Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Super little publication

This is a self-published mag and is absolutely super.  HIGHLY-recommended.  I keep one or two "extras" of some issues around!  Whether you are an advanced or beginner weaver, she has a lot of great information in these mags!


from her "home page<: p="">
"Weaver’s Craft, a quarterly publication by former Handwoven editor Jean Scorgie, features well-designed projects with special emphasis on creative expression in color and design. The projects are for beginning and intermediate weavers on four- to eight-shaft table or floor looms, with most of the projects for four-shaft looms."

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A new deadline

Not too many details at present, but, invited to submit for a future issue of "a magazine"....trick is coming up with something original to do with stripes and tea towels.  What the heck has NOT been done with those ideas?  Oh well.  I've come up with some I like...then, went to try and print out the tiffs of the drafts I came up with so I can look over them all in one spot..took three hours to get the damned thing to print anything CLOSE to the actual colours....blue kept coming out ORANGE.
Well, onward...at least the yarns arrived.
If you do anything involving selling your stuff (or publishing it) you really do need to get sample books from your regular suppliers.  I get the WEBS book every two or three years.  In between brand new books, you can always order updated colour-cards from them with swatches of any new additions to their line.  The colours on the websites are close, but not all that accurate, and, when colour is the important part of the project, well, you need to see the actual stuff.
I also made myself my own little "inventory" book of what I have on-hand, which SORT OF helps.
All this did was show me that, even with almost every known example of yarn carried by WEBS, I, of course, DID NOT HAVE THE COLOURS I NEED FOR THIS ONE.  Even with the madness of the season, they shipped the three cones to me PRONTO.
I thought about using the natural cotton offered by Fox Fibres, but, this involves using yarns that are easily-sourced by any weaver, anywhere, and, for one of the colours, I would have had to commission dyeing, so, approximating the colours with readily-available yarns seems the way to go.
Oh well..I am going to make not only the samples for the submission, but a "set" that I can sell later.
Have to write a little historical background on the "tradition" I'm working in.
Intriguing, non?  Well, all will be revealed in the New Year..well, Spring...
For some reason, the "Keep" part got cropped out here. hmmmmmmm

Had a lovely surprise when I opened up, for the first time, the "duplicate copy" I have of "Keep Me Warm One Night."  I had had two of them and gave one to Lucinda Grisham after she took the time to adjust my big AVL!  It was so kind of her and a HUGE favour and I wanted to make her as happy as I got after she fixed all the settings and explained a few things for me.  Anyway, I had not looked at this one and, in the back, was a manila envelope containing a swatch from one of the "Cross-Country Weavers" swatch-exchange projects...using, of course "KMWON".  It is an "M's and O's" pattern (page 132 if you have the book) and is 40/2 linen sett at 64 ends per inch.  So delicate and exquisite.  I might frame the thing.
I have about four collections of "CCW" swatches and those folks did the most mind-boggling weaving!  VERY fine setts and virtuoso execution.  It's so inspiring.  I love having the swatches..it's like having a conversation with the weaver.
If you ever get a chance to get a copy of "KMWON" GRAB IT...no matter the price...mortgage your house, your car, tell your kids they are on their own for college tuition and GET IT.  It's a treasure.  Amazon has some running from around $70 to $158.  I see it listed on several other sites.
End of rants du jour.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Felting it

Well, time out for holiday gift-making and cooking!  I did a wonderful needle-felting workshop at Yarnhouse Studio in Opelika last month and just fell in love with it!  I like things I can do as "downtime" projects. As much as I enjoy some TV programmes, just sitting and watching leaves me rather "fidgety" so, having some knitting or something else portable is a real "save."  
Here is a "mousie" I made in the class...so tickled with it..and an "angry bird"...which, sadly, got captured and eviscerated by Teddy Dawg...need to fix him..the bird, not Teddy.  Note Cedric, who is "photobombing" the second pic.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Up from the "Luddite" and back into the 21st c again!

AHHHH, the "Little Weaver" is here.

