting needle to open the shed to make room for the ruler I am using for a shed stick. When I turn the shed stick it opens the shed (spread upper/lower warp apart) so I can push the shuttle stick, which is the pencil with the red floss wrapped around it.

Here you can see the pocket comb I am using as a beater to push the warp into place. Right now I'm getting a very uneven spread of weft, too far apart then very close. Very gauzy in spots so I now have one way of doing gauze which is on my list. I am thinking I should use double floss to fill in the weaving more.

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18  Structo loom in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios on: August 18, 2010 08:31:00 PM

This is a Structo Artcraft Loom I bought yesterday on Craigslist.

I've heard about these and now I have one. Now I have to find out how to weave on it.

It has the number 600-15660 written on it.

Another adventure.

I think I am missing handles for the beams. It's about 20 inch wide inside the harnesses.

Now I can do 4 harness weaving.

Just had to share.
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19  Re: Stick weaving in Weaving: Completed Projects by francorios on: August 14, 2010 06:39:57 AM

I've done a couple of sticking weaving pieces too. It's a very portable craft.

A "knitting loom" is like the "Knifty Knitter" device.

There is also a pegloom that is like stickweaving but uses more sticks.

More links:
Weaving Sticks, Finger Weaving & more

Also visit their Native American crafts files!

The Craft Ark - Weaving Sticks Video!

Northwest Journal - Finger Weaving (more like weaving than knitting)

Betty Chu is the manager of the web log of the
Northern California Angora Guild
An accomplished spinner and knitter,
Betty is experimenting with weaving.
See her adventures with stick weaving, peg weaving

And see her experiment with weaving a triangular shawl
on a square frame loom that use pegs (nails).

For other fiber links check out my web page

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20  Re: Sprang - A Twisted Adventure in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by francorios on: August 01, 2010 10:53:38 AM

Sprang Sweater - crafted by Carol James

The above sweater is not knitted, it is not crocheted, it is not woven. It is created with an ancient process called "Sprang", a form of oblique interlacing or plaiting.

Read more at the blog:

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