Sunday, July 08, 2012
Rag Weaving with a Rigid Heddle Loom
No embroidery this week, I had a craving to start something I could actually finish, something that wouldn't turn into my life's work. I warped my rigid heddle loom with kitchen cotton (worsted weight 100% cotton yarn) using the 7.5 epi heddle. If I had a 5 epi I would have used that.
I have plenty of strips to work with, including this is a ball I strung together with knots some time ago. For the next rag project, I'll eliminate the knots by overlapping my strips with a bit of glue stick. This and other tips on weaving with rags are outlined in Jane Patrick's project page "Recessionista Rag Mats," included in this pdf newsletter from the Schacht company.
Bunny thought she was helping.
This is what I got at the end of the afternoon: a runner for my kitchen table. The nitty gritty: finished size 14.5 x 38" I used both 3/4 inch folded strips and irregularly cut strips under 1" and beat them with a wide toothed comb. Warp: about 130 yards, 62 warp ends on 7.5 epi heddle. Warp length: 74".
So the cats don't try to claim it as their own personal magic carpet, the violets are anchoring it down.