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« on: October 14, 2009 08:09:58 PM »

I've had a major distraction since last Friday.

My new BFF, Kurt aka loominaria, had a Cricket rigid heddle loom in need of a new home. He contacted me because we're in the same town. When I get to his place he gives me a box with the Cricket with all the heddles, a bag of cotton yarns in assorted colors, and a few books.

Now you're thinking I am going be distracted by the Cricket? Noooooo!

There is a book on tapestry weaving (cool!) and two books on finger weaving/handweaving (awsome!).

So I've been spending all my free time reading about fingerweaving and trying it out.

Basic Book of Fingerweaving by Esther Warner Dendel
and A Manual of Fingerweaving by Robert Austin
show a craft that is best described as weaving without a loom.

Here I am using a technique called Peruvian flat weaving to create a flat belt. You can hang your work on any handy peg or nail, or Dendel suggests using a clipboard for small practice pieces.

Here is some more of the first piece. I have another piece in progress that has more colors in it. There are more techniques in the books.

Here is another strap in progress. If these colors look familiar to you, I am using cotton yarn from my scrap bag which has bits and pieces from recently woven pieces.

I like fingerweaving!

If anyone has more info on this fingerweaving craft, please let me know!

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
francorios2000@ yahoo. com <-remove spaces for email
« Last Edit: January 31, 2011 03:44:22 PM by jungrrl - Reason: edited to comply with Craftster guidelines » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2009 11:07:31 AM »

More finger weaving!
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2009 11:42:00 AM »

I've done a little!  Grin The trouble is finding good yarn for it. The professionals often buy rug wool that is spun really, really tight. Sometimes they spin it themselves to get it tight enough. Those are beautiful pictures, people!
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2009 01:38:11 PM »

I've been using Peaches & Cream and Sugar and Creme worsted cotton yarns, they're about 12 wraps per inch in thickness.

Not expensive in USA and fairly smooth in texture. I know some backstrap weavers who really like it too.

Have a good day!

« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010 07:48:50 AM »

That looks very cool. I've tried finger weaving once but I'm keen to try it again once I find a wool that suits it

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