Friday, March 27, 2015
I used the formula from Peggy Osterkamp's book to calculate yards per pound, and at 1850 yards per pound, calculated that the maximum twill would be 22 ends per inch, so I set the scarf at 18 epi. It's a 2 1/2 yard warp, 6" wide.
And great news this afternoon. I got an email from Handwoven magazine informing me that one of my submissions, the mission-style towels, has been accepted as a semi-finalist to their contest. The next step is to put them in the mail. Break a leg!!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Iowa Weaver's blog. She gives directions for both a single shuttle and for two shuttles. I'm pleased with the window pane effect I'm getting from a single shuttle but this is a 4-yard sampler and I'm planning to try four things.
I've finished my samples.
When they're flat and open, I think they look fantastic.
But I fold my towels in half in the kitchen, and when I do that, the pattern gets lost. I'll go back to six blocks instead of five. The towel on the left is the one two shuttles and my least favorite, which is good news to me since it was tedious and fiddly.
I have a 7" two-yard warp on Maudie Mae right now set at 30 ends per inch. I want to settle for myself whether that's the preferable sett as Marg Coe steadfastly maintains. I hope not since it would take a lot more yarn and require me to raise the price of my towels. I'm anxious to have this resolved but can't until I get the studio loom warped and ready to go. It's getting a four-yard warp because after the outreach, it will be used by a student in our guild's learn-to-weave workshop. We warp looms for the students so their first experience is weaving. The following workshop session is teaching them to warp a loom for themselves. That way we set the hook before they have to roll up their sleeves and go to work.
Monday, March 16, 2015
We finished her's up as a wall hanging and it's adorable.
I had Christina take a couple of pictures of us when she picked Alexia up. It's been a while since she's spent the night and it's been a while since I've had my photo taken with her. She's getting tall!! And grown up!!!!
I posted a picture of these towels to the 4-Shaft Weaving Facebook page sometime last week. It's a group developed for learning weavers and I think turned taquete is the perfect draft to make a new weaver feel competent and happy. I've posted towels from this draft several times so was very surprised when I got a message Friday night from an editor at Handwoven Magazine, asking me if I'd be interested in submitting these to their home textile contest. She provided me her email and asked me to send her some photors, then emailed me the contest link.
Saturday morning before I went to book club, I spent about an hour taking photos outside. It's overcast and the indoor available light isn't available. This is one of the pictures I took, though it's not one I sent. I ended up making two entries to the contest after Alexia went to bed. The deadline is this Friday and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss it. I subscribed to the magazine last month but haven't received my first issue. I doubt I would have entered the contest anyway, even if I had the magazine. I just don't do stuff like that. I'm flattered to death however. The editor and I have since exchanged a couple more emails. It turns out that we have a mutual friend and read a lot of the same books - my other favorite thing besides weaving. What a nice surprise.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Friday, March 06, 2015
Excuse me while I blather on about how amazing our guild is becoming. At the February meeting it was reported that we had 13 new members from last year. The attendance at Wednesday's meeting was double any we've ever had and it was only a business meeting followed by study group reports. Between the outreach last March and the launch of our blog last September, we are generating interest and excitement. We have always been a weaving guild but Victoria said she doesn't want to weave but doesn't want to leave the guild either, would we consider a non-loom study group? So in September that group launched as off-loom bead weaving and what they showed at the study group reports was jaw dropping. Keep in mind that Karen Huntoon is a member of that group so the bar is set very high. Victoria is a collector of found objects and this is how she incorporated them with beads. She calls the collection Artifacts. The bottom center artifact is simply torn cardboard, only not so simple. And that's where I see the distinction - Victoria is an artist, I am an artisan.
And about me - I finished my recent towels, again using colors I find in Fiesta Ware pottery, though after my wrist slap for naming them that and then listing them on Etsy, I'm going to come up with a new name. I am thinking about closing my Etsy shop anyway. Something about them offering an IPO and going public turns it into a business, and I'm not a business - I am a hobbyist.
Meanwhile I've wound another warp for the 8-shaft huck lace, this time in 8/2 tencel, set at 20 epi. Huck is an unbelievably easy pattern to thread. I was ambitious with the last scarf at 30 epi and have decided to take a step back. Maybe I'll try that again later, we'll see.
Cindie Kitchens who has been a wonderful help to me as I struggle to learn this craft. I'm excited about eight shafts but didn't want to copy patterns from Handwoven magazine. Right now, my 8-shaft loom is all tied up. HeHe - weaving joke :)
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Don't step on this quilt!
Maddie has gone undercover. She loves to be under or in things.
And I know that's why she loves to crawl in my roll of packing paper as it comes off the loom. I couldn't mind that if I could just train her to stop scratching and chewing holes in it.
I finally tied up all eight of my harnesses and started on this 8-shaft huck lace scarf. There are a lot of firsts in this project - my first eight shaft weave, my first time to write my own draft with a lot of help from Madelyn's book and a couple of friends, and my first time to weave with 30 ends per inch with 16/2 bamboo. I made a lot of mistakes and I learned a ton! I had to add floating selvedges after I started weaving but next time I'll put plain weave on both sides which should eliminate the need for them.
Melissa sent me this care package several days ago. Someone gave her ten tubs of fiber stuff. She threw some away, took some and then we went through what was left. She says she's sending me another box next week. The remaining stuff is going to her guild. Lucky me!!
I bought this DVD earlier in the month and took it with me so Melissa and I could watch it together. We really got excited at his fantastic ideas and techniques, kinda like men get excited when they watch NASCAR. I'm planning to try a mixed warp with some of the stuff she sent me.
Melissa also included these in the box. They're her design which she had fabricated in their shop for hanging a warping board. My door frame is indented so there's no room for the warping board on either side.
So I hung my ironing board on it instead. In a postage-stamp sized studio, every inch saved is helpful.
After no appreciable snow since with the water year began in October, we awoke to this today. The forecast was for snow with less than an inch accumulation posssible. The Weather Service issued a summary of the storm earlier this afternoon reporting the bulk of it was right where we live: Palomino Valley had 10", we at Red Rock had 9" and Truckee only reported 6". Truckee is site of the Donner Party which had 20' of snow that winter. High Desert snow is peculiar in that it begins to melt when it stops snowing so this will be gone within the week.
It was a perfect day to weave so I finished the scarf. Actually I cut it off early but still at usable length. There are so many errors and I feel like I know more about what to do and I want to do it again. For one thing I know I need plain weave selvedges. And I know I need to plan the warp around the complete pattern of 55 threads instead of stopping when I hit 8" - it's going to be about 9.4" wide next time. This is woven in 16/2 bamboo that I ordered to ply handspun singles with and it had some spinning oil stains. I didn't see them until I was weaving. I thought about dyeing it but I know they won't be visible when I wear this and it's so so soft, I know I'm going to wear it a lot!