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Harrisville Loom for Sale

For Sale: An older model 36 inch Harrisville Loom
4 Harness
Direct Simple Tie-ups
Folding loom
Asking price: $800
Buyer must pick-up or arrange for shipping.

Please contact:
Rita Kauneckas for more information.

Email:
rita914 at earthlink.net

Harrisville 36 loom
Harrisville 36 loom

 

 

Bergere 360 24" Loom/Metier in Box with Manual & Extras - Weaving Loom

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Ashford Inkle Loom

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Rare and VINTAGE 1953 NADEAU 4 harness HAND SKILL table top WEAVING LOOM !!

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AMAZING ANTIQUE BOX TAPE LOOM, GREAT FORM AND FUNCTIONAL

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How Much Does Wool Shrink

A common question that felters have is how much does wool shrink when felting. It can depend on a lot of factors such as the type and fineness of the wool, what direction you have laid the fibres, what direction you roll the wool while felting, what temperature of water you used, etc. The best way to find out is to do a sample before you begin your project.
In this example, I have used both 21 micron and 18 micron merino wool tops. I started by laying out 2 sets of 12 inch x 12 inch squares. I wanted to see if the direction of the wool layout made a difference in the amount of shrinkage.
For each sample I laid out 3 layers of merino wool.
Felt Sample 1 – Landscape
For the sample on the Left (Blue) I first laid out a thin layer of wool, laying the fibre from left to right (Landscape)
The second layer was in the opposite direction: Top to Bottom (Portrait)
The third layer was again in Landscape (Left to Right)
So in this sample there were more layers of wool in Landscape direction, wool laying across the fabric.
Felt Sample 2 – Portrait
In the second sample on the Right (Red) I laid the fibres in the opposite direction, having 2 layers laying up and down (Portrait) and 1 in Landscape.
First layer: Up and Down (Portrait)
Second layer: Left to Right (Landscape)
Third layer: Up and Down (Portrait)

felt sample

I rolled and felted both samples at the same time so each had the same amount of felting. I rolled the samples in bubble wrap about 10 times, then opened the package, turned each sample 1/4 turn to the right and rolled again another 10 times. I repeated the rolling and turning of the samples until they felted.

The Result
Both samples felted and shrunk the same amounts, but in different directions. The wool shrunk more in the direction of the fibre.
i.e. wool that was laid side to side, shrunk more in that direction.
wool that was laid up and down, shrunk more in that direction.
I think this could be because when wool has been processed into roving, it has been stretched into a smoother and longer length. When the wool felts it regains some of its natural crimp and it shortens back to its original state.

felt sample

Fibre Direction Starting Size Felted Size % Shrinkage
Landscape Width 12″ 7″ ~ 40%
Landscape Length 12″ 9.5″ ~ 20%
Portrait Width 12″ 9.5 ~ 20%
Portrait Length 12″ 7″ ~ 40%

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Felt Art: Painting with Wool

Over the past several months I have turned my attention from my loom and spinning wheel to the world of feltmaking. Needle felting, wet felting, making decorations, felting hats, bags and other smaller items. In April I had the opportunity to book a place in our local art gallery for a 2 week spot in August. I was very fortunate as usually there is a waiting list that is a year+ long.

Since I was now committed to this big project I went to work. My kitchen table was taken over with wool, soap, bubble wrap, bamboo mats. If I had known how long this project would take, I probably wouldn’t have taken it on. Felting is a very physical activity and hard work. Adding up my time, I think I have put in +400 hours so far. But I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and am starting to think what will I do next?

Painting with Wool

felting poppies

felt poppies

Here is a preview of the felting show.
Oxmarket Gallery – Painting with Wool

Some of my felt art works are now available at Saatchi Art.

 

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Wet Felting with a Washboard

The old fashioned wash board is quickly becoming my most used felting tool. I use it for the final fulling process when wet felting. What it does is it straightens out the top layer of wool and smooths it out creating a harder surface of felted wool.
When wool hasn’t been felted enough it starts to pill as the fibers continue to move around in the felted wool, break and rise to the surface. Fulling your felt sufficiently prevents this from occuring.
I had a bag that I felted recently. I was a bit impatient and didn’t felt it completely. Soon my lovely bag started to get little wool balls rising to the surface.

I decided to give it the washboard treatment to see if I could stop the pilling. I pulled off the little wool balls from the surface of the bag. Then I filled the kitchen sink with warm soapy water and gave the bag a quick and gentle wash. I refilled the sink with more soapy water and put the bag back into the water. I squeezed out most of the water and took the bag to the wash board.

washboard felting


When you are felting with the washboard do not rub the wool back and forth against the washboard as this can break the fibers. What you should do instead is gently roll it up the length of the washboard using the pressure of your fingers to press down as you roll.
I started by working from the top of the bag. Because the bag is a round shape I worked my way around the bag in circles from the top of the bag to the bottom. Using both hands, I placed the tips of my fingers on edge of the rolled wool.
Using both hands (Picture shows only one hand as I was clicking the photos with my right hand) gently press down on the rolled edge and push up the bag with your fingers until the bag rolls up to your palm.

Keep rolling until you have reached the top of the wash board. Lift the bag and move it back to the bottom of the washboard and continue working your way around the bag.

Move your finger tips back to the edge of the roll and push up again.

After a few rolls your fingers will become more sensitive to what is happening to the wool. You will feel it compressing as the air bubbles are being pressed out of the wool. The wool will shrink in the direction that you are rolling.

