Zoom Meeting June 2021
Last Saturday Liz was talking about her Yarnshifter, an adjustable, portable weaving frame for producing squares, triangles or diamonds which she bought at The Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show, probably in 2003.
The couple who used to produce them are no longer in business, but a Yarnshifter was up for sale on Ebay recently.
Unlike traditional weaving using a series of warps linked together by the weft, Yarnshifting uses a continuous ball of yarn which acts as both the warp and weft combined, and the following video will give you an idea of the technique.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2dBsmq0H7c – How to Weave a Hexagon on a Pin Loom.
Liz was working with Jacob fleece which she’d divided into cream, pale grey/brown and dark brown. This was spun keeping the colours in blocks, then Navajo plied to give a variegated yarn which produced a tartan square without needing to weave in any ends where the colour changed.
Liz had also, woven two diamonds with textured silk yarns, and is now encouraged to change the shape of her frame so that she can continue with that project.
Text/Pic: Liz Carrington