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Huck Scarf On The Structo Loom

For the past school year, I wove huck scarves as teacher-appreciation gifts. I truly thought I had posted about these scarves long ago, but I couldn’t find any evidence of that. I find it a bit alarming that I accepted as fact something I must have dreamed up. How much of what I believe to be true came from a dream? Is this a symptom of being too busy?!

From my stash of sock yarns, I found some Salvia superwash merino that had been dyed in the skein.

Since the dyers had not re-wound the skein, it was easy to determine the length of yarn for a colour repeat.

Taking advantage of that colour repeat, I wound a warp in a continuous circle to preserve the dye patterning for a “faux ikat” warp.

I used all eight shafts of my little Structo loom for this huck pattern.

The brown weft at the beginning didn’t appeal to me, plus the scarf was too long to wear comfortably.

So, I cut off the beginning for a sample.

The only drawback to this pattern is that it leaves long warp floats on the two selvedges.

The wool is superwash, so I was surprised that the scarves did shrink a little. They were very fast to weave on the Structo; with its solid, all-steel construction, the loom is an amazing performer with impressively smooth and precise tensioning.

64 ends, sleyed 2 per dent on a 6-dent reed
5.33″ on-loom width
Finished dimensions 4.5″ x 74″ + 10″ twisted fringe (one scarf plus sample),
or two scarves, each about 44″ long + 7″ twisted fringe
4-block huck, #672, Carol Strickler’s Weaver’s Book Of 8-Shaft Patterns

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17 September 2012 Posted by | Weaving | , , , , | 3 Comments

Congratulations, It’s Twins!

There hasn’t  been any room for more looms around here for quite some time; that would stop a normal person, but apparently not me.  At least, I can blame Terri for getting me involved with these two, eight-shaft Structo Artcraft looms:

6850StructoTwins

The black Structo loom will be stored until I can find time clean it up and possibly repaint it. 

6855StructoBlk

The loom has a maximum weaving width of eight inches, and is very compact with approximate measurements of  of 15″x9.5″x13″, LxWxH (width is up to 15″ if you include the levers).   Both looms came with 15-dent reeds.  The grey Structo came with four shafts and spools for “sectional” warping; I was able to upgrade it with a second castle with four more shafts and a Dick Blick reed (8-dent, I think).

6744Structo1

6749Structo1SpoolsReeds

I removed the spools from the back beam, and used my hacksaw to cut two rods, which I attached to the front and back beams with grosgrain ribbons.

6751StructoBeam

It’s so easy and quick to dress a small loom!

6740StructoWarping

The warp is some old orange and brown acrylic that had been given to me.  I used some green chenille, doubled, as weft.

6747StructoWarpNWeft

A few minutes of scrounging in the garage for a scrap of lumber and nails produced a serviceable raddle which I attached with some mini spring clamps.

6778StructoBeamingOn

6781StructoBeamingOn2

The lease sticks are drinking straws, and I cut the points off some bamboo skewers for sticks to pack the warp.

6754StructoPackingSticks

One drawback to the loom is, it’s not quiet!  There’s a fair amount of clacking, clanking sounds associated with steel shafts rising and falling.  Also, being solid steel, one needs to be careful not to stub one’s toes or knees on this loom; the loom doesn’t give.  Ask me how I know this. 

6787StructoBasketweave

I’m using an eight-shaft basketweave pattern, and was able to weave in the front passenger seat of the car.  When crossing the floating bridge from Bellevue to Seattle this weekend, I wondered if I’m the first to do so while weaving on an eight-shaft loom?

12 May 2009 Posted by | Weaving | , , , , , | 3 Comments