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March 2017 Meeting

“Tanya and I decided it would be fun to learn about weft-faced weaves on the rigid heddle loom. These techniques are usually used for rugs, but we are making cloth for very small purses, and it has been a lot of fun. At the meeting on March 4th, please bring the following, if you have it:

Rigid heddle loom

7.5 or 8 dent reed

Small stick shuttles if you have them

Weft:  yarn from your stash for weft. Bring a variety of sizes and colors. Worsted weight or DK or lighter weight yarn in singles or plied. Noro worked well, Lamb’s Pride is called for in the Weaver’s Idea Book, Cascade 220 or Cascade Tangiers. Handspun looks good.

Warp: the loom will be warped with 8/4 carpet warp. Go ahead and set yours up if you have carpet warp, otherwise you can use the carpet warp at the studio and set it up the day of the meeting (come early if possible).  The color might show a bit.
Number of ends:  36
Length of warp:  40 inches or more, depending on what is a convenient length for you to wind in your situation (the length of your table) and also depending on how much sampling you would like to do. Tanya did 50 inches in length, I did 84 inches in length.”

Also, please bring your show-and-tell.
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agenda, band loom, inkle loom, rigid heddle, warp-faced weave, weft-faced weaves

April 1, 2017 Meeting

There were no April Fool’s jokes with our monthly meeting. We had a great time at the studio. After our business meeting, there was show & tell. It was quite a variety of spinning & weaving. After show & tell, the program began.

Tanya & Debbie continued with their instructional program with weft- & warped-faced weaves on the rigid heddle. We learned about Ghiordes Knots to give that ‘piled’ look on a weave. Then we learned about weaving bands on rigid heddles, inkle looms, and a band loom.

 

April Meeting minutes