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!

Please visit my  Etsy shop  --  Thistle Rose Weaving by clicking here -

14 comments:

  1. I just saw one for sale....pricey but exactly what you are looking for........I think it was on FB ....All Fiber and Equipment Page. And I hear you.......weave what makes you happy.

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    1. Thank you for the heads up Hillary, unfortunately the price tag is a bit rich for me. Rats!

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  2. yes, it is on All Fiber Equipment.....Glimåkra 60" Countermarche with single-unit/50 Shaft combo draw attachment

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  3. So, glad you're going to weave what tugs on your heart. I hope when you get that drawloom and are weaving you'll post pix here to show it off.

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    1. When I can find a draw loom that I can afford I will of course post pictures ;-)

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  4. Probably the same one..listed on the Glimakra used loom page one in AZ. How does it work out $ wise to go a Oxaback with a draw unit? About the same? Jack sends his kisses BTW.

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    1. The Oxaback Lilla with the draw unit attached will fit both my studio space and pocket book much better than any other unit on the market. Now, the long and arduous journey of saving enough of my Etsy earnings to actually buy the loom.

      Tell Jack, I appreciate his kisses.

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    2. Oh and here is one in WA state. Road trip??? I know where you can stay along the way.
      https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/art/6136556974.html

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  5. Those towels are really swell. Happy colors!

    Yes, life is too short to weave what we 'think' other people will want to buy.

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  6. I would think with your weaving experience, learning the drawloom should be a breeze. I really enjoy mine, but with limited time for any weaving, it's a long learning curve for me.
    Good luck on the hunt!

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    1. Hi Karen, I have long admired your drawloom and love to see what you weave with it. Looking forward to the hunt!

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  7. Ever Forward!! Follow your heart, my friend.

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  8. New horizons indeed. How exciting! Bon voyage...

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  9. This sounds like an exciting next step! Wishing you the best and looking forward to updates.

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