Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekly Post - April 25th

Good Morning Friends,

Have come to the decision that I am going to post here on my blog every Monday morning, I think that will fit best into my schedule - or at least I hope so.

Last post I promised you pictures of my latest project, the waffle weave towels.  So far I have completed one towel and have begun towel number two.  Waffle weave is fun to work with the weaving goes fast with the treadling being a simple 432123.  I think of treadling this pattern as going down the scale - meaning 4321 and then turning back up the scale to finish the set by pushing treadles 2 and 3.  Looking forward to seeing these towels finished so I can measure how much shrinkage I have.



You can see in the following picture that my weaving supervisor is working hard this morning.  No, really, he is working hard at contemplating what my next project will be on the loom.

I am always curious to see what other weaver's studios look like so I thought I would let you peak into my studio.  The loom closest to you is Rose, she is an 8 shaft Gilmore jack loom - the waffle weave towels are currently in progress on her.  The large loom in the back ground is Thistle, she is a 4 shaft Glimarka that I adore. She has a warp waiting to be threaded which I plan to accomplish this week.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Meet My Weaving Supervisor

Friends,

This is Sam Wise Gamgee, otherwise known as Sam around here.  Sam is my official weaving studio supervisor, he is very good at picking weaving patterns and yarns for my projects.  Okay, not really...but he does a great impression of snoring...oh wait, he is snoring.   Sam is a rescue dog, we have been the proud parents of 3 rescue Old English Sheepdogs - each one has been a wonderful addition to our family.  As you can tell by the picture Sam is a huge dog, over 112 pounds - this is very large for a Sheepie (okay, I probably spoil him a tad too much and feed him more than I should).    I am working on getting some weight off of Sam - maybe 20 pounds or so.  It is hard to resist those sweet eyes of his.

Currently threading a new to me weaving pattern.  This will be my first attempt at waffle weave.  My sister who a very accomplished weaver tells me that waffle weave shrinks a whole lot when you wet finish it.  Hopefully I have accounted for this shrinkage in my planning, we will see when this warp is woven off.

Next post I will have pictures of the towels in progress on the loom.

Until then,

Happy weaving!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

First Post

Dear Friends,

They say you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, how about a middle aged lady who wants to blog about her experiences weaving and trying to maintain a shop on Etsy?

As I try to figure out how to configure this blog, I hope you will be patient with me.

In the mean time feel free to check out my Etsy shop - www.etsy.com/shop/TandRHandweaving

Enjoy your day!