Linen scarfs

I think I like them!

Now I’m working on a gray/ white warp….and a 10 dent reed…

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I have a lot of white linen from Heidi’s sale, so my dear  friend Gabe dyed some for me!

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I think I’m using the rose color next!   I am just thrilled with these colors!

And I’m also drinking a lot of coffee…

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First project of 2017!

I finished my yellow towels!

I’m going to sew them later on….I wanted to dive in and start something else.. first I spent a bunch of time playing with colors for a new set of towels…I kinda like this

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Who wouldn’t like that…it’s almost every color thrown down…but then I had another cup of coffee and cruised thru Pinterest ( which if you don’t already regularly do this, please don’t start..honestly it’s the biggest time warp you can fall into.).  But, I saw something….and it gave me an idea…

It’s only 75 threads..honestly…a really quick warp to put on…

 

I’m using some linen yarn I bought from Heidi’s estate.  The 20/2 blue is a lot thinner than the 12/2 green, but I liked the colors together so I guess I will see how this goes!  I put on a nine yard warp for 3 summery scarfs.

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Happy New Year!!!

January 1, 2017…Grand Rapids Michigan

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Or maybe I should say HOPPY New Year!!

Happy New Years everyone!  I got up at 6:30… which is late for me…let the dog out, drank two cups of coffee…and started weaving on my windowpane towels.  I think I can finish that warp today.  I’ve been soaking my bobbins so the linen is more flexible in the weft.

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I’m including a picture of the back of my loom which is a terrible mess!  Every other thread of the warp is of old white cotton that I think I got off of eBay last year and it’s not strong enough so I have had broken thread after broken thread…and then my cat Angel sits down and begins to bat at everything I have hanging…I don’t blame her, I want to bat at them too.

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The warp is yellow and white cotton, and the weft has been varying colors of linen.  I thought orange and red linen would look good, but not really, it’s better with pastel greens and blues so that’s what I’m doing.  Regardless of the broken threads I think the towels will come out just fine!

I’m not sure what my next project is going to be… I’ve planned two…one is a twill scarf with a dyed warp of lime, gold and purple…but it’s a bit cold to dye anything in my unheated garage..and the other is to use up my remaining Zephyr Jaggerspun and make more möbius cowls like this one.

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I also need to devise a project for my grab bag from Heidi Huntly’s studio.  Heidi, I understand, was an accomplished weaver and spinner who lived in Muskegon Michigan.  Tragically, she now has Alzheimer’s and can no longer weave.  Her generous husband gave her entire weaving studio contents to my guild, the Woodland Weavers and Spinners guild.   The Guild had a huge sale to sell off the majority of her yarn, looms, and spinning wheels, but a few items were left over.  Those items were devided into about 25 grab bags with the stipulation that you must do something with the contents by our February meeting.  Here are the contents of my bag:

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Yellow boucleish cotton, handspun cotton, bobbins with cotton thread, empty tapestry bobbins, a basic shuttle, a book on the Ming dynasty’s textiles, and a Historic Preservation magazine.  So we will see what I come up with.

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Hopefully I will have a full run of towels cut off the loom tomorrow!

I wish everyone a wonderful new year!

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Now I have pictures!

And jacob is showing me how to store a draft so he can add pictures before I post so people who are following me don’t get an email with all my pictures missing….like I said, REALLY nice to have in house IT.

So this is where I am..

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And it’s always good to peek underneath to see if everything looks good on the opposite side.

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I’ll post again when I get a more vibrant color combination.

 

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I think I’ve got it!

The last you heard from me, I was going to cut my warp

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And redo my heddles in a point twill..1123456787654321234….  like that…

And do more of my yellow towels…but then I talked to a good friend who strongly, but gently, but strongly….honestly…told me to not do those tiny little prints, do something bold!  So I mentioned the conversation to NB, who also agreed….so there I was yesterday morning, pulling everything out of the heddles AGAIN and deciding, once again, on  what to do with 630 threads.

If you are a weaver, reading this, I’m sure that you too have done this..it’s a pretty warp, good yarn, I just don’t want to waste it, and I hate hate hate weaving something I don’t like.

So, now this is what I’m weaving!

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I’m going to use up these bobbins to make a blue towel and then a green yellow. And then I think I’m going to transition to orange and reds.  But my warp is nice and firm, and these will be quick to weave!

Aren’t these bobbin holders nice?  I have a bunch…first I tried to make one my self….

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Then NB had a client thing at our house and someone’s husband was looking at my loom…cause it’s a wood machine…and then brought me the beautiful checkerboard ones.

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When he saw that I popped one up on the castle of my loom, he took out his tape measure and brought me another one with a higher base so I could reach it easier.  What a guy!

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Then I showed a guild member my handy bobbin holders, she borrowed one to show her husband, and he made me the pretty cherry one.

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I use them everywhere!  I keep my original one with the screws by my bobbin winder, another on my castle, one on my side table and one in my yarn room.  Truly useful!

It’s 6 am in Grand Rapids on a Sunday morning .  I’m going to post this, and when my son wakes up he will add the pictures, cause I truly do not know how to.  That’s why you have kids…so you can have an IT person in-house.

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12 days till Christmas…oh no!

