Thursday, October 16, 2014

Denser Warping -- Warp Option No. 1

This tutorial will focus on the warping technique used throughout the Denser Warping Overviews. Many Circle Weavers in the fiber community are already working with the other method I intend to write up, which wraps around each individual peg; but--- I will do a quick post--Warp Option No. 2--for those who are newer to the world of circular weaving. Or simply newer to weaving in general.

I would have had this updated sooner, but--- I discovered something while I worked on my Rag Bag Tote Project. I was well aware that not all large round yellow looms are created equal. And that--- while they are the same in size and diameter, they can have a different number of pegs.

When I determined I was going to need two looms to make my project work, as I had envisioned, I ordered two new looms.  [They were on sale at the  time, so it made the decision to squeeze them into my budget a little easier to rationalize.] The thing is, I took one of the images on Amazon, and counted the pegs, and figured I was going to get the same brand loom I already owned. WRONG!  I was quite happy once they arrived, that I had indeed ordered two, because--- while makers can utilize the same number of pegs, they can have a different configuration. And I would have ended up ordering a second one, anyway!

Note below, the difference at the Anchor Peg:

As I indicated in the Overview series, this warping technique makes for a perfect outer rim for crochet work.  So----

Let's Get Started

*If a picture is all you need, click on the image above for a Slide Show
I'll run through the process first, using the loom I've used in all the previous tutorials [with the green yarn cone background].

and then follow up with the newer loom [with the white yarn cone background], noting the differences in the Tie On/Tie Off pegs, etc. 

This warping option is simply a continuation of the warping as showed in Warping a Knifty Knitter Loom for weaving in the Round.

This tutorial starts where that first warping would have tied off.
Helpful Graphics from the first Tutorial

SPECIAL NOTE: For a larger view of individual photos:
Right Click on a photo and chose either
Open link in new tab --or-- Open link in new window

The examples above and below show a temporary Tie Off on the Anchor Peg.
Key here, is to keep the initial Tie On thread to the Left side of Peg 1
You'll see how that becomes important shortly.
To start the next round of warping, run your warp thread to the Right side of Peg 1
Below is a numbered graphic for your convenience.
Key Pegs are in Red -- Where small Hair Clips can be utilized. 
As you wrap around Peg 2 you will see the pattern form, and why it is important to keep the Tie On thread running down the Left side of the peg.

Run it across and down the Left side of Peg 2.

Run it down to the Left side of Peg 23,
and then across and up the Right side of Peg 24.


Continue on--- up to the Right side of Peg 3,
and then across and down the Left side of Peg 4.

Back down to the Left side of Peg 25,
and then across and up the Right side of Peg 26.

Back up to Pegs 5 and 6,

and then down to Pegs 27 and 28,

Back up, and so on.

Repeat the motion until you end up at Peg 20 -----
Here's were the pattern breaks a bit:
Another numbered graphic for your convenience.
From Peg 20, run up to the Left side of Peg 41
and then back down to the Left side of Peg 21
Cross over, and then back up the Right side of Peg 22.
Run it back up to Tie Off, temporarily, on the Anchor Peg.
One more helpful numbered graphic.
Special Note: At this point, do not cut the warp thread; just yet.
Here's a nice side view of both how the center warp threads intersect, and how the warp loops stack around the outer rim.

Now for the Dreaded
Center Knot

"Is it supposed to look like that?"

Yes! (~: It can look a bit messy; but, it cinches up quite easily. And in the following method, you can tie off--- and as an end result, barely even see that you have tied a knot. 

[You can use the method of tying cross-ways, as I showed in the first tutorials, if that is what you would prefer to do.]

With this method, you can use the current running warp thread to pull the cross section to a truer center, and tie off with a Half Hitch knot. Very quick and easy; giving you the best and cleanest start possible.
Continuing On

At this point, cut enough of the warp thread to tie off, and then weave 3 to 5 rounds. 

Design-wise, it is good to consider a uneven number.  Not always; but--- you will know when you want to work with an even number of rounds.

It will also help to thread the needle of your choice. 

Untie the warp from the Anchor Peg, and while holding the cut thread taut, drop needle down between Pegs 1 and 41.
As you pull it to the back and snug, pull downward, and watch the threads cinch up.
Pull it to get it centered.
Next, pull the needle back up to the front, between Pegs 22 and 23.
Work the threads further if you feel the need to get the center true,
and then pass the needle through Pegs 1 and 41, one more time.
Secure the warp thread at the back, running it through a cross section, and tying a Half Hitch Knot.
At this point you are ready to weave, and I'll cover these first few rounds in the next tutorial. 
Loom with Differing Peg Configuration
We will now be working with this loom; with the *white yarn cone.

*SPECIAL NOTE:  I will need to do another update to this post. 
I apologize for running out of batteries for my little digital camera. 
What's Up Next?

There will be a Warping Option No. 2.  But--- Not until I can procure more batteries; as indicated above. And, there is a second part to this, concerning a more concentrated look at the first few rounds of weaving.  I have the photos for this one, and uploaded into a new Draft, so it is simply a matter of editing.

Keep in mind, as I believe I spoke to this somewhere in another post, I try to write my instructions here, with Everyone in mind.  Whether someone is new to the art of Weaving, or simply newer to this form of weaving; via a circular knitting loom. 

I will focus on warping up, and weaving on a metal ring sometime soon.  But, before I can refocus there, I need to address my Rag Bag Tote Project.  This is due in part, because of a feature I will delve into more soon.  But, this will likely be another series of tutorials, and hopefully a re-weaving with new materials and fibers. 

