Thursday, October 19, 2017

Four to Eight

Before the additions


Placed an order two months ago with Meridith at Macomber Looms to upgrade my 1968 model B5 40" Macomber loom. I ordered 4 new harness systems - #’s 5 through 8, a lamm depressor, 600 heddles, beater pads and stop pads to bring my lovely loom up to 8 working harnesses. The loom still has room for 2 more harnesses to make it a 10 harness loom. One of these days I may add those final two harnesses.
Also ordered 8 brand new shiny heddle bars to replace the old existing bars - yes, I know I could restore them but I want everything to match and look nice.


Here she is with all eight harnesses, 4 new treadles and the ever famous lamm depressor installed.


Notice the lovely new brass parts installed next to the original four that came with the loom in 1968.


In the 1968 lamm depressors were a wooden dowel you pressed down on the lamms with while to trying to install the treadle hooks.  Not user friendly at all.  A brand new lamm depressor has been installed and it will hold a lamm down with out my assistance so I can install the treadle hooks with ease.  

Happy Weaving!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Off And Running

Just finished a long warp on my Gilmore, while pulling the fabric from the loom I found a huge treading error on one of the towels which made me want to cry.  Decided to cut up the unsellable towel and turn it into two pot holders that match one of the towels in the series.  Nice to be able to take a towel that was unsellable and make it into a beautiful matching kitchen set I can sell in my shop.  Win-win!


Next up is a tencel scarf I wove up using two similar colors to produce an iridescent glow to the finished textile.  I forgot how much I enjoy weaving with tencel yarn.


Off to warp the loom, the holidays are coming FAST!

Happy Weaving!

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Trials and Tribulations of Being The Newest Loom In the Studio

After much debate about the perfect little loom to take with me when we travel in our 5th Wheel Travel Trailer I settled on a Schacht Wolf Pup 8/10.   I am a great believer in buying from my fellow Etsy shop owners.   I believe we all need to buy from one another to keep our shops open and thriving.  Working with Jodi of The Spinnery I bought the 8/10 loom.

The loom arrived via UPS and at first blush appeared to have survived it's journey from the Schacht plant with no damage.  Little did I know that hidden under all the packing styrofoam the left front leg was split and the beater pin was crushed.   Jodi was awesome and called the company who sent out replacements immediately.  

Woe is me the troubles were not over for the new loom yet.  After warping, threading and tieing on I discovered that harness 4 would not move.  The air was now blue with my not so nice mumblings --- I unthreaded the loom and proceeded to move harness 4 into different harness slots trying to find a work around that would allow me to weave.  No go, nothing I tried worked.  

The harness did not appear warped to the naked eye.  I am suspecting that it might have been a tad thicker in width than it needed to be, thus it would not work in any of the harness slots.  Back to the computer to contact Jodi and she took care of the rest.  A new harness was delivered early this week and has been installed on the loom and works beautifully.  The old harness was sent back to Schacht so that the engineers could take a look at it and determine what may have occurred.  

All in all I am pleased with the superior customer service to be found in Jodi's shop - I highly recommend The Spinnery

As is my way I named the new little loom - WeeNut.  I know you are probably thinking that is a strange name.  But to my way of thinking the loom is a little wee thing compared to it's sisters sitting in my weaving studio - thus the name WeeNut.  

I hope to put a maiden warp on the loom soon and will report how I like weaving on WeeNut.



I discovered this lovely wolf head needle minder on Etsy and thought that it was just the thing to grace my littlest loom.  It will do a wonderful job of keeping my hem stitching needle safe and sound



This morning in the studio I have a colorful warp just starting to be woven up on my Gilmore 8 shaft jack loom.  



As you can see my weaving supervisors are hard at work ensuring that the studio carpet doesn't go flying off into space.  I love how they snuggle with each other.  

Looks like the two of them could use a trip to the groomer, few more days and they will be shorn and shining once again.



Happy Weaving!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Adding a Moose To The Herd

My 1968 model B5 with 4 original harnesses - waiting for her upgrades.

