Welcome to Hoosier Handweaving.com, the online showcase for handwoven articles made by veteran weaver, Dorothy Baker.
We produce a wide variety of handwoven items such as:
- Voyageur Sashes
- Straps used for Pouches & Powderhorns
- Handspun Wool Scarves & Shawls
- Rag rugs from washed recycled clothing
Here's a simplified view of our handweaving process
First we select the colored yarn
that will be used for a particular
woven item. In this case a sash.
Using a horizontal revolving "warping mill" the yarn is measured
accurately and the colors laid next to each other in a special sequence
to produce the desired pattern.
After the measured and selected yarns are removed from
the warping mill, they are loosely chained together and brought
the the proper-sized loom.
This is the tricky part.
Based on the desired final pattern, each of the various colored yarns are fed thru one
of four possible "heddle" eyes. Foot treadles control which of the four frames that
hold the heddles will rise to allow the pattern to emerge in the woven piece.
Here you see all the threads are all in place and held under tension…
and the weaving has begun.
After the sash is taken off the loom, the fringes are are created by twisting
a-few-threads-at-a time at each end of the sash.