[Yes! I do have a plan in mind for that, but--- it is a tad way away from being hatched. (~: ]

Once I am done with this post, though, I do need to focus on my Module 2 yarn and course/journal work.  PLUS! As my "Likes" continue to grow on my HeartSong Studio Facebook page, and the Page Views continue here, continue to indicate a growing global readership, I want to get back to work on my GiveAway Project.  But, you can read more about some of this in my recent General Topics post.

All that said, I do want to say Thank You, again, so very much for finding your way to my humble little blog, and honoring me with your continued support.  HeartSong Studio just passed over 11K page views. And, that can do a heart good.  Wonderfully good indeed.

I think that's it for now.
In the meantime,

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Bye for now, and Blessings~
And Happy Weaving!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Warping Option No. 1 -- A Place Holder

EDITED: October 16, 2014
The update for the Denser Warping -- Warp Option No. 1HAS UPDATED!

What is taking me longer than I first anticipated, is wanting to include some photos, and notations, regarding different loom brands, and their different configuration of pegs.  And, that is simply a good thing to do.

The pending update, though, will focus on warping option featured in the Denser Warping Overview Series, because I know many artisans in the fiber community are already working with the other, easier option.  But, I will do up a quick post for those who are newer to this form of circular weaving and/or weaving in general. So----
In the meantime,

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Bye for now, and Blessings~
And Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

General Topics & Fibery Goodness Update

I've been pulling a few blog-related features together here, and updated the side bar to include [along with the Language Translator], the Subscribe To: widget, and Popular Posts. I'm also in the process of building a Blog Roll; all in an effort to make this blog more socially friendly.  Let me know if there is anything in particular, you would like to see.

Unfortunately, the next update-- the pending Denser Warping series Warping Option No. 1, is temporarily on hold. I've been jumping around from project to project, here of late---- getting somewhat sidetracked from completing the last Draft folder post.  This will remedied soon.  I Promise.  

That said, I trust you will appreciate how I DID get sidetracked. (~: And will look forward to the information that I can eventually share on the following topics.

One of the projects that has me waylaid, is the [eventual] GiveAway Project; for getting more Likes to my HeartSong Studio Facebook page. Weaving began last week. But, I will need to re-determine though the Number of Likes it will take. Which is good thing, actually; because the Likes on my page, are continuing to grow. Thank you all so much! I just can't move as fast, or multi-task like I used to; but--- more about the GiveAway soon, as well.

While I was working on the new companion tutorial, Centered or Offset [which relates back to the pending update], I had a major brainstorm. It's one of those ideas that makes you drop everything else you're doing, so you can focus, solely, on getting it down.  And I am in love with this new project. 

The thing is, I had this particular loom slated for yet another project, and it's been hanging along with several items all tied together--- queued up to make it happen.  So--- I re-e-eally need to get this project finished, so that I can get back to a project I'm pretty sure everyone will enjoy. 

What makes this project rather convenient though, is it may end up working quite well for putting together a subsequent tutorial, that I've already alluded to, to showcase the technique pictured to the left. You can see another example of this, above, as I played with it in the GiveAway Project. 

So, a happy twist of Fate?  Maybe. I like to think so. [That's my story, regardless, and I'm sticking to it. (~; ]

OH!  And what a fun day, when I found THIS in my mailbox!!!! Here is my Majacraft Circle Loom. All the way from New Zealand, and all decorated with Suzy Browns lovely artistry.  I adore Suzy's artwork.   I've not warped it up yet.  Too many other irons in the fire just now.  But, I will find the right project for this loom. Of that I have no Doubt.

I also needed to turn my attention back to my Fibery Goodness module course work.  As I've stated recently on my Facebook studio page, while the spinning of my Module 2 yarn has begun, and I'm currently pulling together different fibers, tools, and add-ins--- the course is not just about spinning.  It's about digging deep, and entertaining certain questions and realities; Past, Present, and Future.

Yesterday's "What if?" work ended up with me in a mood. Because it's one thing to cross out words on a piece of paper. And quite another to cross them out of your heart, and from your mind. Sometimes--- once you delve deep, it has no recourse but to play itself out.
And, as I commented earlier today, in the Group Two -- Module Two Thread in Fibery Goodness Golden Fleece Forum, the on-going conversation reminded of one of my favorite go-to quotes:
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. ~Graham Greene
Fortunate are the ones who were able to walk right through, and on to the life they had envisioned and dreamed. But, I firmly believe that said door is all-too-often forcibly shut. 

This goes hand-in-hand with my own hard-learned life lesson of never underestimating one determined person's power of persuasion over another. NEVER. It can make finding that door again, quite difficult.  And, it can take a very long time  [if ever for some], to re-open it to one's possibilities.

But!  Everyone's Journey is different.  We all come with different Life Experiences. But, there are also the Likenesses to be discovered or realized; shared; nurtured; and/or built upon. 

See? Told you the course can get Deep! (~: 

Or not. It becomes what you need or want it to be.

All that said aside--- time is drawing near for new enrollment in the Fibery Goodness Journey to the Golden Fleece!

I have it on good authority, that Enrollment for Group Three will be OPEN very soon! 

You can keep up to date, here, by joining the mailing list for the Newletter. 
You are also more than welcome to join current course members in the Facebook Journey to the Gold Fleece group. It's a open group. And it's not just solely about Spinning. But--- It is all about Fiber.  Stop by and say, "Hello!"
In the meantime,

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Bye for now, and Blessings~
And Happy Weaving!