This tutorial is for pros, but seeing the result and that lately DIY levels have reached really high levels it’s wort to venture in the art of weaving and manufacture our own handmade fabric. Marian from The Handmade Things always works with heddle loom and using high quality natural fibers. Each of her designs, wonders that are for sale on her Dawanda shop, arise everyday fruit of her passion for the craft of weaving. Small pieces of art, exclusive and unrepeatable that retrieve the unique creation, a gift for the senses quite forgotten nowadays.
Tools and materials
Fabric woven on the loom
Once design the draft of the tissue, decided the type of material (cotton, linen, wool … etc.), tissue density, number and length of the warp yarns, we’ll proceed to prepare the loom.
Cut the warp thread and pass thread through the comb, the heddles and meshes for each warp, always following very strictly, the order of the ligament that we chose, and finishing to secure the ends of the warp set very carefully to achieve a balanced voltages. One last bad or loose wire will cause a visible error.
After preparing the loom, we can start to weave, from manually weft thread pitcher from side to side, ensuring first correct entry of the new fabric with multiple passes to match the original width. Then follow the order of movement of the heddles as the sample chosen by the pedals that move the heddles and open the shed. In this phase, a foot wrong amounts to unravel until the mistake.
The pedals are actuated by weaver’s feet. Everything is a work of concentration and thoroughness. As the tissue will go winding progresses in the front of the loom beam and go giving warp beam coiled from the back of the loom.
Once the tissue is finished, we cut it, wash it and give the finished according to its purpose.
Now we can start the process of making. Cut, sew and follow the pattern of the model.
Closure is sewn manually (never enqueueing) and so are the leather straps. C’est fini!