What I like in weaving is that the idea is very simple but ways to achieve it are countless. Even for something as simple as band weaving.
A great subject for handyman.
First you can weave with almost nothing as in backstage weaving. Incredible how much intelligence could fit in a few sticks. At no cost.
Rigid heddle is a bit less rustic.
With two heddles and a pulley you get an African loom, really fast.
Inkle loom need some more materials.
Even if it is just a piece of wood with a few pegs, it is far more complex than backstrap. Some technical difficulties appear such as the tension that bends wood (needed to add additional pieces of wood). And different shapes could be tested.
And so many ways I didn’t explored yet (or explored but with not enough success to take a picture).
You can of course buy a loom. A good looking tool, well designed, nice to use, easy to start with.
But not the pleasure to face the challenge to create your own tools.
I wanted to try rigid heddle. I ordered it on https://shop.stoorstalka.com/en/products/weaving/, and received it quickly with a nice handwritten note.
I then designed a pattern for key ring raktres.net/l/bR (you can also try with the new version of the editor)
Then wove it using the picture from the editor
The pattern quite accurate.
The main difference comes from the size of the yarns that is not rendered.
Annie sent me a copy of her book https://www.etsy.com/shop/ASpinnerWeaver. I’m very happy that the pattern editor could have helped her to write such a great book.
I then decided to update and simplify the seizenn editor. You can found a test version on http://www.raktres.net/seizenn/v2/editor.html, I need some feedbacks before I could replace the present version.
Some improvements :
- new look
- drag and drop for colors
- a “value” button, to view a pattern in black and white (page 8 of Annie’s book)
- a button to load a pattern from a short code
- and few other things
Fell free to send comments if you find bugs or if something doesn’t work the way you would like to.
Hope you will like it.
University of Arizona hosts a great On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics.
More than 400 books, 4000 articles… it’s a wonderful collection. Ressources are mainly in english but also in french, german etc.
Hours of discovery and reading.
Some documents, patterns for example, are hosted by https://www.handweaving.net.
I didn’t used a bag for a long time and lost the strap. So I decided to weave a new one.
Here three examples of latvian patterns found on various pages and reproduced with seizenn pattern editor.
I had several questions about the control code needed to register a pattern.
So, here an example with a pattern from http://aspinnerweaver.blogspot.com/
When you save your pattern, you get a pop-up window like this one
The two needed codes are “H1” and “a856”
Then, go to the register page and type in the two codes like that :
Click “load”, you should get the second step with a preview of the pattern:
You add here a comment and choose if you want the pattern to be public or private (one day you will be able to change those value afterward).
Be sure your pattern is visible before going further.
When OK, click “register”:
If you abort the process before this third step you will have a line in the gallery, but no preview. If everything OK, you find your pattern in the gallery.
If you already created a pattern but not have the control code, send me a message.
And leave a comment if you need more help or if something goes wrong.
The pattern editor is design as an offline tool. You can save it on your computer and design your bands even if you are not connected to the internet. But then, it’s a bit difficult to share your pattern.
There is a new tool for those who have an account on the blog. If you save you pattern using the button on the left menu, you get a short link and a control code. You can then register your pattern on this page http://www.raktres.net/blog/seizenn-register-a-pattern/ (you can get it on the top menu “Inkle loom pattern editor”/”Register a pattern”).
During the registration procedure, you choose if you want to keep you pattern private or share it.
You then have acces to the public gallery and to your private gallery.
If you created a pattern few times ago, the tool didn’t gave you the control code. If you want to register such pattern, please leave me a comment with the short codes.
Registered users of this blog have now acces to a tool to compare two patterns side by side.