Monday, 18 July 2011

Monday 18th July

I thought I would share with you some pictures of my latest two weaving projects using the 12 inch Ashford Knitters Loom.  I am quite enjoying going back to basics with this loom and have been also enjoying meeting up with some new faces in two Ravelry groups that I have joined.  For those of you not familiar with Ravelry, its an online knitting, weaving and spinning community where like minded fibre enthusiasts can meet to share pictures of their latest projects, swap advice and support each other through those tricky moments.  If like me, you are unable to get to a local group for your hobby(ies) then its a wonderful way to meet new friends and gain experience.

I have joined the Ashford Loomies group and also the Rigid Heddle group. 

Here is the first project below, showing the loom warped up using some swedish weaving cotton that I purchased earlier this year from ebay.  This was originally to make placemats but in the end I decided to use the resulting cloth as a scarf as I didnt want to cut into it, I was so pleased with the result.


The following two pictures are of the Knitters loom warped up with 100 percent Cashmere yarn that I purchased from Devon Fine Fibres a few years ago.  It has been mill spun and is very soft.  I wish I had made it a little wider but I was not sure I would have enough yarn.  I am using a pattern from the May/June 2009 issue of Handwoven and the technique is known as Bronson Lace.  This requires the use of a pick up stick to make a third shed. 

Rigid Heddle looms are suprisingly versatile and with the availability of different sized reeds and a second heddle kit for any of Ashford's rigid heddle looms now available the possiblities really are endless. 

I recently hand dyed some mohair curls and I am now spinning them up into quite a fine yarn on my Kromski Minstrel wheel.  The first part bobbin and the curls are shown below.



I hope you enjoy these pictures and that they will give you some inspiration for your projects.  If anyone has any questions, please dont hesitate to ask.

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