I can’t share photographs of the weaving that I am doing for my new book, nor can I say anything about it, but, I can tell you about something else I have been up to. 🙂
I absolutely love weaving Scandinavian style woven bands, using different styles of rigid heddles.
Many people weave narrow bands by using backstrap looms, which I find to be a complete misery to work with. ugh.
I love using my Norwegian cradle loom and other rigid heddle looms.
I’ve been mulling over the idea of making a smaller, more portable box loom based on the Norwegian cradle loom.
A few weeks ago, as we were cleaning and clearing in preparation for our big move, we found some sweet little drawers that my father in law had made many decades ago.
He had reclaimed some tiny little wooden butter boxes and made wee drawers for his workshop with them:
And, since then, the idea for building a tiny, oh so portable band weaving box loom has been gestating in my mind….
After much trial and error, I have built the little loom, and absolutely adore it!
I have made a small video that shows what I did to build this little charmer:
This is the ratchet and pawl that I designed for my loom.
I made them from a scrap of marine plywood, which allowed me to curve the pawl.
I am going to make the next one from a piece of purpleheart that we’ve been saving, so I am going to make the pawl straight, to make it stronger and not risk breaking it by cutting a curve against the grain.
If you are interested in learning more about weaving Scandinavian style narrow bands, definitely seek out the work of the marvelous weaver extraordinaire, Susan Foulkes: