This week, the inaugural post is by our Shipping Assistant Donna. She studied fiber arts at Colorado State University. Though inkle weaving is a new technique for her, she has been weaving since 1996, and knitting since last year.
Inkle loom, slider belt buckle
3/2 cotton – black, Gold Rush Glitter Yarn – silver
5 ft, 1 1/4″ wide
3/2 cotton – black H – HeddleO – OpenB – Black 3/2 cottonS – Silver
X 3X 2X 3X 2X 2X 2X 3X 2X 2 HB S B S B S B S B B*O B S B S B S B S B
*NOTE: If you want to have both selvedge threads in a heddle, you will have an odd number of warp threads. In this case there are 6 black ends on one side and 5 black ends on the other side.
Heddles required = 22Total black ends (B) = 27Total silver ends (S) = 16
This project introduced me to weaving on an inkle loom. I decided to make a simple, striped belt taking advantage of the inkle loom’s ability to create narrow bands of fabric. At first, I envisioned that the belt was going to be striped orange and purple with a purple slider belt buckle. Colorful, but I tell you what, I was not able to find such a thing as a purple slider belt buckle. I searched local shops and the internet.
My next plan was to visit the thrift store and there I found an awesome buckle with a lightning bolt on it. I changed my color scheme to black and silver to better match the buckle.
Because the belt needed to fit the buckle, the finished project had to be 1 1/4″ wide. At first, I warped the loom using my calculations for a warp faced fabric, but that resulted in too narrow of a band. Then I referred to the inkle loom instructions which suggested 50 warp threads in the recommended yarn, which would result in a 1″ band. I adjusted my calculations; this time the belt was too wide. With more measuring and calculating, the third time I warped the loom, I got the results I wanted.
Weaving the belt was fast and simple. There was a bit of a learning process in achieving better looking selvedges. I began to get the hang of it and if you look along the length of the band you can see that my technique improved the longer I wove. And with a little more practice I’ll be able to achieve a smoother edge.