March 13, 2012

My First FWO

Finished Woven Object. What do you know? Weaving, at least plain weave, is faster than knitting.

About 20"x 59", excluding fringe, just shy of 300 grams. All hand spun yarn, 7.5 dpi reed. I'm learning all this new weaving lingo. While there is room for improvement, overall I'm pleased with the results. My tension along the edges was pretty bad at the beginning, I was worried about it being too tight and pulling in too much, so I kept it loose. Real loose. It looks like this;
sort of like a gunny sack that's starting to unravel. But I figure it must be easier to tighten up a loose edge than to loosen up a tight edge. I'll bet there's a YouTube video somewhere that shows how. 'Cause I can't be the first person to do this.

I went to the Ashford website and watched a video about warping and weaving on a rigid heddle (heehee, my spell checker doesn't think heddle is a real word) loom. There was a brief part about getting the edge tension right, so after I watched the video, the edges of the shawl started looking like this;
not perfect, but an improvement.

Most of the brown yarn is a 50/50 alpaca silk blend, my second ever spinning project. Seems fitting it ended up in my first weaving project. The blue yarn is a merino/seacel blend and then I tossed in some odd ball bits, a fine alpaca (not so fine, really, but that's how it was labled) in brown, and some darker brown wool.

Now to decide on my next project.


  1. It is a slippery slope, my friend!

  2. An excellent book for rigid heddle weaving, if you can find it, is "Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving" and I think it's by Betty Davenport. An oldie but a goodie. My first loom was a RH and that book was a huge help.