Oct 31, 2010:
Another awsome thing you can do with a 4 shaft loom! The Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild of Damascus has a weaving study group, and member Nellie taught a two day Double Weave Workshop which was amazing. At first I was a little reluctant to take the class, as I didn't see an immediate use for double weaving and I was distracted by Twill. I also had a borrow a warping board and get my loom warped before the class, which I didn't get to till the last minute.
So the day before class I started warping, all was going very smoothly. I even used my homemade raddle and lease sticks.
By late afternoon I was threading the heddles only to discover I didn't have enough of them. So I had make my own. "Perhaps I won't go to the workshop?" It went smoother than I thought it would but it was time consuming. It was after midnight and I was getting that "school paper due tomorrow panic" when I prematurely pulled out the lease sticks, having not yet threaded reed. " Noooooooooooooo! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
It all worked out in the end. I finished threading the reed and greatly enjoyed learning a whole new aspect to weaving that I never knew existed. Tubes, pockets, pillows, lace and the ability to weave twice the width of fabric than the width of the loom.
3 days ago