Saturday, January 1, 2011

Starting my 2011 Resolution!

When you make a resolution what sort of things do you pick? Lose weight? Save money? Learn something new?
I should be about all 3 really, but mainly I love learning something new. Last year it was cold process soap making, this year it's weaving. My 15" Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle loom (that I purchased from because I love that site to bits.) arrived on the 31st, and I've spent today watching videos and reading up on how to do my first warp!
Funny tangent. My Mum is a fabo weaver but when I called her today to say Happy New Years you could hear the amusement in her voice when she informed me that I picked the *only* type of loom (Rigid Heddle) she hasn't used yet. Isn't that always the way? Ah well, I'm a big girl and she has some friends she recommended that may help with my "eek!" questions and the like.

Here is my progress so far. Feel free to correct anything I say/do incorrectly. I am learning after all and welcome any help!

 She arrived! (My loom is a girl, and I need to come up with a name that suits her now. She'll also need to coordinate with my other gals: Agnes the spinning wheel, Clara the drum carder, Pearl the bicycle and Irma the Scooter/Moped.) I keep thinking Dorothy, Frida, Fiona or Iris. I'm sure I'll settle on something soon enough.

 She folds up all nicely! Perfect for my space challenged home. Hubby wasn't so sure about the loom thing, until he saw how nice and compact she gets.

All dressed up in some wool I was given a while back. I have an 8 dent reed and this is about a fingering weight. (I know I know, knitters/spinners terminology. I'm not down with the weaving epi lingo yet. I know it exists, that's good though right?) I have a ton of loom waste, but it's my first warp! I also did absolutely zero calculations or thoughts as to what this would be. I figure I'll just weave until it's done and get in some practice without fussing with specifications yet.

Now I'm sitting here scratching my head and watching videos about how to actually weave. I think I'm going to weft (check me out eh? Throwing all the terminology around! Hopefully I used that correctly lol) with a really pretty blue wool that is the twin to the wool warp in a different colour. First to put the yarn on my stick shuttles though!
More pictures as I go along. My poor sweater needs a left arm and a right cuff to be finished, but my new toy beckons!

What are you going to learn this year? I'd love to hear about your new adventures!


  1. Looks like a great start! Such a sweet little loom too..

    :) Weever

  2. And you have all your accessories: coke, remote, dog...
    Welcome to weaving!

  3. Welcome to the weaving world! There's a lot of us out here cheering you on! Dive right in and enjoy the ride!

  4. Hi Carrie - you have done well to make such a good start! Hope you will have a lot of fun with the rigid heddle. If I can help then just e-mail me ! Will enjoy keeping up with your blog and progress.

  5. Welcome to the weaving world! It's highly addictive and oh, so rewarding!! Just throwing the shuttle and experimenting is a great way to learn. Enjoy yourself!

  6. I hope you have fun with the weaving. I just started and I love it so far.