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My daughter sewed me a couple of gorgeous triangle shaped bags that got me thinking….
‘Hmmmm…. could I weave a triangular shaped bag?’
And, the answer was so obvious that it was a palm to forehead moment!
Duh! Use the triangle loom!
So, I did, and here’s the result:
The easiest bag ~ever~!!!!
These bags are so comfortable to use- they hug your body!
I designed it so there are 2 pockets on the outside for glasses, cellphone, business cards, lip gloss etc
I wove mine on the 3 foot configuration of my Dewberry Ridge Triangle loom LINK to their site.
But, you could weave it on the 6 foot configuration, too, if you prefer.
Demonstrating with the full size triangles was too hard to get into the screen of the video camera,
so I used triangles woven on my 14 inch triangle:
The finished bag is about 24 inches from the tip of the handle to the base point and about 18 inches across:
It’s such a fun and easy bag to make, I know that I am going to be making a whole lot more of them!
Here’s the video tutorial on how to make them:
Weaving triangles on the tri loom is great fun, and very easy, too.
This video tutorial demonstrates on a small Dewberry Ridge Looms triangle loom, but the technique is the same, no matter what size the loom.
Weaving a triangle isn’t just weaving a triangle- they can be combined to make squares and rectangles, so your design possibilities are completely unlimited!
I used the 14 inch triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms to weave a stole for my daughter: Link
And I made a video tutorial on how I used tambour crochet to decorate the triangles: Link
Of course, you can use a tri loom to weave triangular shawls, too…. LINK
or blankets: LINK
or Cowls: LINK
Dewberry Ridge Looms can be ordered from dewberryridge.com/
I wanted to wrap my daughter with love, so I decided to weave her a stole or scarf that has the hand prints of our near and dear.
And in the hand prints, are little hearts that I wove on my heart loom. LINK for how to weave them.
I wove the triangles on the 14 inch triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge looms LINK
And showed how to do the chain stitch drawings: LINK
And, how to weave the flower from hearts: LINK
Because the scarf/stole/shawl will be seen from both sides, I stitched a heart to each side of the stole :o)
I plan on crocheting an edge around it eventually, but am holding off on that until we are sure that we don’t want more triangles added to it.
I love being able to pour my love into a special gift- with love in every stitch! 😀
In every stitch is a wish for happiness!
I’ve just made a new video tutorial showing how to use a nifty technique to embroider motifs onto small loom weavings.
The technique is tambour crochet, and the motif is one of my most favorites, the heart…
This is the first in a series of video tutorials and free projects that I will be posting in honor of ‘Stitch Red’, which is the Needlearts industry’s campaign for heart disease awareness- working to benefit The Heart Truth through the end of June 2013.
I care deeply about heart health, as my mother and mother in law both had heart problems, and my mom had to have surgery on her heart.
I don’t want any of us to have to go through that …. so I am very committed to helping people have happy healthy hearts!
I used the tambour technique to embroider the heart and greyhound for the memorial piece about the passing of our beloved companion in this blog post Link
In the video, I promised that I would share a heap of links, and so here they are:
The Stitch Red campaign website is: www.stitchred.com
Their blog is http://www.stitchred.com/blog.asp
The loom in the video is a 14 inch triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge looms tri loom
More links to the Stitch Red campaign: Ravelry group
I love geometry, and am intrigued by sacred geometry. I think that’s why I like working with looms that are different geometric shapes.
Last autumn, my nephew and his bride asked me to weave them a blanket as a wedding present.
Hmm- there were so many options on how to weave the blanket.
I settled on using my triangle loom that had recently arrived from Dewberry Ridge looms. Link
I set it up to the 5 foot configuration and started weaving:
I decided that 4 triangles on the 5 foot configuration of the loom, stitched together with the hypotenuse of the triangles forming the outside edge of the blanket, would work best.
I wanted to try giving it a bit more texture and interest than just plain weave, so I went with Over 2/Under 2, and loved it.
The yarn is gorgeous Kertzer wool that has been discontinued. It took 12 balls of
Kertzer Rejuvenation, 100% wool, 100 gm/3.5 oz, 200 m/220 yds, color # 8006 to make the blanket.
