Category Archives: Weave

Raddle Me This

While visiting my parents this summer, my Dad presented me with a beautiful raddle he made.  A “what?” you say?  A raddle is used to keep the threads separated and in a nice, even order while warping your loom from back to front.  So, if your pattern (weavers call it a draft) says you need 10 ends per inch (epi), then you’ll have 10 yarns in between each pin.

The pins are spaced an inch apart.  You can have them in 1/2-inch spacing, but I went with an inch to start with.  I bought the pins from Webs.

When warping your loom, the raddle is clamped to the back beam and the correct number of yarns are placed in between the pins.  The top piece is lowered over them (there’s a routered groove in the center underside of the top piece).  These top and bottom sections are held together by tightening the wing nuts.

I measured my Dundas table loom and made a sketch of the raddle for my Dad to use as a guide.  He’s a master at woodworking!  He even placed an inlay of ebony to mark the middle.

Raddle

Raddle Closeup

 

 

 

 

 

I searched online for a clamp like the ones I’d seen at weaving class.  But to no avail.  My Dad came up with a way to make a clamp, so that’s what we’ll do… just a few more measurements.

Having fun crafting things this summer?  I’d love to hear about your creations!

Looming Over Me

For at least 10 years (I’m ashamed to say), I have had my Dundas table loom in hibernation.  It was stored in the basement – under the stairs – but is now seeing some daylight and helping me create some exciting fabric.  At least, it’s exciting to me.  I wove on this loom once when my husband gave it to me.  I made a placemat for my Mom.  Yes, just one placemat.  I didn’t know what I was doing and the process seemed so confusing to me.

Many thanks to Marilyn Harrington who teaches weaving classes at the Art League in Old Towne Alexandria and the Lorton Workhouse.  I am taking her Introduction to 4-Shaft Weaving and having a great time.  She’s very patient.  And another thing I love about her is that she’ll show me how to do something and then let me do it.  I learn better by doing, as I think most people do.  But there are some teachers who will insist on taking over your project.  Not Marilyn!  She’s great!

I’m so excited!  I am weaving now!  Here’s my loom, correctly warped with a bit of weaving already started.  I’m working on twills – that’s the weave of jeans.  It has a diagonal pattern.

weaving 3  Dundas 4-Shaft Table Loom