Introducing the wavy shuttle!

I don’t think I mentioned that, a little after I bought baby loom, I also bought a new ‘accessory’? No, I think it slipped my mind!

This, is a wavy shuttle. Can you see the squee (aka fun) inducing potential?three sizes of wooden stick shuttles that have wave shaped edgesNow I did pretty much instantly throw a warp on the loom and start playing! Sadly I’ve yet to photograph the result so you’ll all just have to wait for my next post. But it was a fascinating tool to use.

It can be used in a few ways and I’ve not explored them all yet, of course because I’ve been off writing, but what was interesting about my first attempt was the texture it gave the cloth. You see you get open areas and condensed areas, which leads to an interesting web!

Like I say, pics will follow. Who knows I might have even finished a second test piece by then!

Cheats/hacks… uses of a metal knitting needle

There are quite a lot of uses for a thin metal knitting needle when rigid heddle weaving, I think. From clearing a sticky shed to counting picks and even (I know I shouldn’t) poking my fell line, I’m always glad to have one on-hand.

Of course for those uses it doesn’t have to be metal, but I like a metal needle because it has a certain weight to it. Also, I tend to use it to provide lift-assistance to my string heddles and a metal needle never feels like it’ll snap under tension!

As with most such tools though, I probably find more uses for it simply because it is right there to be used!