This picture shows the partially fulled bag. You will notice that the top part of the bag where I have rolled has shrunk considerably.

It took a few times of working my way around the bag to get it fulled to a smooth and even consistency.
I am using a glass washboard. I think a metal one would work equally well . I cut the legs off the bottom of the wash board so that I could sit it flat on the table and be able to pull it close to me as I sit as I found that the legs were getting in the way as I was working.

Sami Felt Art

Sami Felt Art

Etsy: Sami Felt Art – The Sun

 

Bucilla Felt Applique Holiday ORNAMENT KIT,CHRISTMAS MORNING,Raggedy Ann,Present

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Gilmore Jack Loom for Sale

Gilmore Jack Loom for Sale
THIS LOOM HAS NOW SOLD

1940” Gilmore Jack Loom, 45” weaving width, 10 shafts, 13 treadles, 2 back sectional beams, castle
Asking $500, reasonable offers will be considered.
Buyer must pick up in Nacogdgoches, TX or pay for shipping

Contact Patricia Day
512 858 4319
pday1383@yahoo.ca


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Rare and VINTAGE 1953 NADEAU 4 harness HAND SKILL table top WEAVING LOOM !!

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AMAZING ANTIQUE BOX TAPE LOOM, GREAT FORM AND FUNCTIONAL

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Fireside 8 Shaft Loom for Sale

Fireside 8 Shaft Jack Loom for Sale

54” 8-Shaft Jack Loom for $5,000 (compared to new $8,050)
Cherry wood, 10 treadles, 1,200 inserted eye heddles, cloth tensioning system includes worm drive and friction brake, apron on cloth beam, 2/3 yard 2” sectional warping beam, double back beam, trelevators, and 48” Commuter Bench. 1 reed, 2 leash sticks, 2 tie-on sticks included.

The buyer of this loom has the continuing support of Fireside Looms for questions, current documentation, and reasonable prices for replacement parts and accessories.

Contact Patricia Day
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pday1383@yaho.ca

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AMAZING ANTIQUE BOX TAPE LOOM, GREAT FORM AND FUNCTIONAL

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Walnut J Made Loom for Sale

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1 extra reed, weaving caddy, 2 leash sticks, 2 tie-on sticks
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AMAZING ANTIQUE BOX TAPE LOOM, GREAT FORM AND FUNCTIONAL

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Simplicity Hand Held Felting Machine

I have been doing quite a bit of felting lately. I have been making some larger art pieces using a wet felting method and then adding detail and embellishing with needle felting. I find it to be quite strenuous on my hands and thought that I should investigate electric needle felting and embellishing machines. My budget doesn’t quite allow me to spend a huge amount of money right now, and also lack of storage and table space for yet another sewing machine led me to look at smaller hand held alternatives. I did some research but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of options available. I did find a Simplicity hand held needle felting machine that I hoped might work. I looked on YouTube and read reviews but again, didn’t find a lot of helpful information about this product.

But then I thought it might be worth a try. It seems like a simple enough tool – it holds 6 felting needles that go up and down. Needle felting is as easy as that, so this might work. It is portable and you can use it by needle felting onto a foam backing the same way as in single needle felting which is what I was looking for.

I ordered it and it arrived promptly as Amazon products always do. The box contains the hot pink needle felting machine, a pair of tweezers and a small Alan key for undoing screws when you need to replace needles. It doesn’t come with replacement needles so I recommend that you order some extras at the same time.

I first tested the needle felting tool on a piece of wet felted fabric that I had made some time ago and now use for testing new bits of felting techniques. The machine is quite simple to operate. Place the needle head on the area you want to needle felt and press down. This activates the motor and the felting needles move up and down on the fabric, similarly to when you are needle felting by hand. There is a clear plastic guard around the needle so that you can avoid getting your fingers acupunctured.

Simplicity Needle Felter

The On/Off switch is conveniently located on the top of the handle so you can easily turn the motor on and off as you pick up the tool to felt. I recommend that you switch this to the OFF position every time you put the machine down, to avoid accidentally turning it on if you press on it in error.

I am planning on using this electric needle felter on my larger felt art pieces so wanted to give it a good test run to see how it works before I use it on my other work.

I decided to see if it could be used to make a flat piece of felt from wool roving.

Simplicity needle felting machine
I laid out a thin layer of wool roving onto the felting foam vertically from top to bottom.
Then I laid a second layer horizontally above the first layer.
The third layer was again placed vertically.

dry needle felting

I began to needle felt across the piece, gently pressing down and lifting the needle felter up to move to the next section.

needle felting wool

I turned the piece over and felted the other side.

Then turned it over again and refelted with the needle felter.

I repeated this a few times until I got an even finish across the piece.
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Then I added some additional bits of green merino wool to create the grasses in the picture.

needle felting art

To make the flowers, I used hand spun wool yarn and shaped these into a flower shape and lightly needle felted over these before placing them onto the picture. I continued to use the felter to fix these in place.

Simplicity Hand Held Needle Felter

Though Simplicity really should have come up with a better colour than hot pink, I think this is a good product and I would recommend it if you are wanting to do some small needle felting work. Because it is a hand held piece of equipment I would think it doesn’t have a very powerful motor so would not be able to handle larger pieces of work. It seems to get a bit warm during use, so could possibly overheat if used for too long at a time. I recommend using it for about 15-20 minutes at a time and then turning it off to cool down. By then your hands should have a rest as well.

needle felt art

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