Yesterday, 23 Feb 2017, I had the privilege of going to a Seattle Weavers Guild meeting in Seattle. Wow! I was wowed by the amount of people attending; by the beautifully woven garments worn by attendees; the “Hot of the Loom” show and tell on display and discussed; the friendly people I met and the program. The Speaker was Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles and she was very, very good. She dyes her warps and weaves the most colorful pieces I have ever seen.
I have waited for a year to begin getting involved with different groups here in the area that I live in. I didn’t wait to find a yarn store! I go to an awesome yarn store in Edmonds, WA called, “All Wound Up”. It is run by a mother-daughter dynamic duo that aim to please and educate. It has the nicest yarn, best prices and sweetest people ever. I spend at least a couple of days a week there knitting and chatting with the friendly customers and staff, oh, and petting the yarn!
My trek to the Seattle Weavers Guild was so wonderful. I had been reading their web site and meeting individuals that are members off and on for the last year, while we got settled into our life in the PNW. So, I finally had the 4th Thursday of the month free from other appointments and drove to Seattle for the whole day. The meeting hall is huge and was filled with people and beauty and color!
I met so many wonderully nice people, especially ones that wanted to help you get going forward in your weaving. Or Spinning. I met a lot of Spinners too! Fun place.
I mailed my SWG application for Membership today and hope by March I will have an offical “nametag” and be a “real” member, not just a virtual one!
Finally got the warp straightened out on the Macomber. It was threaded wrong for the first towel and I was too anxious to weave to fix it. Dumb. So I did the heddle/harness thing described in the last post and now it is ready to go.
I decided that I needed desperately to re-thread my towel warp on the Macomber. I looked at the first 20 heddles and saw 3 mistakes, in the middle of these 20. Then I looked at the next 20 heddles and saw many more mistakes, in the middle! Why couldn’t they all be on one end or the other? I know, learning curve. So, I took a very close look at my threading. Ugh. There were heddles turned the wrong way in the row, so that the warp thread was twisty looking. There were already serious tension problems that I needed to fix, so I decided that I had better un-do all the threading and re-thread this warp. After I un-threaded (this is kind of like un-sewing, or un-knitting) all the warp threads I thought now is the time to make sure that all the heddles face the same direction. Dumb idea. I mean, I only had a few hours of time today to do this because I work tomorrow but I started out anyway. Hmmm, there are little brass brads that hold the long, flat metal pieces onto the harness. Onto these flat metal pieces are attached the heddles. Well, most of the heddles were attached, I noticed that there were many un-attached (this is NOT like un-threading, entirely different). So, I un-bent the ends of the brads and removed the heddles and their flat pieces from the harness. On the first harness I pulled all of the heddles off the flat pieces DUMB! Don’t ever do that! It took me an hour to get all the heddles to line up properly and slid onto the flat pieces. Then I had to put them back into their clips on the harness and re-attach the brads. My fingers are sore. Fortunately for me, I was able to get 4 out of the 8 harnesses done before I had to go to the grocery store and get supper. After supper I tackled the rest of the heddles. Thankfully I only have 8 harnesses full of heddles. I just finished getting all the heddles lined up so all the eyes face the same direction, cleaned the harnesses and the slots they travel in, and replaced all the heddles into their proper harness – it is 10pm. Ugh. BUT now, when I re-thread my warp all the heddles will face the same way and hopefully I will thread it correctly this time. Maybe I am too old for this learning curve stuff, maybe a learning nap?
Here are photos of what I was working on:
Heddles on their flat pieces from two harnesses
The harness from the back side of the loom
The Brass Brad (they kept falling on the floor)
The hole where the brass brad goes to hold the flat piece full of heddles onto the harness
The Brad inserted
The Brad fastened (or bent)
Another view of the bending of the brad.
Finally! all put back together, now the re-threading begins so the next towel won't be full of mistakes!!
I finally got a whole day in my studio last week to “work”. I enjoyed myself thoroughly even though I began many things and didn’t finish anything!!
I carded some lovely Wensleydale wool:
Then I warped the rigid heddle loom with some hand-spun warp and weft:
I finished warping the Macomber a few days ago so it now looks nice and neat, even though I found some threading mistakes that must be fixed. Oh well, part of my “learning curve”!!
I had also finished spinning some lovely blended wool and silk from C.R. Yarn and had it on the little kniddy knoddy waiting to be washed:
I have spun up some lovely roving from Castle Fibers featured at C.R. Yarn into some interesting yarn. I have it for sale at the shop. So my next spinning project is more of the lovely roving.
I did get my twill samples done. I decided that I wanted to weave a real project now so took the samples off the loom. I have the loom ready to do a scarf. Here are photos of the samples.
I have wanted to weave for many years. I used to want a huge loom that filled up a large room. I wanted to make rugs and blankets and clothes and then I got realistic! I live in a small Townhouse with a small extra bedroom that is now my studio. I love my portable Mac floor loom, and today I finished warping her.
Here is the practice weft:
Here is the twill being formed:
AND HERE IS THE TWILL!!! I DID IT I FINALLY DID IT!!
Well, today has been a busy day for my loom! The two of us spent quite a bit of time together this afternoon getting ready to weave a twill pattern. Ever since I began weaving on my Rigid Heddle loom I wanted to do Twill. I could never get it to work right. Then when I took a basket class at the Fair this year I learned how to do twill with basket reed. So, I warped my loom today to do a twill pattern, hopefully that is what I will come up with. This is a total experiment to see how to do this and my sample warp is not too wide and kinda long, so I can do lots of patterns and practicing.