This is the second small rug piece I wove on my new-to-me Harrisville rug loom. It measures 15 by 28 inches and uses a variety of materials. The warp was linen and the light grey weft is cotton. The four other colours are churro wool.
I believe I will use this as a table topper, like an oversize hotpad or even on a coffeetable.
And here is the third piece completed. I had wanted to use this as a rug, but because I was trying to cram a lot of weaving in a short warp, I could not use normal binding off techniques. So I do not think the edges would have held up to heavy traffic. It graces my office wall right now. It is 26.25 X 33 inches.
Both of these rugs utilize shaft switching techniques and equipment.
Recently the talk of the Fiber Prep group on Ravelry is about "blending boards". It's like a drum carder, but without the drum. A flat surface covered in carding cloth. During the same week this was impressing many on Ravelry, hubby and I were in a thrift store where he spotted this! Naturally it had to come with me. (This model is not the same as what the current buzz is about.)
So it is a heavy wooden box construction, with a separate handle that also has carding cloth on it. The manufacturer is Louet, a good name in spinning circles. A little vacuuming to clean out the remains from the previous owner and I was ready to roll.
Here is the end on view, so you can see how the two sets of tines are proximal to one another. The batts in the back ground came off of an Ashford drum carder.
And here is a view of the pegs on the handle which help to guide you in a straight path and you sweep away from yourself.
In this image you can just see two wool locks to the right of …
Here is the original pattern page that I made the translations from.
My translation follows.
Germine Galerneau ,
Ministry of Agriculture
Diagram A represents Tie Up at the top. Tie one treadle to shafts 2 and 4 and another treadle to shafts 1 and 3.
The lower portion displays the Treadling . Starting with the treadle tied to shafts 1 and 3, alternate the two treadle throughout.
Diagram B is the Threading. Using four shafts and working from left to right you will thread heddles in shafts 1, then 2, then 3 and then 4; and repeat this sequence across the desired width of your warp.
Dent: 10 dents per inch and two threads per dent.
Warp: natural colour 2/16 cotton and blue 2/16 cotton.
Weft: white rag strips and blue rag strips.
Natural 2/16 cotton and blue 2/8 cotton.
Sequence of Weaving :
A) 6 picks natural 2/16 cotton
4 picks white rags
Repeat above two lines (A) 6 times.
B) 6 picks natural 2/16 cotton
C) 6 picks blue 2/8 …
This cloth will become a table runner. It is 2/10 pearl cotton. The warp is maroon and the weft is medium purple. So the colours in the last two images are closer to real.
I threaded the loom with a point twill. It was a suggestion and a mighty good one. It was easy to see which shaft I was in while threading the 16 shafts.
I really love this draft I found online at handweaving.net.
I apologize for these two dark photos. I had already turned off the generator so no lights were available.
This draft is also from the same archive. I need to weave some more length and then I will try to get better shots.
Same warp and weft as above.
I have added these two final photos now that I have woven a few more centimetres of this pattern draft.