Jane has been fascinated with fiber since she first read tales of spinning straw into gold in fairy tales. Her fascination with spinning was realized in the mid-1970’s. Jane started weaving on a four-shaft table loom in 1979, but it was not until she acquired a 7-foot triangle loom in 1990 that she found her dream tool. The ‘instant’ warp while you weave has provided endless hours of fascination. Jane has since added smaller size looms to her collection which are perfect for ‘on the go’ projects.
IN VARIOUS SIZES
Continuous strand weaving begins just as soon as a foundation row is attached to the loom and then the weaving continues from the same ball of yarn by weaving a loop over and under the foundation which increases as each loop is finished and hooked on a nail. Each row of weaving makes the piece grow from the outside corners of the loom toward the center. The last row is actually a single strand. The edges of the weaving are all interlocked so no additional securing of the edges is needed.
These small looms which were first introduced in the 1930’s as Weave-It, Weavette, or Loomette, are currently experiencing a reresurgence of interest. This loom is actually warped by winding yarn in three directions, which creates the weaving foundation. After three layers are wound onto the loom, the yarn length to weave is measured by winding around the four sides of the pins. Having to carry the full length of weaving yarn through each row in sometimes considered a barrier to weaving on larger size pin looms. Pin loom squares have a ‘natural’ bias since the weaving occurs on the horizontal rather than the diagonal as with continuous strand weaving.
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Monticello, WI 53570
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