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Lisa Rayner's picture

My first 24-shaft project

A spiral freeform overshot motif

A kimono-style collar

Spiral freeform overshot motif

Me weaving on AVL WDL

My new 24-shaft loom

The underside of my kimono-style Sea Goddess Tunic collar is as pretty as the right side. I love the aqua-purple colorway of the mercerized cotton knitting yarn (Plymouth Pendenza Teal/Purple). I just finished weaving a kimono-style collar for a tunic vest. I will fold the collar lengthwise to sew it around the vest neckline. I plan to weave the vest fabric on my eight shaft floor loom. I chose to experiment with some unusual yarns (I can’t seem to NOT experiment; I get bored easily): a WEBS® chenille warp and a fingering weight cotton knitting yarn with an aqua/lavender colorway for the pattern weft. The combination looks as terrific as I had hoped. The chenille covers up more of the pattern weft than a smoother yarn would, but I love the velvety feel of chenille against my neck. The tabby weft is a Lunatic Fringe Yarns 20/2 mercerized cotton yarn in the same color as the chenille (red-purple for both).

Lisa Rayner's picture

I have published a new weaving pattern eBook

"Leno Lace Iridescent Wave Shawl." Get 20% off the eBook and 10% off the print version through Sunday, December 10.

I wove this shawl on my 25-inch-wide Schacht Flip rigid heddle loom. Weave a soft, lacy, drapey cotton shawl on a rigid heddle loom, shaft loom, or backstrap loom, with ocean waves and an iridescent appearance. Complete directions from start to finish. The shawl combines two finger-manipulated lace weaves: leno lace to produce open-work mesh waves and Spanish lace to weave plain weave in between the wave motifs.

This booklet contains: * Many close-up photographs of the shawl on and off the loom showing design detail. * A description of how I came up with the design and how I chose which techniques to use. * A detailed, easy-to-follow description of how to weave the shawl from start to finish.

Donna's picture

4 heddle 6 treddle counterbalance 48" floor loom

I just bought a used loom of considerable age. It has chains that connect under the heddle in a v pattern, then a string from the chain to the treddles. Having trouble getting it heddles to move up and down. Is their an oil or some substance to help them move smoothly?

Lisa Rayner's picture

I have published a booklet on my Mermaid Scarf and the freeform overshot technique

My Mermaid Scarf freeform overshot is now available as an instant digital download eBook and as a print booklet in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaRaynerHandwovens. While written primarily for rigid heddle weavers, freeform overshot can be done by backstrap weavers, shaft loom weavers, and inkle weavers. The booklet has 20 full sized pages and many color photographs. The cost is $9.99.

The Interweave Press chart for the first yellow spiral is here: https://www.interweave.com/…/chart-only-mermaid-scarf-chart/.

Sanbri48's picture

Downsized and pleased!

We spent the last five months, seriously downsizing and moving from a big home to a small apartment with a guest room, which is now my studio space for weaving, beading, sewing, etc.  I am delighted to be done with hauling around the precious cargo of long gone dear relatives' belongings.  We have kept some things, which fit our new digs, but have passed most things on to any relative who would take something, and then a wonderful estate sale, done by a local Tucson company, Caring Transitions.  Those guys are fabulous at what they do.  It was so painless, and we have not looked back.

I just finished putting my big walking loom back together, and today, my beloved Norwood is finally back ready to be used, and in place, as well.  I can barely wait to thread the walking loom, and start a tapestry!  And, I have a project waiting my attention, already in the planning stages for the Norwood.  That will require my secondary warp beam, which is residing in the closet, but which will be re-assembled shortly, and put into place for a modified Theo Moorman style piece, using a secondary warp for the patterning.

And, my beads!  I have carted around seven, or was it eight, big containers filled with drawers of loose beads, always worried that I was going to tip them over during transport from one home to another, during the years we were on the move.  Those days are over!  Both the traveling days, and the worry of tipping days.  I now have a fancy/schmancy set of covered individual trays of boxes, each one locked so no beads can fall out.  I have many trays, and they all fit into the space that one or two of the other storage units used to take up!  Miracles!  One of these days, I will start posting some of my weaving, and some of my beading too, as some of that has a weaving aspect to it.  

We are now ensconsed in a wonderful CCRC(Continuing Care Retirement Community), and I have a full gym, lap pool and outdoor recreational pool, billiards room, library, art room space for messy work like dying fabric or yarn, three different restaurants, a bar, several dining areas, golf, table tennis, theater, and on and on.  It was a no brainer to come here.  We have known people here for many years, and have had virtually no transition blues.  I know we are extremely fortunate to be here.  I plan to disappear into my weaving studio space and only come up for air and food, occasionally.    Pictures of some little pieces to follow, when I figure out how to post them.

Meriam's picture

Good news for Norwood owners.

I am a beginner and am considering a 24" cherry floor loom made by Norwood. Of course, my initial concern is having no source for replacement parts. In my google searching I found "McGarr Norwood Looms Co. " on facebook. For those of you with Norwood looms, I thought you might be interested. I have sent a pm to the grandson or great grandson of original makers but have not been able to talk with him directly to see just how involved they are in the new/old business. Has anyone had any experience getting/not getting replacement parts? Maybe you have never needed anything? Any advise or experience would be greatly appreciated. I had wanted my first loom to be 8 shaft but this one available is only a 4. Obviously, one of my questions to the new McGarr Norwood Loom Co. is "can a four shaft but upgraded to an 8 shaft"? .Thank u for any comments. 

AnetteM's picture

Type of loom?

I was given this floor loom by a friend - 4 shafts, 6 treadles. 

(1) What type of loom is it? 

(2) Does anyone know when it dates from? It has a logo on the side, which, I think, says Trickitip - made in New Zealand (I needed a magnifying glass for it!), but must have been in South Africa for a long time.  It is apparently very old, and has quite a lot of repair work done to it.  If more photos or info is needed, please say!

I have tied the lamms as 1, 3, 2, 4, leaving the first and last ones free for now.  I hope my tie-up correct, as I went by instinct!



n8garrett's picture

Late 1950's Lily Mills tabltop loom w loads of extras from thrift store!

HiThis is my first post here, so if I don't do something right, just let me know!I'm not a weaver, but I know a good thrift store find... I stopped by my local Goodwill (next to Boston University) and found a box with a tabletop loom. There was a bunch of paperwork, and by going through them I figured out it was from Lily Mills and was from 1957-1960. There is also paperwork and samples from SunrayYarn House and a catalog from J L Hammett from here in Cambridge, MAI made a video of me taking the contents out of the (original shipping) box for the first time. Hope you enjoy.https://youtu.be/wRIcY4gS1_k (copy and paste this into a new browser window)One thing I learned: Earl Scruggs last non-music job was at Lily Mills... I am a banjo player-Nathan

IMTextil's picture

About me II


I also work on two projects, with the idea of helping to preserve culture:

- Diccionario Textil Latinoamericano (Latinamerican Textile DIctionary): http://imtextil.com.ar/diccionario-textil-latinoamericano/

It's a virtual and informal dictionary, that originates as a response to the restlessness of a mexican weaver and her wish to get to know the coincidences and differences between all the traditional latinamerican textiles. The information I compile periodically is presented through Facebook accounts.

- Tramas de América Latina (Wefts from Latin America): http://imtextil.com.ar/tramas-de-america-latina/

A project where I share information about social aspects of the craftsmen in cities and remote places, paying attention to their need to show their work.


In YouTube I share videos, both from the weavers and craftsmen I interview, as well as from my own work.


Thank you.