Monday, March 17, 2014
What do I think about my new loom?
I've had a chance to really play with my Ashford Table Loom now, and I have to say it's great. This loom is a perfect match for my brain, body and ability.
I drew a sketch on a scrap of paper, and challenged myself to translate it into weaving. After a few false starts (it helps to have one heddle per warp thread if you know what I mean), I figured it out.
This is the easiest loom to warp that I've tried so far. I warped front to back, using the SAORI cross holder I showed you earlier. It worked fantastically well. Such a simple idea, and yet I've never seen anyone use it outside of a SAORI studio.
So I took my warp threads, one at a time and put them through the reed, then I threaded them through the heddles in the order I guessed the pattern would be like. Easy peasy. Especially easy because there are only a choice of 4 heddles to choose from, and I can count to four pretty well most days.
As for threading, this loom is pretty ergonomic. Unlike a large floor loom, I didn't have any trouble with certain body parts (aka, my ahem, rather large endowment at the front) getting in the way. I sat myself and the loom on the floor, and just went at it. After a few hours, when my back was tired, I put my loom on my bed, which is one of those low Ikea ones, and sat on the floor in front of it. It's the perfect hight.
Here's the fabric I made for my sample. As you can see, it's eclectic. I tried different kinds of yarn from spindle spun woolen thread to cotton, to commercial purple. The best fun was playing around with different treadling patterns including 2/2 twill, 1/3 twill, 3/1 twill, plain weave, SAORI weaving... anything I could think of.