Monthly Archives: September 2013
Thanks to a wonderful friend, I am now in clothing heaven!
Not only do they have incredibly adorable clothes but for a very small fee, they will even customize it to your specifications!
Still trying to decide what I want to order but if you have dealt with them, I would love to hear your experiences!
Coming down to the final minute as Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst forced Sen. Wendy Davis to end her filibuster, the legislature was unable to pass a widely decried abortion bill. The legislature was able to accomplish another aspect of their pro-life agenda though, a ban on male masturbation.
I couldn’t go to an event I wanted to in Oklahoma this weekend so instead, I stayed home and played with my inkle loom. As much as I missed hanging out with my friends up North, I am very glad I got the time to play cause I taught myself how to do tablet (or card) weaving! So excited!
I started Saturday with a simple inkle belt using size 10 crochet thread in blue, green and yellow:
After completing this one, I realized that while I still enjoy simple inkle weaving, I am getting bored with it. I can now warp the loom and weave 4 yards of trim in under 2 hours. Not necessarily because I am that good, but because it is just that easy now. I no longer have issues with tension, my edges are perfect and I’ve done every pattern under the sun.
I needed a challenge. Enter tablet weaving.
I tried it a couple of years ago, just as I was starting out with inkle and it was waaaay too confusing. I thought I would never get the hang of it but as it turns out, inkle provides you with the basics and once you master those, tablet is a piece of cake. The most tedious part is the warping since each ‘row’ now has 4 threads versus just 2. You also have to be very aware of how you warp the threads cause if you mess that up, the weaving just won’t work. So now I am back to me taking 2 hours just to warp the loom.
But the results have been worth it! Sunday I warped up the loom with my blue and yellow thread and came up with this:
A pretty basic pattern, it was only 10 cards (40 threads) and a 4 forward 4 back rotation of the cards. The hardest part is remembering which way you are turning the cards. All in all, I loved how it came out and will probably toss it on a viking dress at some point since I have just over 2 yards.
Monday I woke up feeling extra ambitious so I warped up the loom again! This time with 18 cards (72 threads) and tried again! Still a basic rotation of 4 forward and 4 back but this time, the pattern that emerged, I completely fell in love with once I saw it.
It’s not perfect, there are some slight tension issues and I messed up the pattern in a couple places (lost track of where I was in the rotation sequence) but I don’t care! I love it! This will be going into my weaving bible of must repeat in wool, linen and silk. I love it that much. This produced approximately 3 yards so not sure what I can do with it just yet but I assure you, it will see the light of day. 😀
Hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend!