New Weaving Bench

My loom didn’t come with a bench, and for the last few months I’ve been using a dining room chair. While not a huge problem, it is the wrong height for proper posture, and doesn’t allow the same range of motion as the bench I got to use at the studio weaving class I took. When I researched how much it would cost to buy a mass-manufactured bench which had no character, and which I’d have to pay for shipping anyways, I had a rather brilliant thought (if I do say so myself.) A friend of mine has some skill as a woodworker, and so I was super excited to commission a custom weaving bench from him.

I’m not picky. I simply told him the width of my loom between its legs, and the height I wanted it, and said that I wanted a seat that opened into a storage area. Beyond that, I left it entirely up to him how he styled it. Oh, and I requested one more thing: I told him I wanted him to do something artsy to it.

“What sort of artsy thing?”
“I don’t care, up to you!”
“What do you want it to look like?”
“Your choice!”
“What kind of things do you like?”
“Unique things made by artists!”
“Gah! Fine. But you have to pick a color. What color?”
“Oh, alright. Green. Do something green to it.”

I am more than pleased with what he came up with in the end. It is perfect! It is something unique and beautiful that I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. THIS is why you make friends with artists. THIS is why you support artists whenever you get the chance. Fill your life with unique beautiful things that make you happy. ART! wheeee!

The one thing I might add myself is a padded cushion for the top. I think I’ll try to hand weave a cover which I can stuff with memory foam, or a pillow. That’d be highly appropriate.

Wedding Shawl

This is the second finished project from my loom, and I love it almost more than the first. It was intended to be a wedding shawl for a friend… Who was getting married in June, in 100deg weather. Ehh, its the thought that counts 😉

The pattern is called “huck lace,” and it was fascinating and easy to weave. It creates an interesting wave-like pattern by alternating basic weave sections with long “float” sections. This means that once the fabric is removed from the loom and loses that tension the float areas are allowed to bunch together, while the plain weave sections stay stable. It also means that the warp threads float on one side, and the weft on the other, to create an interesting color effect.

I was inspired by the pattern in examples online, and I wanted to do something traditional by giving a blue gift to a bride. I found a lovely soft full wool (Jaggerspun Heather Line 2/8) in cream and light blue. Oh it is glorious yarn. So easy to work with, and so soft once I fulled it.

In the end I was having so much fun I wove a little too far, the “shawl” is almost long enough to be a lap blanket. But it feels and looks so good, I can’t complain. I really truly enjoyed this project, and can’t wait to see what I’ll weave next.