23 September 2009

more about weaving...


I have been working on a weaving project which must remain a secret for the time being. However, I am addicted to taking pictures of my loom. I can't get over how simple yet extremely complicated it is! Me and my loom have a love/hate relationship, to dress the loom(put wool on it) is basically like re-stringing a piano every time you want to make something. Blimey!



Each single thread is passed through these wires and tied at the other end. Then you have to reel it up without it all getting tangled up!



After that you have to get the tension of all the strands even, and imagine after doing all that, then one snaps! Then I think 'whats the point in bloody weaving anyway, its stupid!!'


But, when I get going, I love it and I love the noise of the loom and the smell of the wood and wool, and when you finish weaving, its soo exciting to unravel all the cloth, revealing all that I had done in the weeks before. Wow! I advise everyone to give it a go.
By-the-way, my loom is a large old table loom (made in London), and I paid about £50 for it on Ebay (I have got two little ones I used to use too). I use Scottish 2ply tweed wool and bits of silk.
I'm thinking to start making small items out of my woven fabric to sell in my shop soon...I will keep you's all posted!