Trying out the Inkle Loom and New Orchids

After making a set of heddles, I was able to warp the loom using several different designs.  There are limited design possibilities with this warp faced weave, but the resulting bands are colorful, interesting, and useful for decorative bands on clothing or for handles for handbags or camera bags or whatever.  Next I want to experiment with a wider band, and perhaps try a balanced weave to see how the loom works for this.

I made the first heddles with cotton twine, but switched to a synthetic twine which is stronger and less apt to snag the yarn.

Warping the loom
Three different bands; this was practice in creating different warp faced designs.

I came home from the orchid show this weekend with two new orchids, a Cattleya with yellow and purple blooms and a Dendrobium with lovely white and pink flowers.  Nice color to create a sense of spring inside the house!


New Year Challenges

What a fantastic Christmas present!

I may get a chance to use up some of my boxes of homespun wool this winter.  My husband made me an inkle loom for my Christmas present.  It’s not only beautiful, but it’s a fully functional loom for weaving narrow strips of fabric.  I’ve never done any weaving before, so here’s my chance to learn a little bit about how it is done.  My daughter is the experienced weaver in the family, but it will be fun to learn a bit about the process.  I do have loads of wool that I’d love to use up!

December String Ensemble Concert; Cultural Center of Cape Cod

I had a wonderful, rejuvenating break from this Fall’s cello playing over the Christmas holidays; now I’m motivated to start the new year with work on technique and some new pieces.  String Ensemble doesn’t start again until mid February, so I have lots of time to devote to scale work, some new etudes, work on a Bach gigue, a thumb position Breval piece, and begin a beautiful Brahms Sonata.  It’s a joy and a gift to be able to play such beautiful music on such a lovely instrument.  Cellos are awesome!

Someone shared this wonderful musical cartoon with me:

Happy New Year everyone!