Sol, adventures in weaving: hauled all the near-50 pounds of this "portable" loom into the workshop.  Got it unwrapped, downloaded and printed out the manual, plugged it in, connected the cable, turned it on, launched the software...NADA.
Well, supposedly it works from either a USB connection, which I had set up,  or WIFI...ok..try the wifi
Download and print out the NEXT set of manuals (happily, one download, at least)
OK....maybe it needs to be closer to the router...y'never know.  Load the nearly-50 pound OBJECT back into my garden wagon (how did I live before I got that wagon???)  Drag it back up to the house...while trying to manoeuvre the wagon onto the back-porch ramp, the wagon starts to turn over, headed for the POOL...I grab it just in time..SO, have to pick it up again...get the wagon onto the porch and put the nearly-50-pound THING back on there and into the study, where I have to set up another table...now, getting around in there is sort of like learning to tango.
I trash the whole project, rack up some online tv on the computer, then go back to listening to "12 Years a Slave" audiobook and playing with my jigsaw programme...did some really nice jigsaws.  BTW, recommend reading this book!  Yeah, I know, the movie is out there, but, this man's writing is wonderful.  This book is on the level of "Anne Frank" and should be MUST READING in our school system!!!!
Have tea...more jigsaw..have some supper
Make a REALLY strong, sweet cuppa tea and rev up the loom again, trying the USB connection again, with no hope.
BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!  Popped on right away!   WE HAVE LIFTOFF!!!
I really didn't want to use the WIFI, so, having it work directly off the USB cable is Effin' ACE!!!
NOW, I need to load it BACK on the wagon and take it BACK to the workshop, where I want it to "live"  (not stumbling over it, better light, etc...)  Good thing I just refilled my "big-ouch pills!"
The day I stop finding humour in these things, I need to "get a life"...seriously.
Early verdict..I think I'm going to love it.  I opened a .wif and went through about a hundred picks (no warp on there yet) and it's very smooth..no shafts "hanging up."   Not enough heddles provided...there are about 16 per shaft, so, ordered more from the "Yarn Barn" (one of my fav sources for equipment..very reasonable prices).  Can't wait to get a warp on there!!!
Just have to wait for more heddles :-(
I am sure that a call to AVL would solve the WIFI problem, but, as I say, I prefer running off the cable connection.
Nice video of the loom in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0rewViLpBU

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The "Luddite Special"

Well, thanks to Greg Bjelke for stopping by to help me unload the rather-heavy old sewing machine and get it set up in the weaving-shed.  If I can figure out how to get the bobbin working, it will be fun to use.   Pumping that treadle sure gives your legs and bum a great, aerobic workout!!!
Got to get some more scarves done.  I think it's time to thread up a few of the painted warps, although I'd like to do a super-long warp that I can make several on....hmmm, decisions, decisions...then, I want to do some yardage.  
In case I got behind on things, have bought an old "Wheeler and Wilson" treadle-operated machine off ebay.  It will "live" in the studio in place of one of my rather-valuable "Featheweight" machines.  I want to have the studio give any breaker-and-enterer a "WTF!!???" reaction and have nothing out there that is easy to steal except cheap, easily-replaceable items, like my really cheap printer, etc.  I have carefully-concealed the copper pipes leading to my on-demand hot water system.
Now to work my way through all the laundry that has piled up!  On a housekeeping note: time to start making up some bundles for Goodwill, the local library and EBAY!!!
Going to take some books and equipment to the "swap" at the next Fibre Guild.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

sometimes, you gotta back off...

Well, I have decided that this silk project is NOT going to be submitted.  It is just not coming out to my satisfaction and to GET IT THERE, will take more time than I actually have.  Bummer, since I love silk, but, perhaps choosing something less labour-intensive would have been wiser.
THAT SAID: there are bright sides...once finished, I will not only have a gorgeous new piece of clothing to wear...with some "bragging rights" imbedded in it, but, I can get back to my COE project.
I do plan to finish off the blouse/jacket before the weekend.
Sadly, the weather is going back to yucky-hot, so probably won't be wearing it OR my cotton sweater, which is just a few steps away from finishing, any time real soon.
I had originally planned on using the "shirt warp" for a baby blanket and had gotten the warp for that partially beamed, so I had to add warp on either side of that.  I added less yardage for the shirt, leaving me with the "middle portion" giving me about 3 or 4 yds...just wide enough for a nice scarf or two, so, am weaving up scarves with the leftovers.
So, all is NOT lost.
I'm looking at future-issue themes with an eye to coming up with something for those.
It bites to realise I won't be seeing my name in print for that one...LOL, but, better to know when you need to back off and re-think/re-do, than barrel ahead and do a so-so job.
En route, tho, I did learn a vast amount about sewing handwovens that I had forgotten.  Mostly, I think that Daryl Lancaster's excellent comment about weaving things with a somewhat denser sett for sewing is a good one.  Next time I do this, I will sett the warp more closely.  I DO want to churn out some yardage on 60/2 silk, which was my original conception on this, so, next time!!!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Luddites rejoice...

Well, I have scratched a long-time itch and bought a foot-powered old treadle machine.  If we ever experience a total failure of the power-grid, I CAN STILL SEW!!!  The seller is going to put the belt on for me, and says it's in great working-condition.  It reminds me of the old Singer I grew up with, which had been converted to a motor.  I am no stranger to the old "bullet" bobbins.  Can't wait to play with it!

Plus, it's a beautiful piece of furniture.  I am thinking of parking it out in the studio.  I can't see anybody breaking in there trying to steal it, unlike my beloved little Featherweight.  I try to keep stuff out there that is either too weird for anybody to want to steal (like looms) or under $100 so it wouldn't be too hard to replace.



AND THE USER MANUAL...this is such a great find!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

COE on "hold"

Well, so much for a quick start.  I have a deadline-type project, so need to spend the next six weeks doing nothing but that.  It'll be worth it, tho.  Also scratching a long itch and getting the studio knocked into shape.  I keep looking at the picture I used for the "banner" on my "Selma Handwovens" FB page and sighing, remembering how neat and uncluttered it USED to be.  SOOO, thanks to Miss Liz, in her "studio elf incarnation," things are getting sorted out, thrown out, found, moved and generally tightened-up!

