Actually, the title of this post should have been “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
Don has such a way with figuring things out. I wanted a frame type loom just to play with until we get a larger one. I forced him to go with me to Hobby Lobby one day and we had chosen some pieces to make a canvas stretcher frame. He was going to tap nails into 2 edges to make a simple frame loom for me. Lots of work, but he was going to do it.
We were walking around the store and he spied something that I had seen but overlooked as a possibility.
OK…so the box is empty but it had one in it. If you’ve never seen one, it has 2 long sides that are connected with a long bolt and wing-nut. The long pieces already have pins in place for knitting. They’re close enough for me to weave-play and a wonderful time saver for Don…plus they’re nicely spaced and secure.
The pieces were way too long to easily weave with so he cut them at a point that would make 2 different size looms.
Then, he pre-drilled little holes in a piece of 1″ x 6″ wood where he wanted to attach the nail board
Next, he applied wood glue to the end of the back-board and attached the nail boards with screws. He did this to both ends.
And this is what we have!
The small loom has a warp of cotton crochet thread. Don cut a flat shuttle from some really stiff cardboard. I don’t remember the name or content of the green yarn. It’s some I had left over from a scarf I made for a secret pal.
This is just a close-up to show how I use a plastic bevel edge ruler to open the “shed” and also as a beater to compact the weave. Aren’t you impressed with how much I’ve learned? 😉
I wrote this post to show you how creative you can get and what you can do with unexpected things. I’m sure I’ll advance to more sophisticated tools but for now, they work and I’m satisfied!