Sorry for the delay, Sonja! Here is the weaving at last!
I got my inkle loom at my reenactment event after taking a class using one. I was very lucky to find one that was very affordable not long after in order to facilitate my continuing addiction to fiber.
What I love most about them is they create very functional pieces in a very short amount of time with very little work. Being highly portable helps as well, I can be weaving while camping, in a car (that I’m not driving…), sitting on the couch watching TV, or even when I’m hanging at my computer.
There are many different styles of inkle loom, but the basic idea is the same. They produce long, narrow strips great for trim, draw strings, straps, even shoe laces or jewelry (think bracelet or choker necklace.) The many pegs provide much greater option for the length of the piece, so depending on how you warp the loom you can end up with anywhere from about three to six feet or more.
Though the design naturally produces a pattern which repeats every other row, so depending on how you arrange your warp threads, you can get things such as checkerboard patterns, stripes (vertical or horizontal) dashes (like below) but the restriction is every other row will always repeat.
More advanced techniques can be used to create very elaborate patterns; these involve pick-ups (think of the game pick-up sticks, they came from creating weaving patterns!) and brocade work.
I’ve given pick-up work a try. It’s definitely tricky and requires a lot more thought on both the warping and weaving end of the work, but the finished product is very beautiful.
You can see on the left side the alterations in the pattern where I practiced doing various kinds of pick-up patterning between the white and orange. It’s pretty rough, this was my first attempt at doing anything like it and I was mostly playing around with the possibilities, but this certainly shows off what can be done!
This piece comes in just over six feet long and was made using orange dyed goat hair and white undyed bamboo. The bamboo is very soft, almost like silk, but can be a little tricky to work with. It feels lovely, though, and creates a strong yarn.White hand spun bamboo and orange hand-spun goat
I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to use this piece for. Might end up as the handle on a bag I keep meaning to sew up.
Here is another piece of trim I worked on, you can again see the repeating pattern of yellow/black/yellow/black with an edge of solid red:
And another piece I did using a mottled dyed green wool with color gradations from black to bits of white. The result is a very lovely effect, I think!
In fact, this piece ended up replacing the shoulder strap on my purse!
So not just pretty, but functional!
This is the piece I quickly warped up and wove when Sonja asked me to show off my weaving. It didn’t take very long, but I kept getting interrupted, so this entry got delayed until I could show it off as finished 🙂
And just like the first entry mentioned, it’s amazing how much you can feel connected to others throughout time and across geography when you get involved in these kinds of arts and crafts!
Also: more spinning, because I forgot to add this picture to the last journal.