Embroidered pouch

Last week, I found some pre-cut wool and linen in my workbasket, packed with a bobbin of embroidery floss. I’m pretty sure it’s from a kit someone gave me – alas, I do not remember who. So I whipped up a new pouch for Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, to relieve some of the strain on the nålbound pouch I made him a while back. This one is phone sized, with space for business cards, flyers, and pens.

New pouch on belt (beside Østgarðr favor and old pouch, newly strung).

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Netted drinks holder

My sister wanted a water bottle holder to attach to her hammock chair.  Netting to the rescue!  I had a lucet cord in progress, from a ball of yellow hemp, courtesy of Ursula’s Alcove.  I pulled thread from the inside of the ball to load my netting shuttle, then cut off the start of the lucet cord in progress to use as drawstring and handles.  I knew the hemp would wash up to be softer and still sturdy, and she likes the color yellow.  Win!

Base of netting and the first row.

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Seastars lucet cord

For local service to our SCA group, the Crown Province of Østgarðr, the viceregents hand out seastar charms.  This past Sunday, our canton of Brokenbridge (Brooklyn, NY) had a class on ‘what to do with your seastar collection!?”  I demonstrated how to attach charms to cords, 3 ways: using a secondary thread (lucet cord with a gimp), pre-threading onto the working thread (kumihimo), and incorporating them as you go (fingerloop braiding).

Here’s how the lucet cord turned out:

25 seastar charms on a white linen lucet cord with a green silk gimp.

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3-layer warping, a tutorial

If you are a pin-loom weaver, then you are already familiar with the 3-layer warping technique.  Did you know you could apply it to potholder loom weaving!?  If you are producing a tabby (over-under) fabric with no twills, then you can weave a potholder much more quickly, with more even tension, and less wear-and-tear on your loops and hands.  Here’s how:

Step 1: place loops on every other peg of your horizontal.

Step 2: place loops on every other peg of your vertical.

Step 3: place loops on the empty pegs of your horizontal.

Step 4: weave loops on the empty pegs of your vertical.

Voila!  A finished potholder with half the weaving.

Would you prefer videos, to walk you through the entire process?  You’re in luck!

How to weave a coaster on a potholder loom

Using an 18-peg traditional Harrisville loom, you can easily weave a coaster-sized 9-peg fabric.  The trick is to use every *other* peg, which makes a smaller result, and evenly distributes the tension throughout.  I learned this trick on a potholder Facebook group (sadly, I have forgotten who taught me, or which group it was).

Zig Zags

Basic zigzags are an easy way to start working in twill.  The evenly-distributed floats make a thick, puffy fabric that is very protective.  The pattern is reversible, slightly offset on the back, as you can see by the multi-tone potholder below.

The 27-peg pattern shown here can be easily cut down into an 18- or 9- peg pattern, by using the first 18 (or 9) rows and columns.  (For the 9-peg pattern, place your loops every other peg of the 18-peg loom.)

Corners

This is a 27-peg design for corners.  You can easily convert into an 18-peg pattern by selecting the first 18 rows & columns.  For a 9-peg pattern, use the first 9 rows & columns, distributing them on every other peg.