A Bit of Excitement

There was a little flurry of excitement chez moi on Saturday morning…in fact, it was so exciting that I let my toast go cold and forgot about my brew!

A few days prior to this momentous event, I had ordered myself some new weaving bits and bobs, and was waiting for them to be delivered some time in the near future. Well, some of it arrived on Saturday morning.

I was like a kid in a sweetshop!

Anyway, the first item out of a very long box was a 5 dpi reed for my loom…this was fairly exciting as I have been meaning to get one for quite some time. I like a bit of texture in my weaving, and a heddle of this width would allow me to weave with thicker yarns, whilst leaving larger gaps between thinner yarns……but, the main event was (insert drum-roll here) A MULTI DENT HEDDLE!! It was a little bit on the expensive side, as I could have got three heddles for the price of this one….but, seeing as I was one of the people sending emails to the makers pleading for them to make one, it was only fair that I fork out for one once they had produced it.

I am aware that the casual, non-weaving reader will wonder what the hell I am on about, but this piece of weaving loveliness will transform my life (kind of)! Basically it is a reed for my loom that comes with lots of little bits of heddle, that I can chop and change to my hearts desire. So, if I fancy weaving something quite fine and then decide it needs to have a really thick bit of yarn running though it I can insert a piece into the heddle that will allow me to do just that…… and, yeah, I know it makes me sound really geeky, but I am already in love with it!

This morning I used it for the very first time….behold the magnificence in all its unwarped glory:

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Can you see what I mean about it having different sized bits? I went a bit nuts and decided to have some thick sections, some thin sections and some pretty flippin’ huge sections!

I have an idea in my head of something I want to weave (and knit….more of that in a later post), so I fumbled around in the box of green yarn…and then had an extra fumble in the box of brown yarn (yes, my yarn stash is colour coded into various boxes….), and then I had a bit of fun warping the loom.

Here it is..all ready for action:

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Ooooh, there is going to be some nice texture in the weave!

Now all I have to do is weave it….but I am going to save that treat for tomorrow. I don’t want to spontaneously combust with excitement!

If you want to have a look at the new heddle, check them out here: Heddle, they are available quite widely, so I imagine that your favourite supplier will have them in stock 🙂

2 thoughts on “A Bit of Excitement

  1. What a great reed! I have seen metal ones that produce a similar result, and that are marketed for changing the thread spacing while weaving, but this one looks more economical.

    I look forward to seeing your finished fabric.

    I hope that you will provide a link for this reed. Thanks for sharing your experience with it.

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