Ahhh Woven Rainbows, thank you for being such an inspiration to a colour person like me.
Here is my attempt ...
I love these COLOURS!
The yarn is called rayon and comes from my best yarn shop at Asemka called 'Sunflower'. Asemka is in Glodok, downtown Jakarta. Really heavy traffic - I go early on a Saturday morning. It's so cheap at only $1 a ball. Here are my colours with the design all ready to go on my iPad.
After much research and thought, I decided to take the plunge and buy a shaft loom. I actually purchased it in Australia and flew over to collect it. Here it is just after I opened the box back in Jakarta.
After watching a video on You Tube, I began to put the loom together. This loom is from Holland and is known as a Louet loom. The type of loom is a table loom and this model is actually called Jane! I wanted it because the Jane loom was designed by a weaver.
Now here it is finally fully assembled.
This is my first weaving. An 8 shaft project designed on my iPad using the iWeaveit app.
I had been exploring a technique known as Sami band weaving. It comes from Sweden and uses a rigid heddle combined with a backstrap loom.
This photo shows what a traditional Sami band looks like. The photo below shows the equipment that I ordered from Sweden. It's a fabulous little rigid heddle that is designed in such a way that the pattern bands are separate from the others making it very easy to pick the pattern.
So I had a go and it worked thanks to a You Tube video and some online posts in a weaving forum. Now I had a way to make pattern bands to include in a larger project.
I have been weaving regularly since last November 2014. I want to recognize officially that this is something that I am going to continue with for some time.
It all began with a trip to Japan ...
I happened upon a shop in Kichijoji, Tokyo called Avril. That shop was the most amazing yarn shop that I had ever seen. I spied a small loom which I bought. I soon learned that this loom is called a rigid heddle loom.
That was the beginning of my new journey ... in weaving.