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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Weaving a throw using my hand spun art yarn on my Ashford 32" rigid heddle loom





Ashford makes many different sizes and models or Rigid heddle looms but they are called different names,  knitters loom, sample it loom , for example ..however their classic Rigid Heddle Loom  size 32" is what i used to weave this hand spun art yarn throw. and it is just called rigid heddel loom . One of the reasons i love the this model is because it is the only model that you can attach on their FREEDOM ROLLER . a second front cloth beam that allows you to weave longer yardage on a rigid heddle loom ! the only manufaacturer to make such an amazing reasonable priced accessory allowing longer warps ( a draw back for rigid heddle looms  is that you can not put very long  or very bulky warps on them the  Ashford freedom roller  takes care of that  .)



where to buy in my Etsy shop the ashford rigid heddleloom click here





Ashford rigid heddle looms come in a flat pack unfinished. i bought a can of deft semi gloss lacquer which was plenty for 2 coats for the loom and the freedom flyer and extra heddels. it dried to the touch in 15 minutes.


Ashford Freedom Roller in my Etsyshop click here



 
HERE YOU SEE THE ASHFORD 16" RH LOOM AND THE ASHFORD 32" LOOMS WITH THE FREEDOM ROLLER  SIDE BY SIDE NEXT TO EACH OTHER .


i make loom bags that fit the ashford 32" looms as well as the saori piccolo looms 



  SO WHEN MY 32"ASHFORD IN NOT IN USE I HAVE IT IN THIS LOOM BAG 
I MAKE AND AVAILABLE IN  MY ETSY SHOP  LOOM BAG INFO CLICK HERE













 Using my hand spun bulky art yarns and the 2.5 heddle I warped the full width of the 32' RH loom.

  beaming on

  threaded and starting to weave


  i use a glimakra ski shuttle for the wefts click here
SKI SHUTTLES GLIDE OVER THE WARPS WITH OUT DRAG LIKE STICK SHUTTLES 







 i use the ashford handi handles to advance my warps and for the cloth beam clogs. it really saves my hands and makes it so much eaiser 

ASHFORD HANI HANDLE CLICK HERE




  ALL FINISHED WITH MY WEAVING  YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH BULK THE FREEDOM ROLLER ALLOWS WITH NO PROBLEMS!



  time to cut it in half  i  simply sew 2 straight lines of straight stitch on my machine  to secure ….


  the cut down the middle .  GINGHER 8" SPRING LOADED SHEARS IN MY ETSY SHOP HERE




  soaked and hanging on the rail to dry


 IT IS SO WARM AND SNUGGLY AND IN USE ALMOST ALL THE TIME!






 i cut yarn and knotted it for the fringes that were on the cut ends 
you could also leave empty warp inbetween for woven in fringes but i was not sure i would have a long enough warp  so i opted for tying on extra fringes when i was finished it worked out beautifully.




HAPPY WEAVING IN CALIFORNIA REDWOODS 

JILL NICKOLENE SANDERS








Monday, March 2, 2020

Group weaving classes at Saori Santa Cruz

I have had two recent group weaving classes at the studio. it is very fun to come for a drive to the santa cruz mountains and take a  weaving or spinning class with family and freinds .

Adi came and brought 2 more friends who love to craft the trio had a wonderful time ….























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Brih who has disabilities came  back for a class in how to switch out a saori inside set

                                        WHAT IS A INSIDE SET? HERE






  SHE IS LEARNING TO WEAVE TABS DURNING CLASS this month




a new tecnique to used on her saori loom at home
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 SUSAN AND HER  FRIEND CAME FOR A SAORI CLASS


  WE HAD A MINI KAI  (SHARE ) SUSAN SPINS YARN TOO.




 WHAT A CUTE SHRUG SUSAN WOVE AND SEWED !





they tried on some of my saori woven and sewed garments 






  there finished samples ! a FUN day

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                                              Peaceful weaving in the redwoods

                                              JILL NICKOLENE SANDERS

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