A pleasing turnout for this session. We also welcomed three new members (** see below re membership/workshops) to our small Guild which is very good.
There were a few different small looms being demonstrated on.
There was a short demonstration of basic pin loom weaving. This is a very quick and simple way to do small patchwork pieces that can be sewn together to make larger pieces.
There is a basic pattern on the pin loom .
then there are other patterns such as a herrringbone
One of the good things is that as you weave, the bottom of the warp fills up as you weave the top bit. You can easily make a 6″ square in 15 minutes! It’s also something you can put down and pick up at any time without worrying where you’re up to!
For more complex patterns, Weave-it Weaves can be downloaded here.
Mary demonstrated weaving on the inkle loom. She told me that her husband had made this in hardwood for someone who then decided they wanted it in softwood. Thereby Mary inherited this by default and had to go to the library to learn how to use it. I think she’s mastered it well!
Anne showed us how to weave on the Zoom Loom
Can’t remember the name of this modern version but we used to do it on a wooden cotton reel with four nails stuck in the top, sitting in front of an open fire, listening to the wireless…..oh, those were the days…….. and it was called French Knitting then!
Just a few of my more rustic ones
After a busy morning and lunch, some relaxed knitting and spinning whilst others carried on weaving.
If you decide you want to get your own pin loom, they are easy enough to make. If you do decide to buy one, be selective- some look very nice but are expensive, others are more basic/rustic but work just as well. If you want to join an online group, there are many. I joined this facebook group and also got my loom from Julie Kernow who is Admin on that page. She has some for sale now.
Here are just a few things I found online that can be made from pin loom squares- there are many more inspirational items out there. Click on an image for a slideshow.
Just a few more photos from the day.Click on a picture for the slideshow
If anyone wants to look into small looms further, here is a link at aLoomaNation with downloadable manuals and patterns.
*Reminder that the 21 June session is ‘Show and Tell Equipment’. Please bring your unusual, or handmade, or exotic, or strange, or even weird equipment to show us!
**Unfortunately, we have to limit the Dyeing Picnic in July, and the Nuno felting in September, to existing members only.