Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Golden Rules

Golden Rules for Living

1.    If you open it, close it.
2.    If you turn it on, turn it off.

3.    If you unlock it, lock it up.

4.    If you break it, admit it.

5.    If you can't fix it, call in someone who can.

6.    If you borrow it, return it.

7.    If you value it, take care of it.

8.    If you make a mess, clean it up.

9.    If you move it, put it back.

10.  If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.

11.  If you don't know how to operate it, leave it alone.

12.  If it is none of your business, don't ask questions.

I love these rules, don't you.

I am in love with this weaving, do any of you know where I can find the draft?  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Around The Studio

Finally finished the 5/2 cotton throws I have been working on for the last few weeks.  This was the project where I had to tie on 900+ threads - something I never want to do again.  These throws are for my twin grandchildren.  She is a very girly-girl and loves purple and he is all-boy which made me think dark colors might be best for him.  Although the original draft is not what I wanted I think they turned out beautifully.  

This is the sewing corner in my studio.  On the right-hand side is my "new" treadle sewing machine cabinet that Santa brought me.  If you look closely on the right side of this machine you can just see the sewing cabinet my father made from old sewing cabinet drawers, it is stuffed full of various parts and accessories for my machines.  You have probably guessed that I prefer older machines, these two are all-metal ladies that Mr. Singer made to last forever.   The beige machine I named Frannie in honor of my paternal Grandmother - she is a model 501A or better known as a Rocketeer.  The black machine is my workhorse, Tilley a Singer 121A - she only sews regular straight stitches but she does them perfectly and with little fuss.    I love my old girls.

My newest studio acquisition, is a reindeer pelt from Lapland.  Isn't it beautiful?  After learning that a lot of Scandinavian weavers use these pelts on their weaving benches I discovered that Joanne Hall at Glimakra USA was a distributor.  Note the tail hanging off the bench - not something you see every day.

What I found interesting was the way the pelt can be secured to your weaving bench.  Grommets and texsolve, brillant!

Running with that idea I quickly dug out my grommet setting machine punched some holes in one of my sheepskin bench covers added the grommets and texsolve and walah a secure way to keep the skin on my bench.   

Thought you might be interested to learn how I keep scissors from wandering away from my looms.  A magnet I found at the local hardware store has been screwed into the uprights of my loom.  I put my scissors, needles and pins on it.  That way my scissors are always in easy reach.  The coin you see attached to the loom is from Ireland - a good luck piece.

Another item I have in my studio that I cannot do without is my loom side table  (a pine stool from Ikea).  On the stool I keep my weaving draft/treadling information within easy reach.  Shuttles, pencils and the like are kept on this table.

Hope you enjoyed my little studio tour.

Happy Weaving!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It Has Been A Busy Year

It really has been a very busy year both here on our homestead and in my weaving studio.  It comes as a big surprise to me that a good amount of weaving actually was accomplished this past year.  Shall we meander down memory lane?

January - Overshot roses - three table runners awaiting hemming and pressing.

January - Hearts on the loom

February - sewing hems with my old Singer

February - Spring flowers on the loom

March - Complexion cloths - otherwise known as Martha learns to make lemonade out of lemons.  A lesson in just how much yarns can shrink when wet finished.

April - Fiesta Towels!

May - Monk's Belt - the day the red yarn ran in the wash and ruined my lovely towels.  

June - Two All Wool Saddle Blankets  - A lesson in how to use that weird all wool yarn in my stash.

June - All Wool Overshot Area Rug - More lessons in stash use.


July - Red Tencel Pirate Sash

August - Itchy but pretty wool gamp throw  

August - Preparing for Christmas
Plaid yardage for Christmas fabric baskets

September - Nordic Star Christmas Towels

October - Snowflake Christmas Towels

November - Turned Monk's Belt Table Runners

December - Shadow Weave Throw

All in all it appears my looms were very busy.   It was a productive year both in the studio and on the homestead front.

I wish a very happy new year to everyone.

Happy Weaving!