March was a particularly busy month for me, bedding in a new client, so I didn’t have the time to take a Craftsy Unlimited class so I was determined to try something new in April.
I bought an Ashford Knitters Loom a few years ago, which is a beginner’s rigid heddle loom, and have occasionally used it to make scarves. Weaving is great fun and actually pretty speedy once you have warped up the loom. That’s the bit that takes the time and concentration, especially if you are using lots of different colours.
I decided to take a bit of a refresher with a course called Rigid Heddle Weaving with Deborah Jarchow. Even if you think you know a technique, I find it really valuable to learn from a new teacher. For example Deborah shows you how to tie the ends of your warp with a bow so that, when you have finished weaving, they are really easy to undo. And as for what she does with toilet rolls – genius!
In the class you learn how to weave plaid tea towels. Now I don’t need any tea towels but I was rather taken with the plaid and also the little bags she shows you how to make so I have combined the two. Warping up just a short length did take me a couple of hours, mainly because I stuffed up my thread count and used the wrong heddle. Twit! The yarns I have used are Yarn Stories 4ply and some miscellaneous sock yarn from my stash.
When Deborah begins weaving she uses some scrap yarn to get all the threads straight. Although I was taught to use quite a thick yarn I decided to follow her advice with a thinner yarn. Now, I am not an experienced weaver so my weaving ended up looking quite uneven as you can see.
Back to the drawing board. I tried again with a thicker yarn and the difference was quite marked, although there is still room for improvement. I haven’t finished the weaving yet but, as you can see it’s progressing quite nicely, although I think I am better at weaving with a DK.