Weaving With Yarn Samples

In my last post I gave you a teaser for a weaving I did on my little Rigid Heddle loom. I had acquired this loom just before Christmas last year to haul with me on my travels.

Sample card of cotton yarns
Sample card of cotton yarns

Since this was the first weaving on the new loom and I’d never used a R/H before and would be learning on this warp, I was being cautious with my materials. After all, if the first project was to be an epic failure, let’s not break the bank at the same time ;o)

Gifted with a yarn sample card with generous 10 yard samples of each Color of Berroco’s Cotton Twist (old colors) I thought that it would be the perfect warp to try out my new little loom.

 

Direct warping
Direct Warping on a R/H loom

Warping the Rigid Heddle for the first time – I’ve got to say, direct warping is nice, it’s amazing how handy the backs of two chairs can be.

Threading the heddle
Threading the heddle

I even enjoyed threading the heddle, easy and fast. I used the 12.5 dent reed and threaded it about 6 1/2″ wide.

Let the weaving commence
Let the weaving commence

Beamed and ready to weave with a warp that’s about 52″ long.

Decision time - which color?
Decision time - which color?

Sampling the weft colors to see what I like – I used a black 3/2 mercerized cotton and a grey cotton (mill end?) that was a bit heavier than the 3/2. The browns, navy and white I tried were gacky.

1st project finished!
1st project finished!

Since I liked the grey and the black both I ended up weaving 1/2 the length in one and the other half in the other. It’s a sampler, right? I wonder what this little cloth (5 1/2″ x 47″ after washing) will grow up to be…

Deb H

Weaving With Yarn Samples

One thought on “Weaving With Yarn Samples

  1. LindaK says:

    For what it’s worth, I like the black. I think weavers actually make magic. I can’t wrap my brain around how you can make so many beautiful patterns with just 2 strings and a magic machine.

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