I have to laugh because Isaac is everything..........I mean EVERYTHING AND THEN SOME of what I was told. This loom is smooth in every way imaginable. I'm amazed at how it works. I've been throwing a pick (or in the case of my current bookmark project..'passing the shuttle') then looking to see how everything is moving and cooperating. I love it.....it fits....it works.....I'm happy!!!
I'm working on the bookmarks for the swap exchange and have to thank everyone who wrote about the dye. I'm going to try using soda ash before adding the dye and salt in the next batch
The blue in the weft is working out great for the bookmarks. The theme for the exchange was sparkle so, I chose four different metallic filament threads. The only issue that I'm having with these threads are my selvages. I first ran with two bobbins........no go......then I tried both the filament and the weft thread on the bobbin together. This is working a little better but, I can only put on a little at a time since, they don't seem to stay 'even' after about an inch or two of weaving. It could be that the filament stretches slightly.
Needless to say, with any new loom, you have to get used to the loom's set up and action. That is why I chose to weave these bookmarks for the first project. I'm having to get used to the new feel and also working with two threads......something I don't see myself doing again anytime soon.....that's okay though....I have 20 bookmarks to weave to get used to it;)
Lastly, here is a picture of the bookmark in progress. Please pardon the selvages, these won't be going to the swap.....they are part of my 'practice' ones:)