Sunday, February 28, 2010

Uh oh! Look who moved into the guest bedroom today.

It's a Union Custom Loom. This one has been around for a few years, possibly since they first started making them in 1918. The guy I bought it from had rescued it from an old barn and cleaned it up and reassembled it. It's going to take some fiddling around and a little more tender loving care before it's up and running again. You guys know me though, a woodworking and fiber project combined is my favorite.
P.S. Future Guests, I'll need a little forewarning to shuffle things around and set up the bed for you;)

The latest rug.

My newest rug.
Mein jungster Geflickteteppich.
Min nya trasmatta.

23x63 inches/58x160cm. just a little larger the previous(the blue/grey one)

The whole collection.

Die ganze Sammlung.

De hela samling.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Building up a stash of rag rug rags

And there's another pile of old sheets at the other end of the room.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rug #6

Just finishing up rug #6. . Thanks to Ulf's advice the edges are a little more even.
It measures 22x52 inches/ 56x132cm.

The left edge is bit longer than the right, the warp strings were somehow a little looser along there. I need to learn how to warp the loom more evenly.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The weaving room

Min vävstuga. Meine Webstube.
(click on fotos for enlargement)
In the background the 60+ lbs./@30kg of old bedsheets for the weaving rags. On the loom the new rug for in front of the Door. Below, the rug finished.
It's a little bit narrower on one end. I still need to work on that, but I am learning. I am also trying to think out how to make extra heddles/ harnesses for this loom so that I can do twill weaving. I need to find somewhere that has a loom set up so that I can see how they work.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Table place mats.

Using Partners old blue workshirts and an assortment of fabric scraps I wove up 4 place mats for the dining table.
My original intention was to make 6, but I had problems keeping an even tension in that length of warp string and gave up after 4. Maybe later I'll do the other 2, I do still have the fabric strips ready for them.
The next project will be a rug using torn sheet as the warp threads. i went to the goodwill bin store where they sell old clothes by the pound. When I went to the register they weighed my cart and I had 66 pounds/ around 30 kilos of old bed sheets. That's going to be a lot of rugs;D