Anyway, three day weekend: I put a new warp on the inkle loom, and quickly fell in love with it. I used the pattern generator I mentioned last post, and it worked! Sixty-one threads is almost too much for this little loom, and I have to be careful advancing the warp, but I do love it!
I also went to Nashville to see my son. He's been doing a lot of chain stitch embroidery there, to order, as people wait. You can check out his stuff here: http://www.rangerstitch.com/gallery/
|Nashville's ugly skyline, with Batman in center|
Back at home on Monday, I needed a lot more treadle tie-ups than I had, so I went to Lowe's, and found this lovely pink cord. It was a little stiff to use for the tie-ups, but I persevered, and the under-side of the Colonial is very vibrant now. I'd take a picture, but the light in this studio is not good, especially at 6 in the morning. Suffice to say, I will be getting more cheerful hot pink cord for tying up the looms!
So far, I'm using the treadling sequence #370 in Carol Strickler's 8-shaft book, but the next one will be #369, the one that first caught my eye.
I've been surprised at all the possible tie-ups for this twill. I first chose one with gobs of tied shafts, needing 48 ties. Well, I ran out of pink cord, and didn't have enough old white ones, either, so I did some research, and even within Strickler's book, there are several, with the same threading. I think that's interesting, so many paths to the same road.
I'm enjoying watching the pattern develop, but I have to say, I had no idea that Jennifer, my Colonial, was so hard to treadle all 8 shafts. They're kind of far apart, and not that easy to depress on the outer shafts. I only wove about 4 inches yesterday, and worked up quite a sweat. I've only woven rugs on her so far, so hadn't much experience in using all 8 shafts, or going as fast, without shag to clip or rags to wind. It's not much different than dear Bertha at the Tuesday Weavers, with her sliding bench. I hear Bertha's had to be retired because she was just too much! She was a gym unto herself, that's for sure, and Jennifer isn't much difference. I'm sure with practice, and this warp is 8 yards, so there will be practice, that it will get easier.
Work has gotten easier, too, with an almost complete change of staff since I started. I lost four employees over the holidays, but they've all been replace by friendly, hard-working people, and I have high hopes for our future. We have our first kitchen meeting today, and we can all look forward together. Exciting!