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Ohmygosh, this is so much fun. Here's a rabbit. One of Erica de Ruiter's designs. Perhaps I'm attracted to the rabbit because in a few months I will be living just a few steps from the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Lucky me.

In case you're wondering what the reverse side of the rabbit looks like. 

And now we have two trees.

The next phase of the sampling ought to be trying different yarns & setts. I think this technique would benefit from a closer warp sett than is achievable on a rigid heddle loom, but I'll keep tinkering with it.

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More rigid heddle fun. These designs are from Erica de Ruiter's book, which I mentioned in my previous post.

You saw the cat yesterday. This morning I started the butterfly.

Here's the butterfly coming round the beam.


And of course I had to try the geese. 

Not surprisingly, here's what's happening on the back.

 

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Alice Schlein | Weaverly by Alice - 5d ago

Another type of brocade, this one with the brocading yarn, or supplementary weft, going selvedge to selvedge. The instructions, and the cat with attitude, are from Erica de Ruiter's fascinating Tejido Huave and Beyond.

The warp is sett more densely than for balanced plain weave. There are two wefts. The secondary weft runs in the same sheds as the ground weft, except in the pattern areas. A pickup stick does the selections. Once you get the hang of it, the weaving goes quickly. 

Warp: 8/4 cotton, used double in a 12 dent heddle; ground weft, same cotton, used singly; secondary weft, my own 2-ply hands-on variegated merino. Click to enlarge.

 

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With my dobby loom temporarily inaccessible, I am doing a lot of slow weaving. Here's the end of the brocade sampler on the rigid heddle loom. 

I just cut it off, and as I'm doing the finishing, it occurs to me that it's very like the "Theo Moorman" sampler I wove 30 or some years ago. Here's the old sampler, found during the recent downsizing, somewhat the worse for wear, but you see what I mean. The ratio of tiedowns to ground is less in the rigid heddle sampler, but the structure is the same. The picture is turned sideways.

Also rediscovered recently is a 16-shaft napkin from when I taught a workshop in "overshot lace." The structure works best in monochrome, but a warp & weft slightly different in tonal value will also work.

Here's an example of an "overshoot lace" draft, this time for 8 shafts. 

Click on any of these to embiggen.

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With my dobby loom temporarily inaccessible, I am doing a lot of slow weaving. Here's the end of the brocade sampler on the rigid heddle loom. 

I just cut it off, and as I'm doing the finishing, it occurs to me that it's very like the "Theo Moorman" sampler I wove 30 or some years ago. Here's the old sampler, found during the recent downsizing, somewhat the worse for wear, but you see what I mean. The ratio of tiedowns to ground is less in the rigid heddle sampler, but the structure is the same. The picture is turned sideways.

Also rediscovered recently is a 16-shaft napkin from when I taught a workshop in "overshot lace." The structure works best in monochrome, but a warp & weft slightly different in tonal value will also work.

Here's an example of an "overshoot lace" draft, this time for 8 shafts. 

Click on any of these to embiggen.

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Alice Schlein | Weaverly by Alice - 6d ago

On my walk this morning I saw a new batch of these:

They're cute when they're little, but oh my…

And in the department of brocade, I continued on my second sampler and I'm getting better with diagonals. 

I also find that using variegated floss is very entertaining.

A closeup for you (click to make it even bigger):

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Another batch of brocade samples on the rigid heddle loom:

A close up of transparency effect:

These are all woven with the assist of two pickup sticks and a set of string heddles. Awkward at first, but with a bit of practice it goes very quickly. 

 

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Alice Schlein | Weaverly by Alice - 1w ago

On my walk this morning I saw a new batch of these:

They're cute when they're little, but oh my…

And in the department of brocade, I continued on my second sampler and I'm getting better with diagonals. 

I also find that using variegated floss is very entertaining.

A closeup for you (click to make it even bigger):

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Another batch of brocade samples on the rigid heddle loom:

A close up of transparency effect:

These are all woven with the assist of two pickup sticks and a set of string heddles. Awkward at first, but with a bit of practice it goes very quickly. 

 

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It's time to part with this sweet little loom. I originally bought it for my young grandson (do you believe that), but after a couple of tries, he went on to other pursuits. He is now a 6-ft tall young man with interests in fly-fishing, racing cars and the like. Grandma enjoyed the loom for many years, but must now say good-bye.

Wolf Pup by Schacht, asking $500.

18" weaving width, 4 shafts, direct tie-up

Includes Treadle Tracker, Wolf Trap, bench, 8, 10,, and 12 dent reeds 

Has built-in wheels, can be rolled when folded

In very good condition

Buyer must pick up, I will not ship. I am located in Upstate region of SC

Please contact me by email (see sidebar) if you are interested.

 

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