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Blog entry by Diane posted 04-17-2007 06:20 AM 4635 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made the heddles today only to find out the directions must of been in error because I believe they should be twice the length that I ended up with.

I really think I need someone to walk me though getting started. Does anyone want to help me that has an Inkle loom in use already? I ended up with heddles loops 6 inches long, I believe they should be about 11 1/2” instead. I believe the heddles are put on by folding them in half and looping over the heddles bar so 6 inches would leave little space to pass a shuttle through.

The heddles directions that I followed were on this site: inkleweaving.com. Instead of dividing the length in half after measure from the heddle bar to the top of warp bar I think I was suppose to keep that measurement. The measurement I got was the 11 1/2 inches.

I am a bit lost. I am very good at following directions, I can put together almost anything that way, but the directions I’m finding are not very good.

I did just join an Inkle group and posted the directions off of the site I mentioned above and if they think my heddles should be the 11 1/2 inches like I think.

Diane



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David

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#1 posted 04-17-2007 07:50 AM

Diane -

Check Christina White at http://www.funkychickenartproject.com/white.htm

She is a fellow LumberJock (http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Thor) she made a comment about your Inkle loom and sounds like she has some experience using one.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Diane

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#2 posted 04-17-2007 09:41 AM

Hi David :-), nice to see you again. Sorry I’m so lost and can’t figure out how to use the loom you put so much work into. I think I have the heddles figured out now, a least I got that far. It is so simple when one has the right directions.

I could at this point do a weave with no pattern I believe. I’m just not getting how to do a pattern. I’m even getting the patten charts somewhat, I just don’t know how to do for example three white stitches then 4 black ones. It looks like the colors are changed every few stitches and I know that is not the case so it must include how the wrap is put on the loom as well?

Thanks for the information on this lady that might be able to help, I will consider contacting her. I am up late, the results of how frustrated I am.

Diane

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#3 posted 04-17-2007 11:12 AM

sounds like you’re getting it figured out!
There sure are great support people out there, aren’t there?? !!!

(I am of no help with this one… sorry)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Obi

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#4 posted 04-17-2007 04:16 PM

I could write a book on what i know about Inkle Looms (but all the pages would be blank).

You have the greatest teacher and He wouldn’t give you the inspiration without following up with instructions.
Relax… breathe deep, and if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of… James 1:5

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 04-17-2007 04:28 PM

I’m sorry I can’t help you, because I don’t have an inkling of what a Inkle loom is. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Diane

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#6 posted 04-17-2007 04:35 PM

Debbie, no I am still totally lost about how to weave. Like I said I can build anything pretty much with instructions because they are usually very detailed one step at a time but the directions for this loom are pretty bad so far or the site pages need to be zoomed in on to read them. I’m reading one now like that. Like the Heddles all they had to say was to wrap and tie instead of dividing measurement in half and adding two inches which makes for a Heddles half the length I needed.

By stitches I mean the color changes in a pattern, like three white next to 4 black being 7 stitches. I can’t change the color many times within one pass of the shuttle through the weave so I’m not getting how these color changes are taking place. If I put the threads on the loom a different color every turn on the loom then I’d get different colors but that still would not give me a way to follow a pattern.

Diane

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Diane

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#7 posted 04-17-2007 04:38 PM

I’m hoping the Inkle group I joined can help. I am not good at wording my questions so I take alot of time thinking how to word things. I think I explained it well here though. This is why I get so frustrated I’m not good with the questions to get the answers.

Diane

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#8 posted 04-17-2007 04:51 PM

I can feel your frustration!!
So many times I’ve read “simple instructions” and have had no clue what on earth they were talking about.
That’s why i love it when the LJ’s post pictures and especially videos!!!

I’m sure that the Inkle Group will be able to help you. They are the experts and they have all been at the beginning stages.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Diane

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#9 posted 04-17-2007 05:22 PM

That’s true about videos and pictures they sure fill in the blanks many a times. That’s what I was thinking if only I could watch a video or see pictures on how to warp a loom, how to use a pattern to plan that out and how to do the weaving to get the wanted pattern.

Diane

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#10 posted 04-17-2007 05:36 PM

I bet your group knows of such a video OR could make a video for you!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Diane

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#11 posted 04-17-2007 05:46 PM

Debbie that would be nice. The personal video would help if they understood what I wasn’t getting.

Diane

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 04-17-2007 06:30 PM

maybe YOU need to make the video of yourself and ask “what am I not getting right”... I’m sure they’ll pick up on the mis-steps quickly.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Diane

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#13 posted 04-17-2007 07:01 PM

Lol, I looked at the directions again on how to make the heddles, it looks like I did them right. The picture was for doing them a different way, a loop over way instead of string being passed through the heddles to put them on. Goes to show I shouldn’t be trying to figure this out late at night. I’m lost with the rest though.

Diane

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 04-17-2007 07:08 PM

you are getting closer!!! :)
keep at it (of course, make sure you are rested first) :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Diane

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#15 posted 04-17-2007 08:25 PM

Someone from the group gave me these two links from her pages:
http://saralamb.blogspot.com/2006/05/inkle-weaving-101.html
http://saralamb.blogspot.com/2006/03/pick-up-tutorial.html

I actually am understand it enough now to get a pretty good idea how this is done!!!!!

I posted I would like a weaving buddy though so maybe someone lives near me. I sure hope that happens.

Thanks everyone for your patients. I had the loom awhile before I started to figure this out, I had to figure out what materials could be used first and what to make the heddles out of. I am using 100% cotton, a string stating that it is used for beginner weavers and waxed linen for the heddles which I bought from dickblick.com. I also have crochet string that I just read that can be used as well which is a much nicer thread but probably more expensive.

Diane

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