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How to make shoelaces in pictures with steps

Clare Anderson-Safronova

Comments 12 Tags handwoven, handwoven shoelaces, how to make showlaces

How to make shoelaces in pictures with steps
step-by-step how to make shoelaces

New loom in the making

Clare Anderson-Safronova

Comments 7 Tags card loom, new loom, table loom, tablet loom

New loom in the making

I have been testing out a new small table loom.  The idea was for it to be for band weaving but other narrow warps can be woven too.  The great thing is you can use it for not only rigid heddle, but whatever your weaving preference is, tablet (card), string heddles, or many styles of rigid heddles. One side is a ,,wind up,, and the other side we used out rolling lock system like in the bandlocks. Advancing is easy and it stays locked in place.  I really like that system because instead of the textile being wrapped up, you...


Color up your shoes!

Color up your shoes!

Here is one example of some shoelaces I wove for Christmas presents.  Everyone has belts, key chains, hat trims, jacket trims etc, but they sure did not see shoelaces coming!  It was the narrowest band I had made so felt dainty in the hands while weaving.   Results none the less, a strong band into laces.  


Visiting the wool mill

Clare Anderson-Safronova

Tags best wool, lanolin, process of wool, wool, wool mill

Visiting the wool mill

Paces wool mill in Latvia. Finally we had the chance to visit the mill we source our wool from.  Its on the complete other side of Latvia.  Yes, Latvia is a small country and the size is relative.  But driving 4 hours seems like a big commitment here. I have been dreaming of the wool mill ever since I saw the wool.  The wool mill is the only one in Latvia that you can bring your own wool and get yarn in exchange.  And that is how they get all the fiber. Then they clean it the traditional way in a...


Weaving on the move. In the car!

Weaving on the move. In the car!

I have been weaving in the car for years now.  I was always the driver for years since being American put me way more experienced then my Latvian country man who got his drivers licenses when we were together.  I already had ten years on him at that point!  But now I am very happy to be the co-pilot, navigator, backseat driver and weaver (which makes me be not so good at the first 3.  When I began I would tie a knot and close it in the glove compartment (who puts gloves in there now?).  That worked but less...