No, I’m really not planning to take up basket weaving but I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to buy Canework by Charles Compton, de-accessioned from the Handweaving and Spinning Guild of Victoria’s library and on sale at their textile bazaar, held this morning.
The photo shows my purchases from that sale – an inkle loom and shuttle, one roll of cotton yarn and two of linen (both from Sweden) and some ratchet wheels for that day we decide to build our own loom.
I got to chat with some guild members I hadn’t met before and even swapped knot techniques with one of the senior members, who was pointed out to me as the inkle loom expert. This delightful lady was of retirement age and willing to share and enthusiastic about learning. Once she explained to me that the inkle loom warp is a continuous circle and that I need to thread alternate warp ends through the heddles, it all fell into place. I did take the opportunity to borrow a book called Inkle Loom Weaving by Frances B. Smith from the guild library as a reference though. The guild charges members 50 cents per book borrowed which is something I’ve never come across before. Perhaps the charge is to fund the library’s accession program. I’d love to know.
The knot technique I taught the lady was an English knot or fisherman’s knot, one I’ve had to do a few times lately after messing up my most recent warp so badly that all I could do was cut it, sort it out and retie it over the warp rod. That will be a blog post for another day, but the lesson learned is that two crosses are NOT better than one.
Meanwhile I’m stash busting with a log cabin quilt. I’m calling it a warm hearted log cabin because it has larger central squares than my previous log cabin. This setting is called barn raising.
I decided on a log cabin because I wanted something to do where the piecing would just flow without too much thinking or fiddling about. Work is busy at the moment and I just wanted to be able to cut and sew without running back and forth to the ironing board or fiddling with triangles.
I went to Generations Quilt Patterns to look at what they had to say about layouts. They had advice on how to make sure no two log cabin blocks abut each other with the same fabric. I din’t want to be that particular. It seems to go against the spirit of a scrap quilt. I just tried to make sure I mixed things up a bit as I went.