The long side of the triangle (shown at the top in the above picture) is the loom size. The size of the loom is given as the size of the fabric. If a shawl size is given as six foot, that means that the shawl was woven on a six foot loom. Each fabric relaxes when removed from the loom and you should expect the actual measurement of your shawl to be slightly smaller. Some fibers will relax more than others. Because of this variance, shawl sizes are not to be expected to be exact measurement.
RECTANGULAR LOOM SIZE
Sizes for rectangle looms are given as inches by inches. For example: 11 by 55. In order to sucessfully weave on a rectangular loom, the length must be a multiple of the width. As the fabric is woven on the bias, the final size may shift. The fabric usually becomes slightly longer and narrower.
Rather than pegs, nails are used. Finish nails (with small heads) are used because they are easier to loop the fiber over when weaving. Nail holes are pre-drilled to prevent wood splitting. Nails with larger heads may be special ordered, but are not advised for close nail spacing.
Triangular Looms up to 18 inches are made from a single piece of pine. The center is cut out to make weaving easier.
Clear or natural finish is standard. A darker finish may be specified when ordering
Nails should be spaced farther apart when using bulky fiber or if weaving with multiple strands. Nails should be spaced closer if using fine fiber and for more experienced weavers.
Square and Rectangular looms are made with your choice of nail spacing, normally 1/4 inch. Only rarely should a closer nail spacing be used.
Size and Nail spacing is measuted across the top (long side) of triangular looms.
As an artist, Lenore chooses the fibers and yarns for each piece. Different fibers have different textures and result in a different feel to the touch. Quality fabrics cannot be fairly displayed on an internet site because you must touch it to truly appreciate the wonderful feel of a true work of art. Many weavers use inexpensive fibers, and therefore the end product can be sold for less. Many of the pieces produced by Lenore contain well over one hundred dollars worth of materials. The more textured fibers require much more time to weave. The care and artistic flair that goes into each piece is reflected in the beauty and feel of the finished product. Each strand is individually hand woven. Some of these pieces take over a month to create, especially when the fabric is made of multiple strands.
Both give strength and body to the fabric and allow use of finer fiber on wider spaced nails. When removed from the loom the fabric relaxes leaving no trace of the process.
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