Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My Looms

So seized by this new form of expression, I've been in search of tools and possibilities. No one responded to my requests for an old bicycle wheel, hula hoop, CDs or embroidery hoops, but between Amazon and eBay, I'm now resourced.
Not to mention that my specs were wonderfully well met by this made for me wood loom.

Shown are 
8.25" cardboard looms
10.25" painted cardboard looms and embroidery hoop with pink warp
12" custom made wood loom with yellow weaving in progress
14" wood embroidery hoop
18" floral frame (green)
19" metal macrame ring
23" wood quilting hoop

The 8.25 yielded a 5" piece

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Weaving on Rings and Hoops by Lynn Paulin, 1978

Weaving on Rings and Hoops
by Lynn Paulin, 1978
ISBN O 918170 29 X

33 information packed pages includes several projects

African Braid (interesting woven braid technique on a cardboard loom)
Buttonhole weaving
Estimating Yarn amount (a great table, it helps to be able to guesstimate)
Full size Cartoon/Diagrams (amazing detail of where to do what, exactly)
Geometric patterns
Making pockets
Soumak Egyptian and Ghirodes/Rya Knots
Strap Weaving
Tapestry Slit
Vertical Warp, Spiral Warp, Sunburst Warp
Woven Butterfly

I found the book on Amazon for under $10, so I urge  those interested to search and resist the other $50 prices

Friday, July 4, 2014

Indepence Day Circle in a Circle

Inspired by the gorgeous work of weaver Gloria McRoberts, 
I stayed up all night working on creating a circle within a circle. It was hard to warp, but I figured it out.

I've been working in blue to create works for my brother, whose first and second favorite colors are blue. He's got a new home and more space, so I see these as works that can be massed or separated... he can play with the arrangement. This gestures toward our shared from childhood love of science fiction.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hip Projects

While I search for sources of loom materials -- my wok ring is a leading contender --I paused to let my fingers do the walking and found a project where  loom, weaving and object are one.

It's deliciously inventive. The creator wove the top of an Ikea table, using the small hole in the center as anchor and threader, she circle wove the top using jute.

Circle Infatuation

What a journey! This month of June has been bursting with new ideas and the most recent is Circle Weaving.

I'll begin with the tools one can use to create circles

Types of Circle Looms

Manufactured Gears/Sawblade
Maja  Craft  wood
7 Yaks Design  vinyl, plastic
Katerina Collection wood

Manufactured  Hoops
Novacraft with holes wood
Novacraft with knobs wood
--- (German mfg)

Pin looms/Knitting Looms generally plastic

Home Made (infinite repurposing)
Embroidery hoops
Qulting Hoops
Old wheels
Fan Grills
Hula Hoops
Round Trivets
Wok Ring
Metal/Macramé Ring

On the cardboard/sawtooth/gear looms I’ve  seen two ways of warping – around the tooth forming two strands and through the tooth slot with one strand and around the back of the loom.

Stitches – tapestry techniques offer possibilities. So far I’ve used soumak and striping.



Circular Knitting Loom