Sunday, April 15, 2012

Collette, the 45 inch LeClerc Tapestry Loom above is warped!  I bought this loom from my friend Donna Hilton of the Weavery at Indian Meridian (WIM) a few years ago and have been thinking about how to warp and weave on it ever since.  After reading a new book from Kathe Todd Hooker, So Warped, Warping a Loom for Weaving Tapestry, I was ready to give it a try.  I decided on a narrow warp of about 7 inches just to get a feel for the process.  It was a bit tricky getting the warp on the loom and spread correctly for my 8 threads per inch but thanks to the new DVD set from Archie Brennan and Susan Maffei the leashes went on with no problems and I have woven the hem.  I like using the leashes and find them a very natural fit for me.  I wanted to improve my process of placing the warp on the loom and spacing it so I checked with Tommye Scanlin and she referred me to Rebecca Mezoff's blog where she has a wonderful post on warping the loom complete with step by step pictures! Next time I will definitely use a reed as she has done and it will make the whole process more efficient.  This time I will weave on the warp I have and I am so happy to finally have one on this loom.  I would like to try something like the tapestry calendar idea that I have read about on Tommye Scanlin and Janet Austin's blogs.  I think a Spring theme might be a good place to start and it certainly can be an interesting topic here in Oklahoma!

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