Wow, two weekends of sales has kinda set me back, but I almost have my shopping and my wrapping done so the end is near!  Tomorrow I’m baking cookies for a cookie exchange and making chicken tortilla soup for dinner…but it’s 4:54 pm on a Tuesday and I have no idea what I’m doing for tonight….
I do, however know what I’m doing to that travesty on my loom…I’m putting in my sticks to get my cross back, cutting that stupid thing off and resleying the whole darn mess!  I really liked these towels

See how it’s one pattern on one side, and a coordinating pattern on the other…so I hope I can find my draft!  Anyway, that’s my game plan.  I’m going to do some more of that towel and again use that beautiful blue linen that I got from hacylon last year…it was a one off color that is unevenly dyed, but was a fantastic value and it makes a lovely towel…I really like linen.  I like how hard and firm it feels and I love the intensity of color.

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Isn’t that a pretty color?

The other thing that I spent the afternoon doing was working with Jacob  to set up my Square shop!  Who hoo!  So now, if you look under the rotating gallery of projects, you can click on my “square shop” and it will bring you to my store and what I have available!  Isn’t that cool?    Thank  you jacob!

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Ugh!

Maaannn….I do not like these towels…I think I have a dog on the loom!   I really don’t know what I was thinking…this warp is set at 30 ends per inch, my pattern repeats every 8 shots, it’s minuscule!  Doesn’t show up and is truly boring…as tedious as the drive from Urbana Illinois to Springfield…the same drive that NB and I had to turnaround from after 45 minutes because we just couldn’t bear the flatness and sameness of never ending corn and soy fields…yes, that tedious!

So then I tried this…

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And then this…

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Still don’t like it, don’t know what I’m going to do, so I think I will tag some stuff for my two winter sales.  Artmakers is this Saturday, December 3 and the Woodland weavers guild sale is the following Friday and Saturday.
I have some towels I like….

And hats…

And lovely scarfs…

I will continue to ponder the yellow warp…ugh!

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Another warp!

I spent the last two days running down to see Hannah at Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio.  It was so pretty driving home yesterday. Mi left around 8 am and there was a misty fog over rolling farmland as I drove on country farm roads before I got to the highway.  I passed an Amish horse and buggy going the opposite direction.  The driver was a Grandpa with a gray beard down to his waist..I wish I had a picture of him, but I was driving and that’s not allowed anyway.

I finished my Chicago sunset towels…9 towels and a bread cloth…which is a nice name for a short towel…

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I’ve been pondering what to do next.. I like crisp white and blue towels, but you can buy those at every store in town and I have some natural cotton and 2.5 cones of really bright cotolin that I bought when Webs was discontinuing their cooling. So this is what I came up with…I’m going to wind a mixed warp of one strand of natural and one of bright yellow.

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I will wind the warp in three bouts.  The center bout will use my small cone of louet natural 8/2 cotton and the bright yellow cottolin.  Then I will wind the two sides with my larger cone of 8/2 natural cotton and yellow cottolin.  I think that will be better than yellow stripes and white stripes because the cottolin, even tho it is also an 8/2 weight is actually thicker than either of the natural cottons.  The natural cotton will also soften the harshness of this particular yellow.  At least, I think it will!

 

That’s where I am at at 6 am this morning…more later!

 

I’ll show you when I’ve got these sewn!

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This is what I’m working on / Memories

When I was young, I used to get to fly down to Oregon City to visit my Grandparents.  I loved to go Oregon!  I was most often coming straight from Cooper’s Landing, Alaska where I had spent the summer with no running water, no electricity and a pretty rustic outhouse, so my Oregon Grandparents house seemed like s mansion as large as the Governors Mansion in Juneau.  They did have a very grand house on the edge of a cliff overlooking old downtown Oregon city and the river.

My  Grandmother was a weaver, she had a huge loom..( as I remember) and then a small 20 inch wide floor loom.  She would often have a little project on the small loom so I could weave and Sometimes she would have me help her thread the heddles of her big loom…I know at least one time I totally messed everything up..sorry About that Grandma!  That room was fascinating!  It not only overlooked the river, with an occasional train going by way below, but it was filled with nifty tools: ball wonders, bobbin winders, an electric cone winder, shuttles, and yarn.

Years later, after Grandmother was no longer weaving, and I was married with two small babies and living in Grand Rapids Michigan, my Aunt called and asked if I would like Grandmothers small floor loom…I was thrilled!  it’s a 20 inch, 4 harness Norwood made out of cherry…and it was made in Michigan!

I took a couple of weaving classes from the shop in Rockford, but I found it just too hard to try to learn to weave with toddlers running around…so I learned to spin yarn instead, and spent most of my time knitting and spinning, which kept me pretty busy but that loom kept calling me so for the past 5 years I’ve been trying to weave.  I feel like I came 30 years late to the game, but maaan. I’ve been having fun!

I set lots of goals for myself…and sometimes I totally fail, but then I usually learn something too!

I hope you enjoy seeing what I am up to!
November 2016….towel month!

Goal: 3 warps, 24 towels…..hmmm.  Going to be a stretch….

These are my current towels, the yarn is 10/2 cotton from Webs and I had all of it in my stash.   My original plan was an orange and purple warp, but as I was winding I realized I didn’t have enough orange…so I added the magenta, a serendipitous improvement!   My weft has varied from 10/2 cotton, cottolin, and 8/2 cotton…all shades of red from magenta to tomato orange.  I love them!  It’s like a burst of fire when I walk down the stairs and see my loom!img_2228

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