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Monday, August 29, 2011

If necessity is the mother of invention...

I can say I'm giving it a pretty good work out!  I decided to weave a "wrap " (I dislike that word...too old for me) for a late September wedding.  Since I have a project on my floor loom, my mind began to wander-thinking of how else I could facilitate my desire with my loom already in use.  I thought of using a large picture frame-into  which I would have to hammer nails.  Not good.  I could cut some wood and make the frame myself-too much work!  Other ideas came to mind and left as swiftly as my children are able to devour a bag of sun dried tomato and basil potato chips I purchased over the weekend....

Finally, after walking past my floor loom, I spied my 2 raddles!  This is what I came up with...

My new, no cost to me loom!

This is a 4 X 6 sheet of particle board-to which I have screwed my 2 raddles!  I strung my warp directly on the nails of the raddle and started weaving.  I'm using my own handspun and/or hand dyed single strand yarns.  The list of yarns-A deep purple mohair single, dyed some time ago with Log wood, multicolored bamboo single, a natural colored taupe Alpaca single and from my friend Annie the Romney, a lilac single strand.  I love all these yarns together.  When I put all the skeins next to each other, it instantly felt harmonious.  So, without further ado, I  started weaving.  There's only one problem.  I don't like!  This project was in as simple as can be my head.  Just a loose, plain weave with beautiful, harmonious, luxurious fibers.  But when I look at what is already woven, I fall completely
out of love.

Partially woven wrap I don't like!

So now, the whole contraption is sitting on my living room floor.  It's waiting for me to make some momentous decision, some small change (that does not involve ripping it out and reweaving it!), that will make me fall in love with it all over again... I am wishing myself luck...!

Here is the dress that goes with the 'wrap'.  Maybe now it will make more sense.


  1. What bothers you about it? I like but I didn't have what you had in your mind.

  2. I'm not even sure what I had in mind... I'm wondering if it shouldn't have been knit or felted.. Just sort of in a quandary. The dress is sleeveless and very feminine. Maybe the 'wrap' is just too linear.

  3. Your right. Love the dress. Not with the wrap.

  4. Actually, I like it, but maybe for that pretty dress you need the weave to be much looser. Just a thought.

  5. After I began to watch the web emerge, I wondered if a knitted lace pattern would have worked better. However, I don't have time to knit this.

    Another thing to consider too... when i'm done weaving this and take it off the 'loom', it will loosen up. I suppose I will continue weaving and see what happens. The worst that can come of it is that I take it all apart... Yikes! lol


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