Fingerweaving Tutorial, basic diagonal stripe

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    This looks great! I am definitely adding it to my 'to try' list, thank you for sharing!
     

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    Sheesh, I have too many irons in the crafting fire as it is. Here you go and add another for me to try. Any one have a spare cloning and time extending machine? There is not enough of me nor hours in a day for me to do everything I want or need to do.
     
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    I must confess that I have a secret to time management.

    When we moved from the single family house on a suburban lot to this condo, I no longer have any yardwork. Almost no yard work. We have 18 inch by 120 inch strip of dirt we can play with.

    And no rabbits either. Just two little dogs, a pug and a chihuahua. Both black so they kind of match.

    So I have lots of time now!
    Have a good day!
     
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    Those are pretty sashes, there is some books available

    Fingerweaving Books
    list created Feb 3, 2010

    A Manual Of Fingerweaving
    by Robert J Austin
    Published 2000, Crazy Crow Trading Post
    ISBN 1-929572-00-X
    56 pages, black&white photos, color photos

    Equipment suggested: Two 54 inch shoelaces, harness sticks,
    head sticks, scissors, yardstick, tape measure, darning
    needle for sewing on borders, workchair.

    Yarn: Mentions wool was standard trade yarn, but recommends
    100% acrylic yarn or acrylic/wool blend for reasons of cost
    and ease of use.

    Topics:Warp faced fingerweaving, lightning pattern,
    chevron pattern (interlacing), diamond pattern,
    L'assomption (flame) pattern, interface weaving,
    applique', twilling (zigazg accent line), beading,
    sash fringes: twisted fringe, flat braid (3 strand),
    round braid (4 strand), beaded fringe, woven tabs.

    Notes: Bands shown are colorful and complex. Emphasis
    on Native American sash designs and fur trader
    sash designs. Instructions are kind of confusing
    because color of photo does not match colors in
    the instructions.

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    Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding
    by Alta R Turner
    Published 1973 by Sterling Publishing
    Reprinted 1989 by Cherokee Publications
    ISBN 0-935741-13-5
    previous ISB 0-8069-5264-4
    48 pages, black & white photos, color photos

    Equipment suggested: 1/4 inch diameter by 6 inch long
    dowel and a safety pin.

    Yarn: Suggests using 4 ply wool knitting yarn.

    Topics: Diagonal pattern (flat braid), making fringe,
    shaping a collar, chevron design, double chevron,
    necktie design, diamond design, lightning design,
    arrowhead design, Peruvian rep braid, Peruvian cross
    rep braid, Peruvian Cross Rep (3 color), Peruvian
    Rep Braid (advanced), Peruvian Cross Rep (advanced).

    Notes: Of the 16 designs presented, most are narrow
    wares, belts, collars, neckties. These could be sewn
    together for wider applications. Clear instructions.

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    The Basic Book Of Fingerweaving
    by Esther Warner Dendel
    Published 1974 by Simon & Schuster
    ISBN 071-21697-X
    128 pages, black & white photos, color plates

    Equipment suggested: Clipboard, builder board and
    T-pins, clamps for larger pieces, tape measure,
    scissors.

    Yarn: Seine cord, mason's line, macrame twine,
    rug yarn, knitting yarn, chenille yarn.

    Topics: Peruvian Flat Braid, Edge-to-edge weaving,
    Center-to-edge weaving, Edge-to-center (french sennit),
    Chinese braid, Mexican double weave, square and round
    braids, Widening/Narrowing & Shaping, Finishing Techniques.

    Notes: Large list of ambitious projects including
    afghans, bedspreads, belts, bolsters, collars, dress
    trimmings, dolls & toys, jackets, halters (horse),
    hammocks & swinging chairs, hand puppets, pillows,
    plant hangers, pockets, ponchos, purses, ruanas,
    scarves, sculptures, shawls, wall hangings.

    Instructions clear most of the time, but not always.

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    Fingerweaving Untangled
    by Carol James

    I love Carol James book. It's the perfect book for
    beginners with enough advanced patterns to keep you
    busy for a long time. You can't beat the color pictures
    and diagrams showing the hand movements.

    You can order at this site:
    http://www.sashweaver.ca/

    End list - more to be added
    Have a good day!
    Franco Rios
     
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    I do fingerweaving for 18th century re-enactors. It's nice and portable. Just takes a little practice to get tension right and even. The bands are incredibly strong.
     
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    Got any pictures?
    Would love to see it.

    Have a good day!
     
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    Fingerweaving - Chevron continued.
    see blog for pictures
    http://francosfiberadventure.blogspot.com/2010/02/chev2.html

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    Chevron continued. I found the interlock in the middle was causing me to lose
    track of which strands are the middle. I even lost track of one section where I
    had 3 white one side and 5 white on the other instead of 4 each side. While I
    found that if I move my outside strands up and away while I moved my
    "over/under" strands to make them more obvious, it was still confusing in the
    middle. I remember having similar issues on my larger chevron project last year.

    So I switched to the other method, which is to allow the weft strand to go
    across to the other half of the braid and become a warp on the other side. No
    interlock to return to the same side.

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    Here is a close up of the area. Above the white string is the area with the
    interlock. Below is the area with no interlock, but weft goes to warp on the
    other side.

    Immediately I notice there is no longer a line of bumps down the center where
    the interlocks occurred. The edges are smoother too. There is also a curve
    developing on the right side, so I will have to remember to use less tension on
    that side.

    I used variegated color yarn, so it changes color. The pattern repeats every 50
    inches so I cut my color strands to 50 inch and arranged the color changes
    together. I took half the strands and turned them around to get alternating
    color stripes.

    Have a good day!
     
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    Here's some picture's of a few pieces.

    Chevron leg-tie (to tie men's leggings) indigo and black walnut dyed:
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    Double Chevron Belt, natural gray(jacob), black(romney), and indigo blue:
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    Diamond leg ties, same wools as belt: [​IMG]

    Forgive the poor photography.