Friday, June 25, 2010

Newest Fiber Obsession, Er, I Mean, Hobby

Yep, I've taken up a new fiber hobby. Look.Can you tell what it is?
A rigid heddle loom.

I've always thought weaving was pretty, but I'd never really thought about trying it myself. But then about a month or so ago for some unknown reason, I was suddenly seized with this urge to weave. So after some research, I decided to try the Ashford 16-inch rigid heddle loom. I thought I might not have enough patience to do something larger, and also didn't want too big of an investment in case weaving and I didn't get along.

It came unassembled, of course, but it really wasn't hard to put together. Soon it was warped and ready for my first project, a scarf.You can see it takes a little while to start getting the hang of it. Or it did me anyway.

Next came more scarves using some of my handspun yarn.And then I used some acrylic yarn to give plaid a try. This one is a table runner.I've just been using it on my lap. It works pretty well with the footrest up and a pillow underneath, so I can weave while watching TV in the evening.

There are all kinds of patterns and textures you can do with the rigid heddle loom, too. I should probably get to spinning up some more yarn...


Pearlesyarn said...

Wow, that's so cool:-)and your scarves are really pretty.

Brenda (Prairie Daisy Handspun) said...

Thank you! :)

Morrgan said...

The scarves look great! I've got many potential fiber obsessions of my own I'd like to try some day, I just might have to add this to the list. ;)

Marie said...

Oh wow, they look great! And here I thought weaving was terribly difficult. I love the scarves you churned out on it.


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