It started with workshops Archie and Susan were giving (I couldn't go at the time), descriptions I read, Susan's elegant examples, and finally, Sara Swett's wonderful Field Guide to Needlework blog. That was the final straw. I needed to see what the deal was with this 4 selvedge mania.
|Traudi and Jeanne, yes I know they are on their devices...|
After whining about "never getting around to it" on a Facebook posting, leave it to my friend Traudi to get me going; our friend Jeanne Bates was heading to MN, why not drive over and we could do this together?
I had the loom (carefully following Sara's photo of the nifty little galvanized pipe loom she made) and plenty of materials, including the instructions I printed out on ATA's website.
|look toward the loops at the right...see the uneven ones?, that will be trouble...|
So here is where I am now with this process.
|decided I'd do one of my simple 2 color word strips, designed it on some scrap|
|3 inches wide, 6epi|
|my favorite triangle of 'minus 2's', the first letter of Who?|
I'm so grateful to Traudi and Jeanne for getting me over there (non stop laughs with those two), but that was a very labor intensive warping session, probably 4 hours plus. Obviously I was solving problems, redoing, and developing understanding; another day I would be more efficient. But I would really question the reason I'm using this method.
I'm glad I chose to weave another of my word series, it may be a good fit. And I'm certainly glad to have a better understanding of what 4 selvedge weave really means.