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A friend showed me the basics of weaving and loaned me her inkle loom -a small loom designed to weave straps.

Now what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word straps? A dulcimer strap, of course. That had to be my first weaving project. There are a few flaws at the edges, but that is okay. It matches my dulcimer playing, which also has a few flaws on the edges.

It was an easy project. I could work on it during the evening hours for a few hours and put it aside for a few days when life got too busy for hobbies. One more step to go. I need to review Strumelia's blog post about straps to figure out how to connect it to the dulcimer.

With my short, short legs, I do have trouble keeping my lap level. Do I really need a strap? Maybe not, but it was fun to make. I used multiple How To instructions from books and web sites. How to Weave a Rainbow Guitar Strap was a good resource.

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Comment by 10ashus on May 10, 2014 at 3:32pm

Attaching the strap - It will be the end of May or first week of June before I can get to this step. I will share with you what I do.

Source: Strumelia's Home Made Straps video
I need 2 attachment straps -one for the neck and one at the strum box end to thread behind the bridge and under the strings. Criteria: thin enough to thread behind the bridge, soft enough to not damage the wood.

  1. Ribbon
  2. Braid of yarn
  3. Leather thong -Would the string type width make it more likely to bind and cut the wood?
  4. Weave a narrow band
  5. Wide shoe lace
  6. I'd like to hear your ideas

Doug, I apologize for my delay in getting back to this conversation. Glad to know I opened your thoughts to the Inkle loom. For me, it is small enough to not get in the way and large enough to not get stored in a closet and forgotten. You were thinking about alternatives to a button. In sewing, the alternatives would be...

  • snaps (British call them poppers)
  • a grommet and long strings, if you can find a knot that works www.netknots.com

Comment by Doug Jones on April 18, 2014 at 11:25am

Will there be an update to this when you're able to get it attached to your dulcimer?  I've been looking at many different methods for making my own strap for my dulcimer (I don't want to put a button on it. I don't think it would work as well since it's smaller to begin with).  I'm hung up on how to attach a button and loop, since I'm really not a crafty type.  I'm very intrigued by the inkle loom now. If I can find some other projects for this, I might be able to justify purchasing one...

Comment by Barb Farrow on April 15, 2014 at 6:29am

WOOOOO, I think it is really pretty .... You did a great job on it!

Comment by Geekling on April 12, 2014 at 7:39pm

I guess that's a different kind of jamming, 10ahus. I'm glad we were able to give you a laugh!

Comment by 10ashus on April 12, 2014 at 7:28pm

I was on the porch plucking away and took a break to peek in at FOTMD. You guys quack me up. Reading and laughing, I felt like you were right there on the porch with me.

Comment by Geekling on April 12, 2014 at 7:26pm

The one he's obsessed with only has one big foot, though. It must've dropped something pretty heavy on its foot to make it that swollen!

Comment by John Henry on April 11, 2014 at 5:21pm

Emotionally scarred by playing in a school band ??????????           Hang on tho'........I do believe we may have a mutual dulcimer playing friend who sometimes shows evidence that he too may have been affected in a similar manner,  seems overtly obsessed with big feet for some reason...........

Good to know that I made you laugh Steph, hang in there, it seems that just like us, you are still riding that roller coaster !

hugs

John

Comment by Geekling on April 11, 2014 at 1:01pm

LOL, JH! I probably shouldn't have asked Karena to make me something music-related in the first place. She was emotionally scarred by her years playing in her school's band.

Comment by John Henry on April 10, 2014 at 3:40pm

Geeks !   "I'm with JH"---    I never knew you cared! ,  but do please think about Keith's feeling's , this site is a mite public !!!

 

(sorry 10ashus, unconnected remarks I know, but fate has a way of weaving disparate strands together sometimes, sigh.............!)

Comment by Geekling on April 10, 2014 at 1:42pm

I'm with JH--I would love to have a handcrafted dulcimer strap, even if my boyfriend's sister never gets around to making it!

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