We have some new equipment coming to The Cottage. The following equipment has been ordered for all to use:
Jumbo flyer and bobbins which are now popular with our spinners. To be used at The Cottage only.
The Fringe Twister is a small item (which would not be taken from the Cottage and for use in the cottage only.) This twists the fringes on all items with a fringe. This is great for finishing off your woven articles and will twist 4 at a time.
SampleIt Looms with the double heddle option. These are a very compact loom, (a classroom in a box) which is only 10” or 25cm of weaving width. This is the ideal loom for anyone interested in having a go and being able to sit at the table and try their hand at weaving. Weaving is again becoming popular and can be trialed with this little loom. It is easy to warp and get going. It can do almost anything that the big Saori or other looms can do, with your imagination. If taken home, it must only be on a one week basis for the first month. The waiting list for the looms is on the desk in the book. If no one is waiting, you may use again, however if you could continue to monitor the book for waiting members it would be most appreciated. Don’t forget to put your name in the book to borrow this amazing little loom.
We have one Vari Dent Reed and this is ideal to warp up with interesting textures.
Our wonderful weaver, Gay Brown is familiar with these looms. (Lyn has one on the boat.)
If you would like to see this little loom in action, please look at the following youtube clip and you will see how easy it is.
This loom is able to be used as a single or double heddle and can produce all types of patterns.
Click here to read information about this loom from the Ashford Website.
We hope you all enjoy these items and you do not have to be a weaver to do so. Very simple to use and is for everyone to experiment with.
Lyn has one on the boat and will now demonstrate to you on what is best not to do.
(As Below) I used the 7.5 reed and used all types of yarns to warp it up with. I found to do this, you really need to use the Vari-Dent reed as it is meant for this variety of threads. I found my mohair stuck together as when you pull the reed back and forth, it wears the mohair in particular and clogs up the hole in the reed. Great reeds for normal or thinner warps.
I also purchased the shuttle and the bobbin winder to use, as I found it so much better than the stick shuttle. I love the little loom and you can produce much with your imagination. Above are 2 of my finished scarves. Now it is time to warp up again for my 3rd time. I warp up enough for 2 scarves at a time and they measure 2m and 1.85m and this is the right size for me to warp on the boat from the back table to the wheel. My first was easier as I used the same reed and a one thickness wool for the warp. Happy weaving everyone and I will look forward to seeing your creations on my return. By Lyn A.