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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Some Card Weaving

After reading a few chapters of Card Weaving by Candace Crocket, I started warping to do some card weaving. I wanted to make a few strips for my son's bible cover as page markers. Organizing the cards and placing the right thread in each was not as confusing as I thought it would be (that was a relieve). I secured the cards as suggested by the book with a rubber band and shook the warp out, once that happened the yarn took it's place. It's very different warping for this type of weaving than what I'm use to, since with the RH and Structo evenly spread out neat yarn wraps are a necessity, not so much with this. Initially your suppose to tie it all together in a big knot and then thread the cards, I warped directly to the loom with my peg and kept my yarn evenly spaced, now that I've done this I know that it doesn't matter and I can wrap one yarn on top of the other without much damage to the placement of my thread, this point is really interesting and in a small way very liberating. After a few experiments and some failure in the set up of one of the cards (bright me forgot to put the letters on the holes I have since sharpie penned all the cards) I started weaving experimenting with the turns and what it would look like if I made mistakes and so on.
After that it was time to get serious and do some real weaving. I really like the way it looks and understand how it works now not perfectly but the concept is really not that difficult. It's a different weaving experience and the results are really fascinating. I'm finding that the shifting of the cards is very rough on the yarn, the end yarn is linen and the centers are 3 ply cotton, I'm using the same materials as the cover. The yarn is getting really fuzzy although I haven't had any warp thread break. The selvages are the same as when I first attempted inkle weaving, bumpy and uneven, but as with all weaving, practice usually takes care of that bit.

Kinda cool huh?
This will probably be my last post for this week, Mom is having surgery on Tuesday 6/29, and I will be spending the week at her house, without cable or internet connection (yikes) but I don't think I'll have much time for either. Thank you for sending us your prayers and healing vibes our way, we really appreciate it.

9 comments:

Delighted Hands said...

I'm proud of you figuring out the card weaving like that! It is gonna be great. Will be praying for you and your Mom.

Acorn to Oak said...

That's really cool! :-)

Judy said...

Nice! I hope that everything goes well with your Mom.

Leigh said...

Kinda cool??? I'd say very cool!

Theresa said...

Oh very cool! Good job on figuring those things out. Goods luck with your Mom. I hope the week flies by with nothing but good for you and your Mom.

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

I've seen card weaving done on television and I even think our public library has offered a class on it there. That looks really neat. Keeping your mother in prayer. Let us know how she does.
Blessings,
Nancy

Julie said...

That is way cool! And I hope your mother is going to be ok and get well soon!

Benita said...

Prayers for you and your mom are on their way.

I have GOT to try tablet weaving!

bspinner said...

How cool!!!!