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Just thought I'd do a look back, since I don't think I mentioned the "Handwoven" article before.  AND we all need to toot our own horns sometimes.
I've been published three times so far...Birmingham's "Portico" magazine in a piece called "Lost Arts"  (SERIOUSLY????)

and Syne Mitchell's brilliant online mag:


And most recently, the May-June 2011 "Handwoven" magazine...more taqueté work.  I'm working on a submission for some upcoming 'Handwovens"  It's kind of a challenge to work on something for 'only" eight shafts.  They haven't had a "theme" that grabbed me, but some upcoming issues look good.  If you publish with them once, they send you the projected themes for the upcoming year or so.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Another goodie on Google books


another antique "ladies'" mag!

The Delineator

Several years ago, I shared digs in Brooklyn with a budding costume/hair designer.  She introduced me to "The Delineator" magazine, which was published by Butterick Patterns from the late 19th century  thru the thirties.  A Googlebooks version


even has an article about Ebenezer Butterick himself.

But what caught my eye after downloading and saving this, was that my grandmother Lea, who was a fabulously-gifted needlewoman, and known for her exquisite crochet, probably read this same issue!  She would have had a subscription, I'm sure.  It's given me kind of a kick in the butt to try one of the lace patterns in the issue there.

It should only take me about a year.....if I get lucky and really stick to it.  LOL

Monday, May 20, 2013

Dead in the Water and doggie caca

Well, actually, quite busy, but, not with weaving.  Hitting the road tomorrow for a few days in Florida...heads up to the pet-sitter: enjoy the satellite tv etc.   Make yourself at home!
I did order some more reference materials.  This means that, shortly, a bunch of my older and duplicate items will appear either on ebay or a "heads-up" note on weaving sites I visit.
Cats have a brand-new, fancy-schmanzy litter-box, and some "gourmet" grain-free foods.  Karlie seems to be thriving on the grain-free regimen.
SOOOO, a whole lotta knitting will be going on this week, while visiting.  Got my summer tunic jumper to finish.  Have put away the "Noro Ayatori" sweater since I realised that Summer had arrived ahead of my flying fingers, but just the sleeves to do.  When I get a whiff of Autumn in the air, will pull that out again, along with the cardigan that lacks a button-band and get back to the warm-cozies.  As it is, I should have concentrated on the Summer jumper.
Oh well, picked up light tees at Wallyworld.
Packing snacks for the road, as well as "real food."  Strafed "Earthfare" yesterday for healthy stuff and am going to turn out some deviled eggs for my lunch-stop.  Also packing doggie treats for my road-buddies, Daisy and Howie...also got them new name-tags.  The rest will be "sat," so they can drive somebody else nuts for a few days.  Thankfully, the sitters don't mind cleaning up the "fallout." When "Mom" gets back, we are going to retry crate-training.  I've had about all I can take.  Why Teddy and Daisy have it figured out, and the others don't, is beyond me.  Cedric is sort of hit-and-miss.  Whenever he gets himself off the bed and outside, I praise him extravagantly.  Dogs respond better to positive than negative, altho "no-no" gets through to them.  Teddy has gotten SOOO good at "bring it" and "Drop it!"  Again, extravagent praise.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Laura goes to London

If you go to London, you HAVE to go HERE
From Laura Fry, currently having a wonderful time in the UK!!


Friday, May 10, 2013

Slowing down and looking deeply

I've decided to go after the Handweaver's Guild of America's "Certificate of Excellence."    It sounds like a fun idea, but, as I thought about it,  I kind of look forward to the chance it will offer to slow down and look deeply at what I do, think about it, and stretch out a little bit, creatively.  I've been stuck in a rut, I think, and with all this "ammo" I have around here in terms of tools, I really have no business doing that.  SOOO, having a good look at the bibliography in the materials they sent and checking out what I already have, which is just about everything.
"Interweave Press" have been issuing all the back issues of "Handwoven" as collections and individual digital issues.  So far they are 'back" to 1996 and "up" to 2010.  It's very convenient,as one thing I like to do is to be able to cut out and keep articles by technique. This meant cutting up my mags and didn't want to do that, but, with the digital items, I can print out whatever I want and keep it, either as pdf's or hard copies.

Pursuant to pursuing the pursuit of the COE...I want my studio back to looking like the banner picture on my "Selma Handwovens" FB page.  Gotta de-clutter.

Tomorrow looks to be a rainy day, making it a perfect day to be stuck-in out there and getting things done.

Friday, April 12, 2013

gnashing of teeth

My new table-dobby loom is due any day now, and I am fairly chomping at the bit.  Can't wait to get it set up, dressed and weaving on it.
the little guy in action

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mason Warper

After paying 'way too much for this thing, it is MINE.  I've been looking for one of these for a LONG time, so, decided, "what the heck" and did the "buy it now."  It's specifically for reloading Structo spools.  Next trick, figure out how it works  LOL