Tag Archive for weaving

Lilla Countermarch Loom

Lilla Loom Ready To Assemble

A new loom was delivered by FedEx the other day. It’s a Oxaback countermarche loom called “Lilla”. I chose to go with a smaller footprint countermarche loom instead of a large full-size countermarche. There are 3 basic types of floor looms – jack looms, counter balance looms and counter march looms. Not all floor looms…

Homegrown Linen Project Update

Homegrown Linen Yarn

My homegrown and hand-woven linen dish towel and bread cloth project from last summer hit a few  snags over the winter. The first set back was a major problem: I donated my last loom to the Salvation Army. I live in a small house and was on a space reclaiming kick. I wanted the use…

Tying Up Loose Ends

Tying Up Loose Ends On A Rag Rug

(1.)Tie up loose ends Verb (Idiomatic) To deal with the minor consequences of a previous action; to tidy up, finish, or complete. “Removing her name from the mailing list was her way of tying up loose ends.” Wiktionary It’s an expression most of us have heard or used at one time or another. But do…

Fiber With A Twist – Spinning Wool Into Yarn

Spinning Blue Roving Into Yarn

I’ve always consider hand spinning to be an important and basic foundation homesteading skill. That’s because hand spinning is the mother of all weaving, knitting, crochet, lace making and other assorted fiber arts. Without thread and yarn there’s no clothing. (unless you consider plastic garbage bags, fig leaves and animal skins) Hand spinning is not…

Rag Strips For Rag Rugs

Rag Strips For A Rug

I’m making a few rag rugs for the kitchen. Rag weaving makes good use of old worn out sheets, old clothing and leftover fabric pieces from past sewing projects. Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast. Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast. The rug in the…

A Few Basic Weaving Terms

Sleying A Reed Using a Sley Hook

I’ve been weaving off and on for about 20 years. In fact at one time I had a part-time weaving business. There actually is a very small living in some types of custom weaving – especially rag rugs. Rag weaving is one of my favorite types of weaving because it makes good use of old…

Home Grown Flax For Linen Getting Ready To Bloom

Home Grown Fax For Linen Getting Ready To Bloom

A few of the plants in the small plot of flax that I sowed in the early spring are just beginning to show blue. I think full bloom is probably still a week or 10 days away. We’ve had perfect weather this spring for growing flax but the plot isn’t as thick I had hoped…