I’ve enrolled in both a weaving and jewelry/metalworking class this semester! I’m really looking forward to both of them, but I’m still waiting for the school to correct my residency status. Non-resident tuition is ridiculously expensive, to say the least. The weaving class is for techniques of the Southwest, and the class description says one of the things we’ll be focusing on is building a loom. That should be interesting! At a guess, I’m thinking if we build looms, they aren’t going to be huge, since I’m assuming that we will keep what we make, at least I would hope so!
I also put my marudai to work for the first time and made my first 16-strand flat braid, which will be the shoulder strap for the gussetted inkle pouch I made a few months back.i made two mistakes with that bag. One, I should have kept a notebook listing the floss colors I used and how many of each. Two, I should have bought a lot more floss! So I had to take the bag with me to the store and try to match the colors as best I could. I think I did okay with that, but I couldn’t find many of the colors, so I used the border colors and two from the main pattern area. Once I figure out my new camera (and find the stupid charger), I’ll post pictures of the braid.
I’ve discovered that there are pros and cons for both the braiding disk and the marudai. The braiding disk is a lot more portable, and can be bumped without messing up your bobbins, which can’t be done with the marudai! On the other hand, working with the marudai is much faster!