I used 2 strands of yarn held together to weave the triangles for the blanket.
To stitch the 4 triangles together, I laid them on the dining room table and stitched 2 triangles together (remembering to have the hypotenuse on the outside, and not stitched), then stitched the other 2 triangles together.
Then, I stitched the long center seam together.
I used the ‘V’ or ‘Baseball’ stitch to do the stitching.
This video shows how to do it:
After I stitched the 4 triangles together, I spool knitted about 21 feet of spool knitted cord for the outside edges.
I stitched it onto the blanket edges….
Here’s a video that shows how to do that:
I thought that loops at the corner would be pretty, so I added them
It was a crazy amount of work to make the blanket.
The weaving took 12 or 13 days of full days at the loom, and the spool knitting, fulling, stitching etc added several more days.
So, this is NOT a quick and easy project.
I hope that my nephew and his bride like it, and if they don’t, I gave them my permission to give it away, so that someone else can enjoy it.
No point in having it fill up a cupboard and not be used, so hopefully, it is keeping someone warm and cozy!
I love my triangle loom-( I have the Dewberry Ridge adjustable one that is a wonder of engineering and fine craftsmanship. LINKIE
I know this, because I do some woodworking myself, so I know how hard it is to create such precise joins! And the math and geometry is amazing.)
Anyhow… back to my starting point here…. so, I love my triangle loom and the easel it hangs on.
(Although, I have to admit that I have royally bopped myself by smacking into the loom and having it fall on me- yow! And, ahem… I’ve done this MORE times than I care to admit, and each time, I reel away, muttering- “Man! that thing’s heavy!” And it HURTS when you, pardon the pun, ~nail yourself~ with it. I even got myself on the head with it one time. oi vey.)
ANYHOW>>> back to my starting point! I keep wandering astray here!
Okay, so I loves me my loomie…. right… and sometimes I bop myself with it, right, which has NOTHING to do, whatsoever, with what I want to show you….
Which is- that I love that I can multi-task with it!
I mean… after all, if you are going to be living with a big loom, that no matter how much you love it, it still jumps out and thumps you, you better be able to use it in more ways than just weaving with it, right?
So, here’s the deal….
My brilliant daughters are both gifted craftswomen and artists, and they are doing another craft show together this weekend.
So, Daughter #2 (technically, she’s my daughter-in-law, but I love her like she’s my very own, so she’s Daughter #2, not just ‘DIL’) is a fabulous spinner and maker of gorgeous yarns and rovings.
She has knitted up some lovely lace shawls for the show, and mentioned that she needed to do the dreaded blocking. (ugh)
This one is a combination of shetland and camel that she spun.
Looks pretty gnarly before blocking!
I had a flash of inspiration-
I asked her what size she wanted to block them to, and she said 4 feet on the hypotenuse for one of them and 5 feet on the other….
AHA!!!! my triangle loom will work PERFECTLY for blocking the lace shawls!
So I whipped out the different sections to change it to 4 feet (as I had been weaving cowls using the 3 foot configuration -here’s the link to the cowls LINKIE)
And, in 2 shakes of a lamb’s tail, we had her shawl on the loom and blocking!
The shawl is now a thing of beauty!
AND… I have discovered that the easel for the tri loom is also wonderful for multi-tasking-
I have a grotty, ugly old warping board that needs to be supported when I am using it.
I foolishly gave away the folding screen that I used to hang it on when I warp. (in a vague attempt at downsizing and de-cluttering)
I figured that I have another folding screen, and that it would work just as well, right?
Wrong! it goes all shrinking violet on me when I try to hang Mr Plug Ugly Warping Board on it. Rats!
So, when I got the brilliant notion of using the tri loom easel to support Mr Plug Ugly Warping Board, imagine my delight at having it be PERFECT!
(The fractious folding screen had me in conniptions, so you need to understand just how VERY happy I was!!!)
And, yep, that is the evil un-co-operative folding screen to the right.
and eegads… the studio is one honkin’ mess… well, it was either clean the studio, or write this blog post.
