Handwoven towels need handwoven hanging tabs. I finished the Vavstuga cottolin towel warp, so now it’s time to put my band loom to use. Why not use the warp thrums to make the woven band? The length of the thrums is too short for the band loom, so I am knotting two ends together for each strand.
Everything is starting out just fine, but my inexperience with the “weaver’s knot” proves problematic. One by one, the knots are working themselves loose. I re-tie each failed knot into a confident square knot. Finally, after three weaver’s knot failures, I decided to advance the warp far enough to get past the knots altogether. Smooth sailing after that, and I still ended up with plenty of woven band for the six woven towels.
I like finding another good use for the thrums. So, I will do this again. But next time, I’ll do a refresher on knot tying before I begin.
May your knots hold tight.
All the best,
9 thoughts on “Tried and True: Another Use for Thrums”
What a great idea!
Hi Nancy, Thanks! It’s nice to put those thrums back to work.
All the best,
It is great to find a use for the thrums. I cringe when the work of the spinner is cut away. My last thrums were set aside for raspberry tie ups. Someone else I know uses hers for pillow stuffing.
I am not familiar with a weaver’s knot. Would you have time in a future posting describe?
Hi Nannette, I haven’t found a lot of uses for thrums, so I’m happy when it works out like this.
I don’t think you should learn the weaver’s knot from me until I get better at myself. 🙂 Jenny Bellairs shows a terrific way of tying it – see the link in her comment below this.
All the best,
I know the people in the weaving industry can tie the weaver’s knot very quickly, but unless I need the tiny knot, I find it is quicker to put the two ends together and tie an overhand knot.
I did find some instructions quite a few years ago that I was actually able to remember without looking up instructions, and made a pictorial blog post here: https://jennybellairs.blogspot.com/search?q=Weaver’s+knot
It doesn’t seem to work well on all weights of yarn though, especially thick firm yarns.
Karen, I enjoy your blog posts and look forward to learning something new, especially since getting my Glimakra Standard 10 shaft loom last summer.
Hi Jenny, Thank you so much for posting your pictorial blog post on tying this knot–Super! I definitely want to try that out. And yes, an overhand knot would have served me better in this instance. Maybe I’ll think of that next time! Thanks!
I hope you are enjoying your Glimakra Standard 10 shaft loom as much as I enjoy mine!
Thank you Jenny,
The knot looks so easy to be such a challenge. Thank you for sharing your blog. Besides Karen’s blog I have been binging on the vlog Curmudeon66 out of DePere Wisconsin. Content driven by a retired guy with the heart of a teacher.
My Blog is all over the place. The latest weaving posting is linked below. My work is primitive at best. Hoping to improve with each project.
When I have time I will have to put in a few more posts of my spring projects.
Maybe take the trums and tie together and knit or crochet a washcloth?
Hi Rachel, I like that idea. I’m not a knitter or crocheter, but I have friends who are. Maybe they would like to use my thrums.
I do have plans to use my saved linen thrums for weft in washcloths. I hope to do that sometime this year.