Sunday, February 19, 2012

On the Road With My Inkle Looms

I was greeted in Columbia by this fabulous sunset.
Thanks to a regular blog reader, Kathy of Columbia, California, I got invited to give a program for the Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild. They meet in a church in the small historic town of Columbia which is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from my home. It is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and was one of the "Gold Rush" towns. The central part of California was lovely to drive through with rolling hills, orchards, clouds and mountains ever changing in my view. What a treat!

The guild members were a friendly and eclectic group of fiber artists. It was interesting to note that many of them keep fiber-producing animals (goats, llamas, and goats) as their area is more rural than mine.

Here are 4 of the 5 looms that I took along. Each has a different type of yarn on it for a different purpose. 
From left to right they are: fine silk ribbon, a bamboo and rayon scarf, a cotton and cassette tape guitar strap, a linen and hemp powder horn strap.

A closeup of the silk ribbon on my Ashford Inklette
Detail of the cotton/cassette tape guitar strap on one of my Schacht looms. Shiny cassette tape!
The scarf is now off the loom, it's ends twisted and ready to be listed in my Etsy shop. 
The powder horn strap in hemp and linen. Since I suspected that the dark brown/maroon color of the hemp might bleed, I rinsed and soaked it. Yep, it bled all over and the natural hemp took on some of it's color, making that portion look rather pink. Oops!

When I round up samples of my work and completed projects and put them all together it makes a pretty impressive display, if I do say so myself. There is just so much stuff that I have collected through my years of weaving!  It answers the question of what can you make with an inkle loom. 

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  1. Most asked question of an Inkle weaver, what can you DO with them? It's great to see so many diverse end uses in one photograph!

  2. Naomi- That sure is one of the questions I get asked the most! Fortunately, I have 35 years worth of answers.