(I obviously opted to blog instead of clean. )
I am pleased…. warping is, once again, a pleasure!
I love the way the long low winter sun makes such neat shadows:
And, here’s the back of the easel, showing how Mr Plug Ugly (but oh so essential) Warping Board hangs so nicely on the easel.
Multi-tasking is a very satisfying thing when it means that I get to use my tools in ways that they weren’t originally designed for.
Happy dancing! 😀
Last summer was a dragonfly summer. Countless dragonflies zipped and zoomed in glorious flashes of color and startling aerial acrobatics.
It was fabulous!
What wasn’t fabulous was the reason for their huge population upsurge: A vicious swarming plague of mosquitoes. UGH!
Ah well… here we are in deep mid winter, and now it’s just the memories of the dragonflies that are a pleasure, without the nasties of the mozzies.
I celebrated my love of dragonflies by weaving a shawl on the 7 foot configuration of the Dewberry Ridge triangle loom (LINK)
I wove it with handspun wool that has shots of silk and angelina in it.
I also included rows of eyelash yarn every 28 nails, which gave me the perfect grid for embroidering the dragonflies.
I embroidered the dragonflies onto the shawl while it was still stretched on the loom- the loom is the perfect embroidery hoop!
It is definitely a one of a kind, as all the combination of elements that came together to make it just won’t happen again.
When I was doing the embroidery, I turned the loom every which way to make it easier to get to each square.
The dragonflies are embroidered with silk that I spun on my support spindle.
I didn’t use a pattern or drawing to embroider the dragonflies.
Pardon the pun, but I just ‘winged’ it. :p
People stop me to admire the shawl when I wear it. It gives me an opportunity to talk about weaving, spinning and embroidery (and spool knitting, too!)
I don’t like fringes on shawls- so I spool knitted a looooooooooooooooong cord, and stitched it onto the shawl while it was still on the loom.
That was wonderfully easy! I held the spool knitted cord up against the outside of the nails, and ‘v’ (baseball stitch) it to the shawl.
This video shows how to stitch cord to a finished woven edge:
Happy dragonflies! Happy triangles! Happy everything…. 😀
We all need a little bit of silliness once in awhile, right?
I was weaving with my tiny 3 1/2 inch triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms, LINK and I discovered that you can weave an oh so cute mustache with them….
So, my silly gift to you is a video tutorial on how to weave a mustache on a little triangle loom (or a slightly larger mustache on a potholder loom).
Our very good natured dog, who is used to modelling for my daughter in law and me, posed so prettily with one of the mustaches,
And, so did my teddy bear….
And, bless her heart, so did my darlin’ daughter in law, who spun the gorgeous Shetland wool that I used to make her mustache with.
Here’s the video on how to weave yourself an oh so stylish mustachio!
Happy Weaving, and have fun! 😀
It’s been a crazy busy time in my studio, with lots and lots of deadlines to meet.
But… in between it all, I have been having a lovely time with the triangle loom.
Mine’s from Dewberry Ridge Looms [link] It’s a thing of beauty- so well made!
I’ve been experimenting with the loom to figure out some different ways of using it.
I have come up with a way of using the tri loom to weave ‘V’ shapes.
It was a little challenging at first, especially since I wanted to weave a buttonhole in, as well.
But, it was worth the trouble! The ‘V’ weaving technique can be used on any size triangle loom.
The ’V’ shape gives the cowl flexibility and drape, so it fits beautifully.
My lovely daughter in law, who is a FABULOUS spinner, spun the yarn for these three cowls.
I made the buttons from coconut shells.
Oh, my word! I did NOT enjoy cutting them out- the round shape of the coconut shell makes for a hair raising experience when sawing. That’s definitely a one time only for me. I’ll stick to cutting my buttons from wood from now on. 😛
You can order the pattern, which includes the instructions on how to weave the ‘V’ shape on the Triangle loom, and how to weave a buttonhole, too, on my website:
Now that we are sliding into winter, weaving coziness is a very good idea!
Happy weaving! 😀