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Handwoven transparencies are related to tapestries in that you can weave intricate pictorial designs with both techniques. Transparencies are lighter weight, with inlaid patterning on a sheer plain weave background. Two wefts are required: The background is […]. The challenge that I set up for myself was to convert a knit kimono sweater pattern to a woven one. Since knit fabrics and woven fabrics do not share the same drape and elasticity, this proved challenging.
In part 1, I covered some information about sett and sampling, the specifications for weaving the body of […].
A stunning speckled […]. The stunning blues, greens, greys, and browns are a perfect way to celebrate the coming of spring. When I started planning this project, I knew I wanted to spin a thick and thin single, then ply […].
As it turns out, this is now my very favorite go-to scarf! The fringe treatment adds a subtle element — not unlike the frayed edges of your favorite well-worn jeans. What you need Schacht Cricket loom Cricket 8-dent rigid heddle […]. Art yarn, whether you spin it yourself or purchase it readymade, is a catalyst for creative woven fabrics.
Art yarn spinning techniques are so much fun to do and make such beautiful and unique yarns. For this fashionable cowl, I took my inspiration from a traditional knitting technique called thrumming. I have been following Kristin for some time through her video podcast on YouTube. She specializes in variegated colors, each a different recipe.
Working with variegated […]. Photo courtesy of Fancy Tiger Crafts We love a challenge here at Schacht, so when we opened a package from Fancy Tiger Crafts full of their Heirloom Yarn, fabric and some webbing, we were excited!
Denise and I have done a couple of collaborations before, but this one is perhaps our favorite. Heirloom is the […]. While in Taos, we stayed in a quiet vacation home on an alpaca farm. After a few days of rest and relaxation, we traveled to Santa Fe for more arts and entertainment.
So much of […]. I had wanted to make a scarf for my dear sister-in-law for some time and this was going to be that very project. It all came together so […]. Her Gypsy Dancer, woven in bright pink with a dark red streak down the center and a pop of gold and yellow along the edges, creates such a happy piece.
The Bananagram scarf featured on the cover of the book Woven Scarves by Jane Patrick and myself is a great beginner project. A fine merino wool yarn, woven at 12 ends per inch, is felted with tie-in […].
Even though I planned to double the warp every inch or so, when it came to warping, I went […]. Working for Schacht, a company that produces spinning wheels and looms, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the crafts. Shortly after starting here, I learned to spin and weave, but between the planning, replanning, obsessing, and fantasizing, I spend a relatively small […]. Home Weaving Techniques Cricket Loom.
Both of these techniques can be done on a […] Read More. It was surprising and brought […] Read More. The […] Read More. My first stop was to check out […] Read More. Rigid Heddle Reed for the Cricket Loom. Warp separator pick-up sticks , cardstock paper, flexible corrugated cardboard, paint sticks. Determine how wide your warp will be, and then center that on your reed by marking in pencil or tying string at the two outside points.
Attach your loom to a stand or a table using the clamps that come with the loom. Attach the warping peg a set distance away from your loom depending on how long you want your warp to be.
With the reed in neutral position, make sure your back apron rod is coming up and around the back beam. Take 2 rubber bands and secure the edges of your reeds to the edges of the apron rod. Tie a knot around the apron rod with your warp yarn. With your heddle hook, take a loop of warp yarn through a slot in the reed.
Take the loop and place it around the warping peg. Remove the loop of yarn at the warping peg and cut the loops of yarn. Be careful not to move the yarn too much as that can cause tension issues as well. Remove the rubber bands from the apron bar and set aside for future use.
Slowly start winding the warp onto the back beam, while placing the warp separator on the back beam as well. Keep one hand on the bundle of warp to keep even tension as you wind on. Take a pair of threads in one of the slots, pull out a thread and pull it through the adjacent hole. Take the two rubber bands and attach the edges of the front apron rod to the edges of the reed. This helps even the tension along all of the warp threads by using a continuous piece of non-elastic yarn, and can be done in these four easy steps: Repeat step 2 until you pass through the last warp thread bundle, tie a knot using the threading yarn.