I’ve been wondering what easy item, other than 5″ looper potholders, the Crochet Corner ladies might like to weave. Seeing these pretty little sachets, made with sock yarn on a pinloom, I thought I’d try using yarn and a potholder looms! Because of the distance between the pegs, aprox. 3/8″, I experimented with a double strand of worsted weight.
While I think these soft drapey little squares could be made into a lovely blanket, like this, I also think that working with two strands of yarn would be frustrating for the ladies.* Briefly I considered bulky yarn, but I have a very limited choice of colors and, besides, bulky would create a much thicker fabric than that made with two strands worsted lying side by side.
Then I got another idea. . .
wandering around on-line, I came across this 3 min. video, Rugmaking101 Part 2, – as far as I know there is no Part 1 – which shows how to weave a small door mat out of tarn, t-shirt yarn, like I used when I knit both our bathmat and kitchen rug! At times the little girls’ hands move so quickly I can’t really see what they’re doing. Watching the video at half speed helps.
Reading through the comments people have left, I found out that the girls’ looms are 16″ x 24″ and have 30 nails on the short sides, 51 on the long. I noticed that there aren’t any nails in the corners and so figured out that they must be spaced about 1/2″ apart. That was enough info for DH & I to go. We’re going to turn a 16 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ wooden picture frame from Sal’s into a mat loom!
First DH reinforced the corners of the frame with angled pieces of thin wood.
Then it was my turn. I marked where the nails will go,
tapped on an awl to start the nail holes that DH would drill to a depth of 3/8″.
Here I am lightly hammering in the nails, 1 1/2″ long brads. Notice that tiny 1″ tall block of wood with the hole drilled in the center, sitting on the rug? – Kindly ignore the fine sawdust that’s all over my dining room rug. Thank you. lol –
I slip the block over a set nail and then hammer the nail in until it’s even with the top of the block. Ta-dah!. . . all the nails magically come out one inch high. That clever DH!
Notice – I didn’t put nails in the corners.
My hands sure got dirty from the oily finish on the nails, but that’s a small price to pay for my very own frame loom!
When I took the finished loom to Crochet Corner for Show and Tell I was suddenly struck by the idea to paint every other nail with some of the Rec. Dept.’s plentiful supply of nail polish. – get it nail polish! groan. –
I figure this will make loading the loom a little easier for the ladies.
At some point during the trips to and from Crochet Corner I managed to bend a nail. – sigh – Not wanting that to happen again, I asked DH if he had a cardboard box out in the garage large enough to hold the loom. He proceeded to cut down a box, so it fits beautifully.
We added a one-inch wide grosgrain ribbon strap, making it easy to sling over my shoulder while at the same time I lug my Rubbermaid tub of Crochet Corner accoutrement.
I imagine that the mats I get from this loom will work well as placemats/table mats, as hot pads for a cake pan or large casserole, or as sleeping mats for a small dog or cat. I’m going to find out using tarn I made from a few of DH’s boring old yard work t-shirts. Black, two greens and light grey, such an exciting color combination! lol
Thanks to Sal’s new lower prices, the ladies are going to have a much prettier palette of tarn to work with. These tees, all with advertisements of some kind, were 4/$1.00!!
DH immediately called dibs on the dark blue, one of the few size large shirts I bought. I usually go for XLs, if not XXs, because the bigger the shirt, the more tarn for my quarter but that particular one happened to have only a very small logo printed on it, so there would have been almost no waste! Well, at least DH was nice enough to give me a substitute tee. . . yeah, a steel grey one. yawn.
P.S. More mat weaving videos that I found later: Door mats from the Philippines – A “zigzag” is obvious on the mat’s right edge. – and Doormat or Rag Weaving. Clearly they think these mats are a great money-maker requiring very little cash upfront, but I’m more curious to hear what they have to say about weaving instructions. Can any of you translate?
*It has since occurred to me that a frame loom with pegs spaced just 3/16″ apart (half of 3/8″) would probably work with a single strand of worsted. Maybe I’ll build one someday and find out.