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Weaving Interrupted

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  I've been busy this past week and a half with what has seemed like the warp from hell.  I was just beginning to thread it in the last blog.  Well, because the warp had been wound so long ago, and had been hauled around, pulled out, put back in boxes for so many years, it was a mess.  Some sections had lost the cross, some had slipped out of the choke ties... it was just ugly.  But I persevered, and got it on the loom in five days, with only two broken threads.  I made more mistakes threading than I care to relate, but got all of those fixed.  I started weaving--so excited!--and then, the brake wouldn't hold.  I took many pictures of the brake and sent it out into the universe asking if anyone knew where I could get parts for a 1978 Tools of the Trade.  All the Google searches came up with other people moaning about the lack of brake parts.  Uh-oh.  I had an offer from Pam Howard, Master Weaver Extraordinaire, to ask her blacksmithing husband to make a new one.  But a friend a

Momentary Spring

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It's a gorgeous day here in central Virginia, and Wiley and I will be out on a walk soon, but first, I thought I'd check in.  I've been weaving a little obsessively when I get time.  I've finished the mint green warp, with three shawls.  One went as a gift, but the other two are going into my "inventory."  Okay, they are actually all of my inventory.   But I did finish the first Ancient Rose scarf, in the pink and green colorway, and have started a new one I think is delicious.  The weft is some Egyptian cotton I bought in 2014 on the East Tennessee Yarn Crawl.  I don't remember which store, but a couple of months later, I found another skein--again, no recollection where--in a different but equally yummy color way. And that brings me to my newest warp, 8-shaft Huck lace.  I gave Tootsie a spa day, scrubbing her down with Murphy's wood soap, then a lavish coating of Harvey's Feed & Wax and a couple days of rest.  I pulled out an old warp from a

Another Friday

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  It's a gloomy Friday morning so far, but it's supposed to be sunny and 55 later.  In mid-winter, I'll take 55 and sunny!  Wiley and I will go for a ride and a walk later, but this morning, I've been weaving.   This past week, I finished the white and green towel warp.  I've really enjoyed the "walking" treadling:  1-4, 4, 3-4, 3, 2-3, 2, 1-2, 1.  But after 8 towels, I was ready for something new.  I've had a box of hand-dyed pink and green bobbins following me around for at least the last ten years, and I love Ancient Rose from the Davison book, so I wound an 8-inch warp of white bamboo, and teamed the bobbins with some 20/2 tencel for the tabby weft.  Of course I beaded the hem-stitching, but I tried once again to bead both sides.  It went a little askew, and I'll have to fix it when the scarf is done.  I'm not sure I'll do that again, or work to perfect the technique.  It would sure be easier to bead one side then go back and bead the o

First Friday

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  What a relief it was to read the newspaper this morning without worrying about what crazy new thing had been said/done overnight!  The poem of Wednesday sings through my head, colored by that brave woman's sunny coat, and the Bernie meme keeps making me laugh out loud.  So, having today off, I tidied the house and went to the studio, full of hope and looking forward to the future.     The hand-dyed warp on Tootsie is on the second scarf, the first having gone to Nashville.  I didn't take any final pictures, sadly, because I didn't want them posted before the gift was received.  Trust me when I say the drape was absolutely wonderful!  The colors were a bit...meh!  But neutral in a minty kind of way.    I didn't like the way the pattern looked so washed out with the 6-shaft overshot from Strickler, so I changed it after cutting the first one off, to Waldenweave from Bertha Gray Hayes, a pattern that I've been dying to try since my false start on the turned overshot

Good Weaving Weather

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  Is it fall yet where you are?  I keep reading on social media about people enjoying the new crispness in the air, and I'm envious.  It'll be in the 90's this week, though today is nice and cool and cloudy.  The heat has driven me into the studio, so I don't regret it, really.        I've been plugging along with the bamboo warp, and  enjoying the pattern.  I've beaded the hemstitching with some large seafoam green Czech beads.  It's my thing.  I love a li ttle bling, but I also like th e weight t he beads give to the end of scarves.   I had a slight problem at about the first 20 inches when one of the threads in the center broke.  It was one of my "walk away and close the door" moments.  The next day, I pulled out the stash of extra warp I had and repaired it.  This morning, two repeats of the pattern got the whole thing woven in, and I can't really see it.   The natural and olive towels are coming along, and I'm really enjoying the direc

Trapeze, Part Two

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  After I posted the blog about the front-to-back trapeze, and posted about it on facebook, I had a few people ask if it could be done back-to-front.  Since I swing both ways (is it me, or does b-t-f and f-t-b sound dirty to everyone?), and I had a naked loom, I tried it. This is a warp I hand-dyed several years ago at a Tuesday Weavers' dye day.  http://tuesday weavers.blogspot.com/    I really love the colors and the sheen of the bamboo.  But because bamboo can stick to itself a lot, I think if I warped by trapeze again with bamboo, and probably Tencel, I would stick with front to back.  Just using the raddle didn't give enough separation the way it would have if the threads had gone through the reed and heddles. There was a problem at the end, which I'm pretty sure was my fault.  The cross at the end of the warp made a big fat mess!  I couldn't save it, so I cut it off and grouped the threads in bunches of 24, the EPI I was going to use.  So far so good, and would ha

Trapeze Artist

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I've finally wanted to weave again, and I've done little else the last few days.  I had a warp wound for a couple of years for a project that never made it to the loom, and wanted to use it to make dish towels.  I needed some color, so I added some of Mom's olive green 8/2 to the organic 8/2 already wound, and interspersed stripes into the warp.  I wanted them to be big, so I added enough to make them about 26 inches, before shrinkage, 620 threads set at 24 EPI.  I think they'll probably be about 22-24 inches when they've been washed.  And I'll make them about 36 inches long.   I started threading on Tuesday, front to back, and finished on Saturday.  But I found myself dreading winding that big, fine warp alone!  I've been curious about Trapeze warping, and spent a lot of time watching videos on YouTube, reading blogs,cruising Google, trying to figure it out.  I didn't want to drill and cut and generally spend an entire day using power tools and making a