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I sometimes like to insert another pick-up stick between the two layers so its easy to see the raised threads Figure 2. As you gain confidence, you may find this isnt necessary. Even though the pick-up stick is used behind the heddle, pick up in front of the heddle where its easier to see what youre doing. To pick up the slot threads, begin at the selvedge and use a second pick-up stick to pick up the desired threads using an up and down dipping motion.

When the pattern says up, place a warp thread on the pick-up stick; when the pattern says down, place a thread underneath the pick-up stick. Here, Ive picked 1 up, 1 down Figure 3. For a 2-updown sequence, there will be two warp threads on the pick-up stick, two underneath, and so on. After youve picked up all of the desired threads, remove the first pick-up stick the one in Figure 2.

Place the heddle in neutral Figure 4 , and then turn the pick-up stick on edge Figure 5. This will lift a different group of threads to create a new shed. The next step is to transfer that pattern behind the heddle. To do this, insert a second pick-up stick behind the heddle into the shed created by the first pick-up stick.

Remove the first pick-up stick the one thats in front of the heddle it has done its job. Now, slide the pick-up stick behind the heddle to the back of the loom. Youll bring this stick forward when its needed to create a shed. Row 1. Row 2. Pick-up stick. Row 3. Row 4. Row 5. Row 6. Repeat these 6 rows for pattern. Repeat these 4 rows for pattern. Row 7.

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Row 8. Repeat these 8 rows for pattern. Pick-up stick A. Pick-up stick B. Row 9. Row Repeat these 12 rows for pattern. Pick-up stick, supplementary weft.

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Read Free For 30 Days. Weavers Idea. Flag for inappropriate content. Or can I skip the base colour? It is possible to just paint the areas with the base colour that you are going to distress.


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However be careful if the paint you are using is on the thicker side. If it is you may find that lines will be visible and you will need to lightly sand those smooth. Or alternatively as you say you can simply use the base colour of the wood. I would also recommend removal of the transfers, again painting can highlight any edges. The key to getting the right look will of course be to carry out test areas. I have a three foot two shelve one drawer book case. It is shiny wood finish.

About 30 years old. Repro model How do I get rid of the shine before I start to paint in mat cream paint.

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I do not want a distressed look. Just plain and simple. Do you know what the piece is made out of or if it is solid or veneered? It is likely to be a varnish on the bookcase but due to the age its would be best to clarify a bit more information before I advice. Of you are able to send a photo this would also help and you can email wood finishes.

Hi Sam I have a to unit and buffet in a dark mahogany finish. The colour is dated and I would like to transform to shabby chick. It seems to have a vanish finish. What are the steps to transform this to shabby white. Thanks Kathy. To achieve that two tone shabby chic effect you need to apply two contrasting colours, the only product that we have that is suited to this is the Earthborn Eco Chic , which has a wide range of colours available.

Have a read up on the product and if you have any further questions, please do let me know. I was delighted to come across your site with such clear instructions on how to distress furniture particularly as at the weekend I wandered into a little Interiors shop. As though it was a trade secret. So, thank you for lifting the lid! Hi, Great post! Found it very helpful.


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  • I am currently painting a desk for my daughter and I keep getting little air bubbles come up and sometimes the paint is noticeably thicker in other places. Do you know any tips other than sanding? I would really appreciate it, many thanks. Its difficult to say with out seeing desk and the paint so I would recommend sending in some photos to our email address which is wood finishes. If you can include what preparation you carried out, if there was any previous product on the surface of the desk, what you have used for application, ie brush or roller and what is the name of the product you have used.

    Hope fully I will be able to offer some advice — Sam. Dear Sam, I have a set of four matching Victorian bedroom chairs with cane seats. I intend to under-upholster the seats with suede covered seat pads for strength.. So they can actually be sat on and not harm the cane. But reading your blog I see you use an acrylic paint and or a chalk paint. This confuses me I thought it was all done with ordinary wall paint. Please could you clarify? Thank you in advance Nerissa. Thank you for your inquiry, creating the Shabby Chic or distressed look is still very popular and there are a number of ways to achieve the finish that you want.

    I am not a specialist in Emulsion paint but I would say that if you are keen to keep the colours matching then I would recommend a test area with the paint and seal with an acrylic varnish. As an alternative I would recommend having a look at Earthborn Clay Paint , which is a product we have brought in since the writing of this blog. It is ideal for a project like yours and has 72 colours in its range. Either way test areas are important not only to check that you like the finish but also to ensure adhesion of products.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions — Sam. I am pleased that our Blog has helped and we would love to see the finished project. Let me know if there is any thing I can help advice with — Sam. Many thanks. Thank you for your inquiry, you could have a look at the Earthborn Clay Paint which is ideal for this project. There are 72 colours in this range and you can apply your grey first and then a coat of the white and then sand back to create your distressed look. The Clay paint allows the wood to breath and gives a Matt flat finish. If you would like some sheen to it then a Wax to finish can be buffed to the required shine, but be aware that sometimes adding a wax to a white finish can create a yellow tinge.

    I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any further questions. Also if you do go with the Clay paint we love to see our customers projects and if you would like to send photos the address for this is wood finishes.

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    This will depend on what colour and product your intending to use. If you would like to email me with some more details about the look you would like to achieve and products you hope to use, I can advise you further. You can email on wood finishes. You can use varnish over a chalk paint but I have had very limited experience with this. If you can spray the varnish on to the surface of the Chalk paint that is undoubtedly going to give the best outcome.

