Cricket Loom: Hey! No Loom Waste!

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Cricket Loom “warp extender”

I’ve been sampling for a garment for the TNNA fashion show which is coming up in June. I didn’t have a lot of yarn for sampling and I had a lot of ideas I wanted to explore. So, to maximize my warp, I tied onto the back with tie-up cords from our Schacht floor looms. I like these because they don’t stretch and are pre-measured. After threading my reed I tied my warp groups in about 3/4″ bundles. I looped the tie-up cords around the apron bar with the plastic connector at the bar. Finally, I attached the warp bundles to the tie-up cords with lark’s head knots. Simple. Fast.

Why didn’t I direct warp for this project–which is a super way to get the maximum length out of a warp? I chose to use a warping board for this sample because I wanted to alternate ends in the heddle and also thread some ends randomly. Measuring my warp first on the warping board gave me a little more freedom when I threaded. In this case, I thought it would also be the faster way.

To keep track of my experiments, I wrote everything down as I wove. As I always maintain, you think you’ll remember, but you won’t. Again, stopping momentarily as you’re weaving is a time saver in the end.

Stay tuned for more installments on my TNNA fashion show garment.

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Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.