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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Weaving a hand spun throw on my Ashford rigid heddle loom

 Winter is coming so I warped up another hand spun art yarn for the warp and weft throw on my Ashford 32' rigid heddle loom with the the freedom roller.

I balled up my art yarn skeins it use for the warp, and used my 2.5 size reed on my ASHFORD RIGID HEDDLE LOOM  click HERE



 i used all hand spun yarns with the exception  of a commerical mohair harn i used here in and there 

CONED MOHAIR YARNS CLICK HERE 



 IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LONG ENOUGH ROOM TO WIND YOUR WARP YOU CAN DO WHAT I DID WALK OUT THE FRONT DOOR TAKE A  MEDIUM SIZE IRWIN ADJUSTABLE BAR CLAMP  AND CLAMP I IN PLACE OF THE WHIMPY PEG AND CLAMPS THAT COME WITH ALL BFRANDS OF RIGID HEDDEL LOOMS . CLAMP IT  ON A CHAIR OR LIKE I DID THE DECK RAILING 












  Now to choose my weft hand spun yarns 

 I always love weaving with my ski shuttles click here  they come is 2 sizes 20" and 25" either size is indispensable  i only use the bifurcated ( 2 separate cleats ) style so that i can wrap yarns or fabric etc in a figure 8.


the low profile of the ski shuttles click here fits in the shed and allow the shuttle to glide along with out drag like stick shuttle do.









instead of using the reed/heddle  to beat i use my fingers, or a comb .weaving combs here cherry weaving combs here 
why? on my throws the set is so open that it allows for this technique also it save wear and abrasion on the hnad spun warp yarns.
 


 all this weaving of bulky yarns would not be possible with the unique ashdorf FREEDOM ROLLER ACCESSORY CLICK HERE  normally a rigid heddle loom holds but  a few yards but with  bulky yarns you can barely get 2 yards on the cloth beam . I  got 6 yarns finished cloth here using the freedom roller, you can get even more, it is amazing. 

 i measured 1/2 of the cloth on the beam it was 4" so a roll of cloth 8" or more fit on the freedom roller!!!!


 OFF THE LOOM READY TO CUT IN HALF 



  AND I HAND SEWED TO GETHER WITH A KNITTING DARNING NEEDLE both sections 

 SOAKED IN HOT WATER FOR A HOUR WITH EUCLAN WOOL WASH CLICK HERE




 Drying on the deck rail in the autum sun
 fringes tied all done!



PEACEFUL WEAVING AND SPINNING IN CALIFORNIA REDWOODS

JILL NICKOLENE SANDERS





  studio is still closed for classes because of covid19  but i can ship orders or do drive way covid pick up