I’ve found that I can use my Harp Rigid Heddle Loom to do my cardweaving. This is my first try and I’m sure I can come up with a way to make it more user friendly, but the truth is that I really enjoyed this. I am having a problem with keeping all my warp threads equal length and wind up wasting a lot of thread because I will find that one or two threads are about 6 or 7 inches shorter than all the rest… oh well.. Learning is good thing… ;o)
Another problem I find is that as the weaving goes along, it gets looser for some reason .. note how the pattern gets larger as it goes… I’m not sure what that is all about, but I think it has something to do with using a little cardboard thingy for my shuttle… So a poplar shuttle is in the works in the shop.. More on that…
The EZ Pi Shawl is almost finished.. Of course by the time it is done I will have accomplished putting the finishing touches on my carpal tunnel syndrome in my right arm and hand! :o) This is my last ball of handspun in this color, so it will be used to put the border on… It now has 1,248 stitches per round with 7 stitches per inch… That should make it 178.3 inches circumference.. before border and blocking. Now I have no idea how to find the diameter using those numbers…too many years since geometry..lol If anyone else knows, please leave me a note… (OK… I just looked it up online.. circumference divided by pi (3.14) equals diameter… So.. this now has a diameter of 57 inches before border and blocking… I think that is big enough… phew! ) And then comes the re-dyeing… Not sure what color yet..
Have spent some time in the shop working on these two things… a rigid heddle that can be used for inkle weaving and a shuttle. They were both cut from a 6″ wide piece of poplar and when I left them yesterday, this is what they looked like. More work to be done today. All the rough cuts are finished and the finishing work with the Dremel, sanding, staining (if that is what I decide to do) are what is left. These should be finished today… barring unforeseen you know…lol
You thought I was really kidding about the carpal tunnel syndrome, didn’t you? Well, I don’t know about carpal tunnel but my right arm has really been upset with me for the last couple of days… so when I came in from the shop yesterday I went to my workroom and put together these two rice hot/cold pads. I love the longer one. It has sections sewn into it and that makes it wrap more easily around places like elbow and shoulder… keeps the rice in the right positions. I had some flannel left over from some baby blankets made for the great grandchildren, so I used that to make covers for these. Really used them yesterday… May have to make many of these for Christmas!