    Brushing on can agitate the paint and cause it to come away. Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish would be an ideal product for you as it is durable and easy to use. Beware of applying clear products to white finishes, as they can sometimes have a slight yellow tinge show through. Always try a test area first.

    Let me know if there is anything else you would like to know — Sam. Everything is perfect apart from the handle rings, keep coming back after sanding down. How do I eliminate this? You will need to be a little more specific about your project and exactly what the problem is as well as what products you are using. If you can get me all that information I will happily advice you. Thank you — Sam. I have a repro mahogany dining table which we bought new about 20 years ago. It is solid , not veneered , and the top is French polished.

    There are now lots of white patches on the French polish from water spills or heat? I want to paint the legs of the table and refinish the top surface with something more practical — I was thinking oil? What would be the best way to remove the French polished surface, and what products would be best to use for the new finish?

    I have spoken to one of experts in wood finishes about this one. He says to remove the French Polish he would soak a cloth in Methylated Spirit and leave it on the surface for 5 — 15 mins, as it is a veneer the less time the better,and you should do a small test area first to ensure no damage is caused you should see the polish start to pickle bubble up and you can then scrap it away with a cabinet makers scrapper or a pull scraper very very carefully.

    A test area is important, not knowing exactly what the product is on the surface or how thick the veneer is means that it is important to proceed with great care. For a Oil based product to finish the wood, once you have got back to bare wood, you could have a look at the Osmo Polyx Oil which is great for well used surfaces and is easy to maintain and repair.

    It will darken the wood slightly, which most oils will do. If you wish to avoid this then have a look at Osmo Polyx Oil Raw which is designed to leave the wood looking as natural as possible. We would love to see some photos if you get chance, you can send them to wood finishes.

    It took me a bit of courage to paint some sentimental items. I have shabby chic- ed it in a pale green with a blue top coat distressed to show the green through. I love it and look forward to doing more. A tip for those with sentimental furniture like I have — type up a little history of the piece and tape it onto the back of the piece of furniture, the provence is such a nice thing to have!!

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    Thank you for sharing your story with us. We would love to see some photos of your sewing box. You can send them to wood finishes. And what a great idea to write a history for the piece!! Wow, this piece is inspiring! I found it while searching for ideas — I am painting an old dresser for my boys room. The table is waiting and now after reading this tutorial I feel ready to tackle it. Wish me luck. Hello Nicola, It is a clever way to create the effect that you want, applying the wax to prevent the paints from adhering to the surface and then wiping away.

    If you have time to send us some photos of your project, we would love to see! Great tutorial! I am a decorative artist and having done almost all of the decorative art and image transfer techniques, shabby chic furniture was my next step. I am really looking forward to trying this out. Thank you for the great and easy to follow instruction. Glad you enjoyed the blog, we would love to see some photos of your Shabby Chic projects when you have done them!! Hi great tutorial, I have adapted slightly to suit my needs. Am now on my third project a small book shelf which I am following your method using two colours.

    I have used rustoleum duck egg, which I added some pigment to, to make it more baby blue as my under colour and rustoleum chalk white as the outer layer.

    Instead of painting the entire piece with the blue purely to save paint I only applied it to the places I wanted to distress then applied the wax. I am now just waiting for the white to dry before the rub down to see how it turns out. I completely sanded them down first, removing all of the old varnish and then applied bees wax to the areas I wanted to distress. The tops of my first two projects coffee table and magazine table I left unpainted and applied the rustoleum chalk white. Once dried and rubbed down with soft cloth I applied the bees wax to the tops.

    Both look amazing and so professional. So thank you for your help. You could send them to wood finishes. Hi there , great tutorial, im a trained cabinet maker but all my furniture is in the utterly dated antique pine wax finish, im a dab hand with a chisel and saw ha but when it came to a paint brush im out of my depth ha, this tutorial alone has changed that ,my bed and bedsides look amazing now , extremely helpful especially the idea of putting wax on the first coat of paint , very clever, il be looking out for more of your ideas thanks again.

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    Thank you, its always good to hear how helpful our blogs and tips are, and we love to see photos of peoples projects. So if you have time we would love to see some photos. Excellent tutorial. I own a small dark wood cabinet which the silver service is kept in. You have inspired me to shabby chic this in duck egg blue to suit our decor. There are a number of ways to transfer photos onto wood. You would require a specialist product usually called Photo Transfer Medium, some wood to apply to, and something to seal with. Mod Podge comes highly recommended Once you have your image, on copy paper, apply the medium and spread of the whole image and then place face down on the surface of the wood, taking care to remove any air bubble.

    You probably need to leave it for around 24 hours and then gently scrub of the paper and seal to protect. Do look out for a future blog on exactly how to do this. Have read the process of making my furniture into shabby chic and I have found your instructions very useful and will be attempting this today, looking forward to seeing the result. It would be great to see some before and after photos if you have the time to send them in to wood finishes.

    Be interested in feedback on , or experience stripping paint from Lloyd Loom chairs with the Peelaway product? I seem to see seeing a lot of tips to not use Nitromors. We recommend that you contact the manufacturer directly as its possible that agressive paint removers may soften or weaken the weave of the chair. Amazing tutorial! One of the best on transforming furniture into the shabby chic look. I am also in love with that room in the first pic. I must have it! Pleased to hear that you enjoyed our blog post on how to Shabby Chic Furniture for a stunning contemporary look.