I'm Going To Teach Myself To Weave

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  1. Ina I. Wonder

    Ina I. Wonder Very Well-Known Member
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    Well my loom came in yesterday, and I'm putting it together today with the help of my friend Robin. Of course there are instructions that need instruction on how to read the first set of instructions. It is a 48" loom, and the wood is nude or is that natural? Everything has to be waxed as it is being assembled, and then I'll need to buy some soft furniture wax to finish it off.

    What are some brand names of fine furniture waxes? Anyone still use furniture wax? Pledge isn't what I'm looking for. I'll need to go get something in the morning, so I can finish the loom.

    I hope to find a yarn store sometime in the next week, and see just how much it is going to cost to set up a small inventory of warp and weft yarns.

    Please send me some patience.
     
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    Good luck, Ina! I probably wouldn't get past the instruction phase but I have little patience except with the grandsons. For some reason I can spend a whole day helping the 4 yr old put a lego set together by "himself".
     
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    I can't help you with the furniture wax, Ina. I haven't waxed my furniture in ages. :) There is a product called Minwax (SP). We used it to wax my kitchen cabinets and door frames. It leaves a finish as smooth as silk.

    Good for you learning something new! Show us pictures of your progress.
     
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    Kudos to you Ina on your new interest in weaving. Hope it all works out!

    I'm at the phase in life where less is more.. :D
     
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    Butcher's Wax
     
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    I'm impressed. You're going to have so much fun! My sister built a loom and did woven placemats for everyone as well as other things. So cool!
     
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    We got everything put together, and no extra pieces left over either. Ok those are two names I recognize, so I'll pick some up in the morning. I haven't purchased any yarn yet, because I know me, and I would have the loom strung way before I got around to waxing the loom if the yarn was setting around calling my name. So here is a picture of the loom assembled and waiting.

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    That was fast, Ina! Beautiful job and may I also say that I love the room!
     
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    Yes I agree....fabulous room...and what a great size too....
     
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    @Holly Saunders , that weaving link seems like you'd never need another source.
     
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    It's certainly quite comprehensive by the look of it Ruby...I hope it's helpful

    I'm always envious of people like Ina who are so talented artistically in so many ways, painting, crafts etc ...I'm completely the opposite...can't sew , knit or crochet except for the basics...useless at art or crafts ... I'd be completely inept all round if it wasn't for my photography , and I'm no professional at that, just an avid amateur.

    One of my sisters is an excellent cartoonist and poet..

    My daughter among many other things is a wonderfully talented musician...

    Moi?...*meh*...born talentless!!

    Can't wait to see your first offerings from the Loom @Ina I. Wonder
     
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    Wouldn't it be nice to have a mohair blanket like this?

    mohair.jpg
     
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    Maybe once Ina gets good at it she can make us all one. :)

    When I was in HS, mohair sweaters were the thing to have.
     
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    That's what I was thinking, Chrissy ;). (I had a pink mohair sweater, btw.)
     
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    I had a few. :)

    Thinking back though they sure were bulky and made even the skinniest girl look chunky.
     
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    Remember,Ina, there's always loom for improvement!;)

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    Good luck and here is a youtube video that may be of some help for you. I've always hand knitted and crocheted so you are so lucky to have your own loom and room for it! Good luck!

     
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    That's a beautiful loom. I hope you keep us updated via pics and stories. I'm interested to see how you like the process, and how easy or difficult it is. Here's a site where I sometimes buy yarn and crochet thread. The prices are good, and they have a nice variety.
     
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    I'm tired. The wood on the loom just soaked up the Minwax paste. It took three coats, and I'll try to rewax the loom at least once a month until it quits soaking it up. In the same shopping center that I got the wax there just happened to be a fabric and yarn shop. It was calling my name, and I couldn't help myself, so I bought at least enough yarn to get me started. I found that warp yarn, (vertical lines), is quite pricey, but weft yarn, (horizontal lines), can be the cheaper kind.

    @Holly Saunders , I went through the loom site, and there was some information that was helpful. Although it was very Gilmore loom specific, whereas mine is an Ashford ridged heddle loom. I have learned that there are many types of loom. Mine will be a good basic loom. It will take me from a beginner to weaving cloth for sewing. If I wish to get into tapestries some day, I have to save a lot to be able to afford such a loom.

    @Chrissy Page , @Ruby Begonia , I think it's going to be awhile before I have the gentle touch that mohair calls for, but I'll get there. Maybe then I'll make a few shawls, and I to make some for my bestest friends ... Each an everyone of you. But the sweater I'll have to leave to those of you that can knit. My finger don't like move in that fashion.

    @Krissttina Isobe , I had almost forgotten those frame looms. When I was a Cub Scout den mother, (way back in the early 70's), I taught the boys how to make and use those looms, but being boys who weren't touching 'yarn', (girl thing you know), we use hemp twine that we dye with walnut shells, teas, and coffee.

    @Diane Lane . Thank for the yarn sight. I think I'm going to need it. The 48" heddle has over 400 slots that will be threaded, and the warp will be 6' long, which if I'm calculating correctly that will be over 2400' just in warp threads.

    I've always wanted to do this, but never had the time or funds to get started.

    One of the best pieces of advice I got in the last couple of years from my online friends was to be good to myself. At first I didn't understand what was meant by this statement, but now I do. It's funny, but the 'people' around me only checked to see if I would be of benefit to them.

    I wuv yoo peeps.
     
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    Wuv you too, warp and weft! :)
     
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    @Ina I. Wonder , besides price what is the difference between warp and weft? Could someone actually see the difference in the finished product?

    How long do you think a baby blanket will take to make and how much do you think it will cost? Just curious.
     
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    Chrissy, warp threads are the up and down threads and they are afixed in place on the loom. Weft threads run back and forth and are wrapped on a shuttle that you slide from left to right, (I'm a lefty), throught the warp threads.

    If you look at jeans or anything linen you can see the two directions that the threads runs. The warp threads cost more because the threads must be strong enough that the loom can run up and down a gazillion times without breaking. The weft is only tapped down once or twice, so the thread can be softer and looser.
     
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    @Ina I. Wonder , it seems you are waxing old with age. ;)

    http://www.keyway.ca/htm2011/20110217.htm
    "A number of different Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures have been translated by the single word "wax" (or "waxed"). In the Hebrew, the most-frequent is (pronounced) haw-lawk; it has a broad meaning, all involving an increase, but not necessarily as one thinks of it with the English word. Although the Hebrew word means increase, "wax" (as it is translated) is used to mean either an increase in increase, or, seemingly paradoxically, but nevertheless logically, an increase in decrease. Consider this example where "David waxed stronger and stronger" while "Saul waxed weaker and weaker."
     
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    I think Joe is WAXING educational as the weaving is LOOMING!;):)
     
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