Placed an order this morning with Meridith at Macomber Looms to upgrade my loom.   I ordered 4 new harness systems - #'s 5 through 8, a lamm depressor, 600 heddles, beater pads and stop pads to bring my lovely 1968 model B5 up to 8 harnesses.  The loom has room for 2 more harnesses to make it a 10 harness loom.  One of these days I may add those final two harnesses.

Also ordered 8 brand new shiny heddle bars to replace the old existing bars - yes, I know I could  restore them but I want everything to match and look nice.

Now I need to be patient and wait the 6 to 8 weeks for all my ill-gotten-gain to arrive so I can install everything and begin weaving with 8 harnesses on this wonderful old girl.



My I introduce you to Moose?  

Moose hails from sunny Southern California and is now living here in the cold upper midwest.  Moose is a 12 shaft Mountain Loom with a 27" weaving width and weighs in at a whopping 70+ pounds - hence his new name.  He is heavy and huge!  

The great thing about Moose is that he has barely been used, there are very few use marks on him and he is in fantastic condition for a 20+ year old table loom.  My wonderful woodworking husband is busy making him is own quarter sawn oak stand so that I can weave in comfort on this guy.   

My sister in law discovered that Moose was looking for a new home and thought I might be interested in adding him to my loom herd, she of course was right.  I almost fainted when I heard the original owner wanted $250.00 for the loom - you can bet this was the fastest loom purchase in my long and sordid loom buying past.

All in all it has been a great few days - OLAD (Obsessive Loom Acquisition Disorder) has been fed and I am doing the happy dance. 

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

August Flowers



Flowers in August and a bit of the green and red for the upcoming holiday season.  This is an old favorite weaving draft of mine it is adapted from HW's Design Collection #11.   I enjoy traditional looking towels and love to weave them.  The photo looks a bit yellowish -- the white cotlin is not as crisp and pure looking as it is in real life.  Oh well, photography isn't my strong suit.


I personally never get tired of traditional red and white towels, they just make me happy.


Trying to get a jump on holiday sales with two towels to add to the shop's Christmas listings.

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas In July



It really is Christmas in July in my weaving studio.  Just completed an 80" long table runner using Perle cotton and some really nice silver lined garnet beads.  My customer evidently has a very long table and was specific on the length.  The design was left up to me and off I went to warp, thread and weave up the runner in 24 hours.  Lots of fun.

Happy Weaving!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sunny Swedish Towels



Had a wonderful time working and changing a weaving draft I found in Vav magazine to make it more my own.  Used GOTS certified cotlin yarns in this project.  The warm and sunny yellow along with the navy blue are very reminiscent of the Swedish flag and just make me smile.


Summer is fast slipping away and I need to get hot and start planing and weaving Christmas textiles for my Etsy shop.

Happy Weaving!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Wonderful Surprise

Yesterday was a red letter day for me.  I discovered a lovely surprise in my mail box sent by my dear friend Diane in California.  Diane and I met on the internet through Etsy and have enjoyed a long distance friendship for a few years now.  Diane owns Treadlers https://www.etsy.com/shop/Treadlers
on Etsy where she hand weaves the most luxurious scarves from beautiful yarns like Qiviut, silk blends and many other beautiful combinations.

Upon opening the surprise box I was astonished to find 6 skeins of Arctic Qiviut Wool Blend 2 ply lace yarn in two shades of my favorite color - red.  Among the skeins of yarn was a wonderful pewter Musk Ox pin.  Also in the box was a beautiful handmade brass sleying hook made by the Celtic Swan http://www.celticswan.com - this hook is so beautiful and so well made it is a work of art.  Using the hook is a pleasure not only because of it's beauty but it is well designed to fit into your hand easily.

What wonderful gifts -  all the makings for me to be able weave myself a lovely and warm winter scarf out of yarns I would never ever splurge on for myself.  Thank you Diane, you touched my heart with your lovely gifts.



