I thought it would be appropriate to do a blog post about Kelly's efforts on our loom. We bought the loom in a very round-about way from a blog friend in Colorado. She hasn't blogged lately, but she is the voice behind Yellow Jacket Ridge Angora Ranch. She had a Rasmussen table loom with a stand that she'd been storing for a while and hadn't used. I bought it from her, and she took it from Steamboat Springs up to Denver. A friend of mine in Denver, who works for my employer, and who travels back and forth to Des Moines, brought it to me in his mini-van.
Soooo, it sat, and it sat, and it sat. In the basement. Gathering a little dust. Not because I didn't want to be using it, but with full time work, part time school, and the farm, I simply didn't have time to learn how to use it. Kelly likes to watch TV in the basement (I don't watch much TV) so he would sit down there learning how to use the loom while watching TV.
One day, I heard the loom making noises, and ventured downstairs to find he was well underway. He still has a lot to learn (so he says) but the book that we bought at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival really helped him figure out the workings of our loom. He has already made this lovely table runner!! I am so excited by the possibilities of our loom. I'm hoping that Kelly can use my handspun yarn to make new and different mats and other items, and eventually perhaps he will make me an evening shawl.
These colours aren't necessarily our favourites. The loom was already threaded with the warp threads, so Kelly decided that he might as well use them for learning purposes. He wants to learn how to re-thread the loom with colours that are more to our choice.
A couple of odd spots happened on the back of his first project. Can anyone with some experience in weaving say what happened here?
It's as if some threads were missed, but the top side looks completely normal. We can't figure it out. Any suggestions would be welcome!!