I always seem to need an extra place or two while weaving to set down shuttles, scissors, etc. I ordered this long custom basket from the very talented Julie Ballard at The Suburban Pioneer.
It fits perfectly on the crossbar of the Erica loom and does exactly what I need! As a bonus, the small spinning basket from Julie’s collection hangs on the castle knob—functional and cute! Not to be left out, the blue loom bench basket is a nice addition for the weaving bench that I use with my Ashford table loom.
I added some pictures so you can see how the baskets are attached.
This scarf came about in a rather special way. My cousin Rene called and asked if I would make a scarf for his sister, Marcia whose dear friend, Sister Betty, passed away this year. (Apparently there was an amusing story involving Sister Betty, a black and yellow scarf, and a plumbing fixture.) I thought it would be nice to find a weaving draft with a cross pattern and when I came across one called ‘Remembrance’, I knew that had to be it. I had never done Overshot before, so it took a while to get the hang of two shuttles. (Overshot requires tabby or plainweave after each pass of the shuttle carrying the pattern yarn.). The scarf was a joy to weave. I finished and mailed it just in time for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days—I don’t know what could be more fitting!
Weaving info: The scarf was woven on 4 shafts on a Louet Erica table loom. I used 8/2 bamboo for warp (20 epi) and tabby and 5/2 bamboo for pattern. The scarf measured 8.5 inches wide and 78 inches long off the loom, and after wet finishing was 7.25 inches wide and 73 inches long (plus 6 inches twisted fringe). Fabric felt stiff off the loom, but was amazingly soft and had wonderful drape after wet finishing.
Sometimes your loom needs a few extras, either purchased or homemade. I am posting four DIY projects that have worked well for my Ashford table loom: a shuttle race, castle lights, a weaving temple, and warp weights.
Interrupted weaving to make a few cloth face masks for friends and neighbors. My weaving skills have far outpaced my sewing skills, but they will do the job. Started out on my Janome sewing machine but it developed a problem that requires a repai service, so I had to finish them on my old singer (previously owned by my grandmother)
This little blanket made on my 8 shaft table loom has a great feel, though it is much smaller than originally planned. I used ‘mallo’ cotton from Gist Yarn & Fiber, and it has a wonderful hand at 16 epi. I hope to make a larger one when they have more of this yarn available.