In the weaving studio I just finished an 8 yard warp of organic GOTS certified yarns using a draft I found in an old VAV weaving magazine - the draft can also be found in the "Simple Weaves" book.  Love the clean simplicity of these towels.


Happy Weaving!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Horizons



Fresh run of towels woven with organic cotlin yarns I just pulled off my Gilmore Jack Loom.  Next up is the finishing which consists of running a zig zag stitch between each towel, washing and drying the long run of towels, the first pass of my iron, cutting the towels to size, hemming and the final pressing of each towel.   Lastly, photography of the towels and posting in my Etsy shop.  Lots of work but each step is enjoyable and the finished towels are a pleasure not only to weave but to use.

I have been long contemplating where I want to go with my weaving and have been toying with the idea of learning about using a drawloom.  Step one, I purchased the book Damask and Opphamta by Lillemor Johansson from Amazon this morning.  This book is a go to for learning and understanding how to operate a drawloom.  Next up will be the search for a used Glimakra Standard countermarch loom,  yes, dear readers I have had two of these looms in the past and sold both of them.  I am kicking myself for letting them go.  Need a Glimakra Standard loom and the drawloom attachments for that loom so I can learn to weave using the drawloom attachments.



Swedish and Scandinavian weaving looms and drafts are once again calling my name, it is time for me to heed the call.  After several years of ignoring the call to weave what I want to weave I have decided to ignore what the online market wants me to weave beginning with the next warp on my looms.  Weaving for the online market is not making me happy, it is high time I do what I want to do and let the chips fall were they may.  Yes, my Etsy shop will remain open but I will begin selling only textiles that I enjoy weaving in the shop.

New horizons are a joy to contemplate - as a friend of mine says "onward"

Happy Weaving!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thank You!


This beautiful handwoven towel arrived in today's post.  Beth Mullins - https://www.etsy.com/shop/frederickavenue

is the talented weaver who created this beautiful piece.  What a lovely housewarming gift from a very talented weaving friend.  Pepper and I are delighted with the towel and think it looks smashing in our new kitchen.

Thank you Beth!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Studio


We have settled into our new home here in Minnesota, the house is unpacked and the dogs have settled into new routines.

Here is  my new weaving studio complete with a working gas fireplace and a separate office area (the office is through the doorway on the right side of the picture). 


Next up, warping up my looms.

Happy Weaving!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Warps Completed While On The Run


While trying to sell a house along with traveling out of state to look for and purchase a new house I did manage to get two warps woven.  This 8 yard warp of cotlin I call the "Scottish Heather Series" of towels it was a joy to weave.  Seven towels are complete and ready for my Etsy shop's reopening in April.



My camera has difficulty with the bright fiesta oranges, pinks and reds - the picture is a bit off.  This colorful 12 yard cotlin warp yielded 11 finished rainbow block towels.  They too will be posted in my Etsy shop in April.

Whew, two warps completed while on the run and I have a few more days to try and get a small warp on one of the looms before the moving company arrives to pack us out.

Speaking of looms, I am the very proud owner of a B5 Macomber - she has 4 harnesses with room for 6 more.   I have long wanted a Macomber loom and I am just delighted to have finally found one to call my own.  No worries, fellow weavers she is a keeper - I won't be selling her off to the highest bidder.  Did I mention I love her - I LOVE HER!  


Need to get back to the loom.

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Return of a Favorite Draft


With the new year came an idea to return to an old favorite weaving draft.   This version is woven with some periwinkle blue and a nice lavender stripe.


Same draft woven with cream and light steel gray cotlin yarns.


Red, my favorite color - except for cobalt blue which is my second favorite.  How can I go wrong, Blue Willow dishes in cobalt blue sitting on top of a nice red cotlin towel.  


My newest little project, pure beeswax thread waxers.  Made 7 of this type of thread conditioner - they are listed in my Etsy shop if you are interested.  Weavers can also make use of these waxers - try waxing your floating selvages they will be much stronger and less apt to break.

Need to get back to the loom.

Happy Weaving!

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