Monday, March 12, 2018

Iridescence In Cottolin

I have returned to weaving and am playing with iridescence using my large stash of cottolin yarns.  So far I have woven 5 napkins with various weft colors trying to find that perfect combination of hue, tone and color saturation to make these napkins glow with iridescent color play.

Like this particular hot pink yarn - it seems to fit the bill nicely.

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Time Moves On

A beautiful Irish Cross to honor my Mother, M. Marjorie Ellis who passed away quietly last week. 

Rest peacefully in the arms of the angels Mom.

My Mother's Grandmother, M. Rary came from County Cork, Ireland as did many others of our family.

Friday, February 16, 2018

By George, I Think She's Got It

I am almost done weaving a 10 yard warp of napkins on my new-to-me Ideal and I feel like I have finally found the perfect Glimakra countermarch loom for me.  

After owning two really lovely large Standards and selling both of them because no matter what I did my back gave me fits while weaving on them.  I believe it was the height of the breast beam that was driving my back crazy.  I tried different benches, lowering the treadles, raising the treadles, you name it I tried it and it was all to no avail.  Sold both looms and cried each time one of them left the studio to go to another weaver.

Well, by George I really think I finally found the perfect fit.  The Ideal's lower breast beam makes all the difference, I can weave in comfort.

So far the only thing that I really miss about the bigger Standards is the "door way" to access tie ups.  

Wondering if there is some way to tie up the lams that is easier?  I have no problem with tying up the treadles.  Reaching the lams is a pain in the butt!  Trying to think of way to tie them up top side instead of under the lamm.  I will work on that idea on the next warp.

Happy Dance, the Ideal really is a gem.  Glimakra really should bring this loom back to the market.  Just sayin'

Pay no attention to the mess under the loom, lets just say there are a lot of cords and misc. tie up stuff to put away when I am done weaving.  In case you are wondering the purple brick thing is for doing Yoga which means it never gets used around here.  Instead, I use the Yoga brick to rest my left foot on while I weave, works so much better than the built in foot rest.

Partial view of the napkin warp in progress.

Happy Weaving!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sarah's Band Loom

My sweet sister, Sarah sent me an older Glimakra Band loom to add to my loom herd. The loom is in fantastic shape and has a lovely patina.
I noticed that the shafts move via a chain instead of texsolv and that the over all loom is much more sturdy and much heavier than the newer versions of this loom.
The loom came with linen hand-tied heddles which I washed.  Waiting for the heddles to dry so I can set the loom up and weave up a hanging loop/band to use on my handwoven towels.
On one of the legs there is a stamp that says KA3 - wonder if that is a model number? The Glimakra stamp is impressed into the wood on the front cross member.
I was wondering if anyone knew how old this beauty is, JoAnn Hall came to my rescue to let me know that the loom was circa 1972.
Isn't it great when an unexpected loom comes to live and work in your studio.  I feel lucky to add this beauty to my loom herd. 

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wild Scottish Heather

I like to think these twill towels remind me of fields of heather growing wild and free on the Moors of Scotland.  So romantic to think about....

In reality these towels were woven as a custom order for a repeat Etsy client.  Lots of work - I am crossing my fingers the lady actually likes them.

Now that this warp is off my Gilmore loom I have time to play with my new-to-me Glimakra Ideal.  Poor Swede, he has been waiting patiently for his turn to weave with me.

Happy Weaving!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Different Sort of Loom Lace

Had a blast adapting a star weaving draft I found on Ravelry Warped Weavers forum.  I used my draft to create a few towels of various shades of cotlin yarns.  Lots of fun!

Happy Weaving!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

One More Step Closer

One more step closer to weaving on Swede with the addition of brand new texsolv heddles installed and waiting to be threaded.

Just finished putting brand new lam tie ups and heavy beam cords on the loom.  I love to see nice white cordage on my loom.

As you can see my supervisors are once again asleep on the job.  You might notice that Jack thinks he is a cat and sleeps on top of the couch.  Thank goodness company doesn't see this old couch, it has seen better days.   I have to say the old couch is great for an afternoon nap in my studio.

I sure wish I could sleep this deeply.  Good boy, Jack.

Happy Weaving!
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Secret Messages On My Loom

I am back at the loom weaving some towels for Valentine's Day.  If you squint just right you might be able to see the hidden X's and O's in the black design elements.   Hugs, kisses and hearts - we all need more of them in our lives - don't you agree?

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Thistle Rose Weaving Studio Loom Review - 2018

Meg, one of my fellow weavers starts off her year with a run down of the looms in her studio on New Year's day.  What a great idea!

The newest addition to the loom herd here in the studio.  Swede, a 100 cm Glimakra Ideal Loom.  Swede is waiting for brand new heddles and tie up cords to arrive so he can get down to business.

Beth, named in honor of a good weaving friend who happens to adore Macomber looms.  B5 40" Macomber Loom 8/10.  Updated Beth with 4 extra harness and treadles to make her into the 8/10 she is now.  Great loom to weave with - just wish shaft 4 would stop sticking!

Rose, the first loom I ever bought new and my go to loom.  Gilmore 36" 8/12.  I love to weave with Rose, we have grown our weaving skills together over the last 18 years.

WeeNut, bought for summer travels in our 5th wheel RV.  WeeNut is a Wolf Pup LT 8/10.  We have not woven much together yet and are getting used to each other.

Moose, a 22" - 12 shaft Mountain Table loom.  Great loom, he is for sale!

 As you can see the studio looks a bit crowded with 4 looms sitting in it - but, pictures can be deceiving.  Each loom has plenty of space around it to work and view the fireplace at the same time.

A little blue bird of happiness sits on each of the big floor looms in my studio.

I wish all my friends a very Happy New Year.  
May your warps be tangle free and the time you spend at your loom wonderful. 

Happy Weaving!

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