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Friday, January 10, 2014

Inkle Loom

I got an inkle loom for Christmas!!  Actually, I got the parts to make a loom out of PVC pipe, which made me so happy because A) it was fun to put together and B) it was cheap, cheap, cheap!  
**For those of you that might not be first century weaving scholars, inkle means "ribbon" or "strap" and refers to narrow bands of warp-faced fabric that are woven on a small, portable loom.  Normal weaving (to make fabric) is done on large floor looms which are not portable and can take up a lot of space.


My loom makes about eight feet of finished trim.  I've got a cute pink checkerboard pattern warped on it right now.  I'm still new at it, so it takes me a couple of hours to get it warped, and then it will take me another couple of hours to weave it.


These are some of my first bands.  I made them with regular inkle weaving, using heddle strings to create the shed.


These are my card weaving bands.  I have fallen in love with card weaving!  It's faster than regular weaving (for me) and the results are so beautiful.


I've used some of the finished trim as drawstrings for some muslin bags that I made, and I also have made some of the woven trim into headbands.  It makes great headbands!  They remind me of the non-slip headbands that I used to buy, back when I was running.


Did you guys get any fun new toys this holiday season?!

xoxo

24 comments:

  1. OMG! They are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

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  2. My goodness the bands are very pretty but I am a crocheter and it felt like I was reading another language. All those terms are not familiar to me but I loved that you are so creative. Maybe you could add some definitions on your posts. I may be the only one who doesn't understand the terms. You impress me all the time with your creativity.

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  3. That is awesome I've never seen anything like that

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  4. These are soooo intricate looking!!!!
    Beautiful...I learned card weaving many many years ago but don't remember any results like this. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Cool! In college, we did weaving with the cards that you use with that loom, but we tied the string to a door knob. I never knew that people used looms to weave with them!

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  6. I have the cards but do not know how to use them. :( Where can I go to get help on learning to use them?

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    1. Hi Camille! I bought a book, by Candace Crockett, called Card Weaving that explained it really well. I had some trial and error at the beginning, but I don't think I would have figured it out without the instructions in the book. Hope this helps!
      xo Jaime

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  7. Jaime, is there a link I can order one from?

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    1. Hi Renee! The loom is actually my design, my husband got me 10' lengths of pvc pipe and connector elbows for Christmas! But, if you're interested I could put something together for you. Would you want measurements and a schematic to build your own (free!), or would you want me to ship you pre-cut pieces that you could assemble yourself (cost of parts and shipping)? Let me know! xo Jaime

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    2. I would like to know measurements/schematic and also how much it would cost to get the pre-cut pieces?

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    3. Jaime, I would also like the measurements/schematic to make this. It's just w\hat I've spent all day looking for! ::grin::

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  8. the measurements would be fine :)
    How have you been? I changed my old blog addy,and since winter is here I am back to crocheting LOL ,Iv posted some patternsd on my blog :)

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  9. Jaime, I can not believe I found You!! I was just trying to design this very item. Would you please share your cut measurements with me as well???

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  10. Jaime, Thank you Thank you so much! Mine is done. I am so excited to give her a whirl.

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  11. Such a lovely to see about this Inkle Loom because it's very colorful and exceptional looking as well and that's why I will order few of them within a short period of time. So please can you tell me the price of it and how you will sell this to me? Thanks

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  12. Jaime, Please I am interested in purchasing the thing and putting it together myself. When you send the parts do you also send instructions? I know increasing the cost but it would be worth it to me, I think. Otherwise what would I do? Or do you still recommend buying the book.

    I am 70 yrs old and very arthritic and love to learn new things that I can sit and do.

    Bu the way still working on my Harley Davidson afghan. Trying to even out the side edges now. Found out do the afghan stitch too loose and too tight. Probably should have practiced it first.and practiced tapestry as well. But it really is coming out so nicely. The letters look just like you picture.

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  13. Love the loom, would love to have a schematic / measurements of pipe, and list of supplies, if you don't mind. :)

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  14. Hi Jaime, are you still offering the schematics for the loom? I have been searching all over the place for a loom I could build myself. Thank you so much!

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  15. I am also interested in the schematic of the loom.

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  16. Hi Jamie! It looks like I'm not the only one who wants your loom design! It looks really nice and super portable! And your bands came out so beautiful! Your card weaving looks really good! I can't wait until I get to that level of awesome!

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  17. Halo. Please, would you please share your cut measurements with me as well??? Please, please! Sorry, but my english is not so good.

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  18. If you're still offering the measurements/schematics for the loom, I'd very much appreciate them! I'd be happy to exchange them for instructions for fabric and PVC shelving suitable for magazines or small books.

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  19. OMGoodness am I glad I found this on Pinterest...I have been looking for an Inkle Loom that I can afford...I am on a very fixed income...I just took a 3 hour class on Beginner's Card Weaving and loved it...everything sort of fell into place...I would be willing to pay for the instructions if you have any

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