|A little tension trouble!|
The weather has kept me in Brasstown for the last few days off, and even though it's supposed to be in the 50's with sun this afternoon, there was freezing rain this morning and it's not above freezing yet. Bella wants to walk!
Until then, I've been learning pick-up on the Inkle loom. I had to break down and buy Anne Dixon's book on Inkle weaving. None of the available YouTube videos were clear enough in their instructions on how to do pick-up. There was a lot of assumed information, that I didn't know, like how to warp for pick-up. I'd heard Dixon's book wasn't very clear, either, but it's been so helpful for me. I'm glad I laid the groundwork with the plain weave stuff, so I can follow her instructions. I already had a warp on the loom that I thought I could use for letters and patterns. Turns out it's a little too narrow for letters, so I have just been following her beginning pick-up patterns. What fun! The patterns develop slowly, and it's a little confusing at first, but as I kept the attitude with this first warp that there were no mistakes, only learning opportunities, I just played.
I am finishing the warp with a pattern I made up, using both heddled and unheddled pick up together. I'll have at least a little strip of belt I can use for something, and getting good practice in. The next warp will be some hand-dyed carpet warp with some solid mercerized cotton, to learn how to weave letters.
C'mon, clouds! Go away! Bella and I want to play! Or I'll just have to weave...