Learning something new

This week I had a lovely email from a customer. She told me she had been using the little circle looms to make ‘Tenerife Lace’. 

I was very intrigued as I’d never heard of this before. So I spent a little while with Google and having a go at weaving. It’s quite fascinating so thank you KO for pointing me in this new direction. 

  

   
I need to practice my knots but here is my first test of this technique.   

It’s pretty rough but I think Tenerife Lace might make a nice snowflake decoration or cup coaster.  And wouldn’t it look amazing if lots of these round motifs were joined up to make a lacy fabric!

 I think I will try it again but use a crisp cotton or linen thread instead. Or maybe some bright colours to make this very traditional technique look more contemporary. 

If anyone else would like to have a try, here are the two online resources I’ve been following to get me started…..

https://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books/archive_012.pdf

And

https://archive.org/stream/teneriffelacewor00thde#page/6/mode/1up

Hope you have a lovely weekend. 

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Welcoming a New Loom

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been ‘breaking in’ my new loom. 

So far, it’s been quite a slow progress with plenty of ‘scratching of head’ moments. 

My father- in-law kindly helped me put it together on a hot sunny day. 


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 I worked on linking it to my laptop, then set up some warp threads and finally got to weave a little cloth. 

There have been plenty of teething problems along the way but it is a very lovely loom and I feel like we will become very good friends. 

P.S. For anyone interested in looms; this is a narrow width 24 shaft compu-dobby made by AVL.  The computer bit assists me with longer, complex weave sequences, but everything else about it still involves hand weaving.