Monday, October 11, 2010

FINALLY

Well, finally back to it! The little Frieda loom is threaded up for bookmarks, and I got some work done on the scarf that's on the Baby Mac. I was thrilled to death to be able to "get out and get under" to replace one of those %^#@$$%^^ Macomber tie-up pins. You'd think that, after 70+ years of making looms, they'd come up with a better tie-up system. Well, everything else about them is so outstanding, I guess I shouldn't complain, but it IS annoying the way the fall off so often.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dressing looms


Got the warp made for the bookmarks and photoshopped a picture I want to use as a cartoon. The overturned boats are found on Lindesfarne while the sky behind them was copied and pasted from a picture of the harbour at Iona. TWO historic sites in one fell swoop! Guess I need to dedicate it to St. Columba (-:

Monday, September 6, 2010

long time, no see


Just not much to say after two months of being an "invalid." I have decided to warp up the small Northwest and make some more of the "cross" bookmarks for the kids and staff going on "Happening" in November. Maybe re=do the overshot one as well. There's plenty of time.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Weaving in the Mountains

I am doing a weekend workshop on basic tapestry with Joan Griffen, in Charlottesville, VA. SO glad I decided to do this. My tapestry-weaving was a long time ago and I did not learn it systematically, just picked things up on the fly. Add a certain degree of insecurity and I felt like I needed some instruction, so this is perfect. Joan is a terrific teacher and the class consists of four of us: two from Maryland and one from Texas, all fascinating folks, with, happily, weaving backgrounds, so "beginning weaver" instructions could be skipped and we could cut right to setting up the loom and doing basic techniques. Miss Daisy has been behaving like the well-brought-up young lady that she is, even being polite to the cats-in-residence!
http://www.joangriffintapestry.com/ Joan's studio website.

Friday, February 26, 2010

IT'S HERE!


The tapestry loom arrived yesterday, along with enough styrofoam "popcorn" to stuff a mattress.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

EX-terminate! EX-terminate


Herewith: a dalek (sort of) with "Kaynine" just below, being alarmed. If you watch "Doctor Who" you get it. I have been working my way through Alice Schlein's new book and this popped up when I switched a threading to a pointed draw. I think they're a hoot. I might actually weave this up for my "Doctor Who" fan friends! Of course, the lower image also has a huge resemblance to Wile E Coyote!

Monday, January 25, 2010

more shuttles!

Doing some in-depth tidying in the weaving shed, including the "unpacked" stuff that I just didn't bother with since I was moving, turned up THREE MORE AVL SHUTTLES! I keep pinching myself. I now own a total of six! SIX!!!! I think that, as I look back, that was the reason I had not completely unpacked the "large lot of weaving supplies" package..."Oh, I'm moving, so I'll just have to pack it all back up."
The other exciting stuff in there, long since "unearthed," since they were not wrapped up, but just tossed in, were a bunch of the mini-shuttles from Glimakra and Toika. These are the ones that take the paper bobbins and are mind-bogglingly useful on table looms.
Sometimes, you just luck out!
Just amazing. What a great start to the year!
And a PS. I bought two more "Easy Weavers" off ebay for the Art Camp programme. They were up for $18 each, and retail new for around $100, so I bought them. They arrived today and are BRAND-NEW, and still in the boxes!
This is a major run of luck, I think! Or blessings!!!!!!!