inkle weaving on a Greta

What you see here is a Greta Loom. It's a tinny weaving loom, you can hold between your legs, to make ribbons and all sorts of (narrow) trimmings.  It's one of the many things I've learned when I took the classes Bonni Backe taught last summer, at IGMA's Guild school in Castine.

Today it's warped with with 6 strands of cotton sewing thread; orange, blue and white.

So i can now weave a ribbon that is approximately 1,3 millimeter wide. The aim here is to make an orange band, with a blue and white stripe. Unfortunately it would become to wide if i'd do that. Cos then I need an extra thread of blue, next to the other blue, and the same goes for the white thread, making it become way over 1,7 mm wide.  I might even need an extra orange to set the stripes apart... making it almost 2 mm.......

It won't do... just won't do, so this band is a compromise between size and looks. It's width is now in proportion to the original and the human eye will hopefully presume that the blue and white "dots" are lines.

Cos this ribbon will be used to tie new pair(s) of old fashion Dutch skates. Just like has been done so oft in the past.


Have a great weekend,


  1. Wow! Thank you for sharing. I see this kind of loom for the first time.
    With my human eye I note little lines, not dots.
    Your skates are awsome!

  2. my God! It takes an eagle eye to make this work!
    I look forward to seeing the tape over ... for now, congratulations for your patience and meticulousness! :))
    good Sunday!

    1. This is so interesting. I have never seen a loom like that.

      I am excited...A new pair of skates! I look forward to seeing them.

  3. This is so cool! I have never seen a loom like this before.

  4. Hi Debora,
    It looks wonderfull! Don't know how it works but it looks really nice.
    I also liked the picture where the skates aren't cut from the wood...I finally figured out how you make them!
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Aah Jeffry, i see we can now reply specific at comments. I'd to ya replied below, but this is actually quit handy :D
      Thank you Blogger

  5. wow wat ziet dat er gaaf uit zeg. ik ben heel benieuwd hoe het lint er straks uitziet als de friese doorlopers af zijn.
    groetjes van Erica

  6. I thought this loom was nice to share with you all. The first time i saw it I was just as struck.... hmmm... how does this work??? It's actually quit simple, once you get the basics. But i guess that goes for a lot of things in life :))) Still It's hard for me to explain here in this comment box, although I hope some of you see how the threads go, and the detail pic gives you some idea.

    @ Jeffry, check out my Picassa photstream at the left hand side. There you can see another version being made, and the way they are cut out of the wood is also a little different.

  7. Thanks for the info Debora, I will have a look at it!. Nice feature to be able to react directly on a specific message.


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