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Front and back beam loom yarn upcycling

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Go to a : Small hand-woven cotton placemat


Since I started weaving, I have stored the ends of the remaining threads on the front and back beams of the loom in bags and other containers, so that after a while I have a fair amount. . . I do not know what to do. For example, in the box presented there is cotton, wool, hand-spun, linen, a bit of everything, my project is to recycle all that. I also use them to tie the skeins but I produce more than I consume




I have alpaca fleece on the side that I'm not using, I ran the fleece through a card and added bits of yarn at random



I also have some polyester (nylon ) in stock which I don't use, I added some yellow, red and white without trying to figure out how the end result will be, it's always a surprise to see a yarn like this finished .


Beginning of the spinning, it will be an irregular and changing yarn, rather plump!



The twist was done with a single alpaca yarn, and I realized when I spun the spool of the twist that my alpaca was enough on its own and the fiber would be advantageous if I made an alpaca yarn. 100% twisted on - itself




The first thread, there aren't many, since I changed my mind during the spinning process, started a spool without finishing it with 100% alpaca and used it for the twist, this gave me 90 grams of a unique and fancy yarn and 186 m


As there was some fancy thread remaining on the spool, it was twisted with silver lurex this time I have 48 grams and 120 m.

This is how, I change the project in progress and my pieces of wire are still there and not recycled, if you have an idea to use them I am interested


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When I weave, I have remnants of threads attached to the beams of the loom, here for the example of cotton-linen, they are 20/30 cm ends, it is not much but when there is some 400/600 that makes footage, between 80 m and 180 m of lost thread each time




To avoid losing these threads, I split them (which is a titanic job) and integrate them into tablecloths with other fibers, this allows the spinning to have a fancy and unique thread



My white cotton-linen thread integrated into a mauve merino, alpaca and polyester batts



The fancy loop yarn
The fancy loop yarn

The fancy loop yarn
The fancy loop yarn

Total weight of the carded batts 120 grams, the batts are made of purple merino yarn, brown alpaca and white linen yarns



















detail of the yarn in single
detail of the yarn in single















The yarn twisted with a polyester yarn
The yarn twisted with a polyester yarn

The twisted yarn must total approximately 120 grams and 600 meters, twisted on a brown polyester ( nylon ) sewing yarn


With this yarn I managed to make the pixie hat for sale here:

https://en.lefilboutabout.com/product-page/bonnet-de-lutin-en-m%C3%A9rinos-pourpre-et-laine-fantaisie

The coordinated infinity scarf on sale here: https://en.lefilboutabout.com/product-page/echarpe-capuche-en-merinos-pourpre-et-laine-de-pays

The mittens coordinated with the infinite scarf and the pixie hat:

https://en.lefilboutabout.com/product-page/mitaines-en-merinos-pourpre-et-laine-de-pays

And the coordinated leggings : https://en.lefilboutabout.com/product-page/jambi%C3%A8res-en-m%C3%A9rinos-pourpre-et-fil-fantaisie


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Small hand-woven cotton placemat



hand-woven cotton placemat
hand-woven cotton placemat

When I weave, I have pieces of yarn left on each side of the beams, those which are at the back of the loom and those which are in front, if I do not make fringes or they are too long, the length of these yarns vary according to the work but it is long enough not to throw these little pieces



I started by mounting my chain on my RH ( rigid heddle loom ), two yarns by slits and one yarn in the hole



With a pick up stick behind the rigid heddle I took a thread from the two in the slits




The weaving is done with a yarn other than that of the warp, I opted for a white cotton in warp and a cotton dyed with madder for the weft. For background weaving, it suffices to lower to raise the heddle as if to make a canvas stitch



To make the fancy stitch, all you have to do is lift the heddle (hole up) and raise the rod which is behind the heddle, this gives a series of three raised yarns. With a shuttle and one of the remnants of the yarns I mentioned above, I wound the lifted yarns three by three like a leno weave.



I continued my canvas weaving and changed the yarn, to prevent it from coming undone, I overlapped my colored yarns


100% cotton placemat: Its dimensions are 100 cm x 40 cm or 1.00 m x 0.40 m


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