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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