Monday, April 14, 2014

Herd Additions

My studio size has decreased and increased all in one weekend.  
On Friday my beloved 4 shaft Glimakra, Thistle left home for different pastures, I shall really miss her company.  
Don't think Sam is going to miss Thistle all that much.




A lovely little 22" 4 shaft solid cherry Norwood shyly made herself a home here in the studio.  I spent a few hours waxing her and changing out the old cotton cords on the warp beams with texsolv cord.

A brand new stainless steel 12 dent reed has been ordered along with new tie up cords.  The original chain tie ups she came with are not my favorite so I decided to switch them out with Schacht's tie up system.

Once everything is here to finish upgrading this little loom I will put a warp on her and enjoy her small yet sturdy self.

Keeping with my tradition of naming my looms after my favorite English renaissance nobility, please meet Bess (nickname of Queen Elizabeth I).


All the way from Des Moines my I present my 45" walnut 8 shaft Loomcraft Loom.  She is a real beauty and only needed a bit of TLC to restore her to her former glory.  

Her original tie up cords will be replaced by texsolv cord.  A 45" stainless steel 12 dent reed has been ordered as well as 600 more flat stainless steel heddles.  The loom came with 3 reeds, but they are unusable.  

Found it surprising that there were only 100 heddles on most shafts, for a loom this size I will need more.  The bench has a nice pull out drawer and is also made from walnut.  

Very excited to welcome this loom into the studio.  After contemplating names I decided to call her Victoria, before you send me emails I know that Victoria did not reign during the renaissance.  
Felt that a loom with such presence deserved a name to match.  



Rounding out the studio is my go-to loom the 8 shaft Gilmore, better known as Rose (short for English Rose, also a reference to Queen Elizabeth I).  Currently weaving an all silk shawl.  


A question for the sages, what do weavers call a collection of looms?   Might we call them a gaggle of looms, a pod of looms, a group of looms?  I have settled on a herd of looms.

The
Thistle Rose Weaving Studio
Herd


On to the next project...

Happy Weaving!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cotlin, Naturally

A ten yard warp of natural beige cotlin resulted in various projects on the loom this week.

Thought it was time I wove a shorter table runner, one that can be used and enjoyed on many different sizes of table tops.




I enjoy weaving these spa cloths, they are the result of a warping mistake I made several years ago and decided to "go with it" and weave that particular warp off the loom.  



It is fun to see how different the pattern looks when I use different yarns for the overshot portion.



My first foray into the world of weddings, a ring bearer's pillow.


On to the next project...

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blooming Dogwood

Last week was spent weaving a ten yard warp of cotlin yarn using one of my favorite overshot patterns.  

First up in the sequence are towels that were woven with cobalt blue as the accent color, cobalt is one of my favorite colors.



  The overshot pattern on these towels always reminds me of dogwood blooms.


Version number two towels were woven with a periwinkle blue border.  Very Swedish looking results don't you think?


Last up is version number three, woven with this year's staring color -  light orchid.  This towel looks spring-like and delicate and is lovely to look at.

On to the next project...

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Fling Shawl

With spring almost upon us I decided to pull out some wonderful hand dyed tencel yarn and weave a one of a kind huck lace shawl.  The resulting shawl drapes beautifully and has a lovely soft hand, feels much like silk but is so much easier to care for.




I think you can see the lace pattern and the lovely orchid, rose and magenta colors that glimmer through the body of the shawl in this picture.  Had a great time weaving this shawl, but there is no rest for the weaver...on to the next project.



Happy Weaving!

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire

This past week not a lot of weaving got accomplished because life got in the way.  With everything that happened during the week I did manage to get a red rug warp on and off the loom.


Wove up some red and white overshot potholders, there were four potholders but I had to keep one for my kitchen.



On the same warp I used some red moda fabric a dear friend gifted me for Christmas.  Although I am sure she thought I would use the fabric for quilting (not happening this year) I thought the fabric was splendid for weaving some bright and cheerful pot holders.




Happy Weaving!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Crisp Clear Color


Bright crisp clear color can really brighten my day and these towels are just the ticket.  With all the arctic cold, snow flurries and ice I felt like I needed to brighten my outlook on life.  These taquette towels were a joy to weave leaving me feeling upbeat and cheerful whenever I sat down to weave them.



Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Keep It Simple



Yellow, blue and crisp white cotlin yarns woven into some Scandinavian inspired towels.  
Stripes woven in bright colors on a white back ground.  
Simply Perfect.





They sure look different when folded into thirds don't they?



Not much to report on here, except that the horrific cold has been keeping me busy feeding wood into the fireplace to keep the weaving studio warm and snug.  Hope where ever you are it is warm and sunny and you are enjoying the new year.


Happy Weaving!

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