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The Voyageur Home

A weaving loom sitting on a dining table. There's a purple and black scarf project on it.

I’m so excited. I just got a new (used) table loom delivered via UPS. It’s a Leclerc Voyageur, 8 shafts, 24.5″ weaving width. It is a thing of beauty, and is in fantastic shape. So I thought I’d do an unboxing post.

When I opened the front door and saw this behemoth, I was surprised at how massive the box was. (I believe my exact words were “Holy fuck,” which made the UPS driver laugh out loud.)

Holy fuck, indeed.

Yeah, it’s about four feet tall.

There was a lot of packing material.

A lot of packing material.

But there was a loom in there somewhere, I knew it.

Found it!

I unwrapped it (and I’m never going to need packing supplies ever again, I don’t think) and put it on the table. The Voyageur is designed as a “workshop” loom — a folding loom that weavers can take with them to weaving classes. I wanted it because it folds up to a narrow enough size I can tuck it in the corner of my bedroom between projects. Most people who buy this model for travel get one of the narrower versions. This sucker is pretty big and weighs thirty pounds.

A folded-up weaving loom sitting on a dining table. There's a purple and black scarf project on it.
Oooooh.

I opened it up. I had to adjust the shafts and heddles, because they’d shifted some in transit, but nothing was broken. It’s in beautiful shape, actually.

The Voyageur unfolded.

That project you see on it was from the previous owner. It’s a Tencel scarf. The pattern is a 92 row repeat. I haven’t decided if I’m brave enough to continue it.

I won’t get to play with my new toy for a bit, because I have a large spinning commission to finish. But once that’s done, I’ll give the Voyageur a go and see how I do!

Meanwhile, I’m selling my old Louet Erica, a 19″ 4-shaft table loom. I have a prospective buyer lined up and am meeting her tomorrow. And I have a weaving space for this loom, when I have the time for it. I can’t wait.

Oh yeah — and the last owner was a giant Star Trek nerd. Which is why these decals are on the side of the loom. It’s dorky as hell, but I am probably equally dorky for recognizing the outline of the starship Voyager.

The side of a loom's castle.  Decals are on it, of the Star Trek Starfleet Command logo and the Voyager spaceship.
Voyager is home. God I’m a dork.
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Coming soon: LGBTQIA+ bracelets!

Today I did up some ace pride bracelets. I’m planning trans, non-binary, intersex, demi-sexual, bisexual, and pansexual one’s in the near future too.

I’m planning on shoelaces and skate laces as well. And I’m taking requests. Subscribe to the blog or follow me on Facebook to see when the bracelets are posted to the shop. They’ll be $6 each plus about a dollar for shipping within the US. All handwoven by me on an inkle loom!

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Handknits in the shop

I don’t like knitting for money. Knitting takes a long time, so it’s not cost-effective if I want to make a profit. But sometimes I knit things for fun and have no idea what to do with them afterward. So I’ve put a few things in the shop, for prices that basically just cover the yarn I used for them. Better than they go to good homes than sitting in a box in my apartment!

I also have one handwoven piece, a twill scarf. Weaving is faster than knitting, unless I’m doing something really complex. I plan to weave more for the shop soon.

I’m currently working on some more yarn for the shop, but my weaving is all commissions at the moment. Contact me if you’d like to have something done especially for you!

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Custom woven bands and straps

I took up band weaving some time ago, and I’m now offering custom pieces! Looking for a custom yoga mat carrier, luggage strap, tote bag handles, backpack straps, or other cool woven pieces? Here are a couple of examples of my work.

Backpack Straps

 

Pride Luggage Strap

Pricing depends on the width and length of the piece(s) and number of colors used.  Contact me to discuss your needs, and we’ll figure something out!

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Weaving: shoelaces

Making shoelaces on the inkle loom is fun, I’m finding.

I’m using size 10 crochet thread for them, and using an inkle pattern generator to make designs.

I’m planning to make some for the shop, but first I have to send my loom off for an upgrade. When it’s done I’ll be able to weave bands up to eighteen feet long. I’m thinking about putting some other band-woven things in the shop after that. Dog leashes? Lanyards? Give me your suggestions!