Now when the box containing my new Cricket arrived it was HUGE! I mean they could have fit 3 looms in there if they wanted to and I briefly panicked about having ordered the wrong size. Thank goodness they just felt like shipping it in a much larger box. The Boy was in a bit of a snit until I opened it and a small little loom was inside all lonely looking.
Here are all the parts of my cricket all laid out and ready to be put together!
I spent a while going back and forth about whether or not to stain/paint or seal my cricket before putting it together. However as I was considering this the polymer chemist in me kicked in (and I am going to go all super nerdy on you here for a bit so feel free to skip to the next paragraph if you don’t care). In order to stain my cricket I would most certainly get some on the heddle portion. The plastic in the heddle is ABS – acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – and while this is a very good and strong plastic, it has absolutely ZERO resistance to oils. This means that the oils can weaken the plastic and cause it to crack at any stress points… which for a rigid heddle is basically everywhere… so after fretting for a while I just decided to skip that step and thus my Cricket is naked and probably will be until I get up the courage to dress it up. However after doing lots of ABS failure tests involving stress and oil where the ABS fails in under an hour, this may take a while for me! Also a naked Cricket isn’t a big deal. I don’t leave it out in the sun or pour water on it… at least not on a daily basis.
So I was able to very easily assemble the loom. The instructions were clear and I had a working Rigid Heddle in about 20 minutes. However, that is the easy part! After staring at it for a while willing it to tell me all of its secrets, I gave up and I ordered a class on Craftsy that would hopefully enlighten me as to how to get a warp on to my Rigid Heddle. The warp consists of the strings that run through your heddle so that you actually have something to weave on… and without that, I just had a very cute little piece of wooden art. After watching the course (it isn’t that long and is super informative) I decided I was good to try and I could of course warp all by myself! Who needs a second person??? That would only limit my weaving time right? Wrong! I REALLY REALLY did need my second person but I was seriously too pig-headed to stop after I had started and wait for The Boy to come home and help me.
So I plowed on alone… (and oh how I wish I had photos of this!)
After a few hours of cursing and working tirelessly I did in fact, finally have a WARP! It seemed okay…? I really had no idea though, but I certainly wasn’t going to re-do it! I wanted to weave right then! So I did…. and I wove for a few days and ended up with a beautiful acrylic scarf (who wants to waste the good stuff?) that curves to the left… and really isn’t all the beautiful… but I love it anyways
Lesson learned – I need help to warp. I NEED help to warp. Other people may be able to do it on their own, but they are superhuman. I swallowed my pride and asked The Boy to help me warp my cricket for the next attempt – on which I decided to use BEAUTIFUL cotton yarn on… because I have several crazy bones in my body.
To be continued. .. Soon!