It has been a week since the end of Spin-Together, while I had a lot of fun I am pleased to note that despite there being no deadline my spinning is still progressing. Thanks to Long Thread Media allowing the older editions of their three publications, Spin-Off, Piecework, and Handwoven to be available to all subscribers using their app I have been enjoying looking through old issues. While my current obsession is spinning, I am also planning on warping my loom for a Weave Along. Warp and Weave is having a Discover Color weave along where we are weaving Mug Rugs. I purchased the kit they recommended from Lunatic Fringe using the money I saved with the Ibotta app.
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Back to spinning. Since this is my current obsession I’ve spent some time going back through past issues of Spin-off magazine and one article from Spring 2002 “Weaving with Singles” By Holly Schaltz inspired me to take the sparkly yarn I was spinning as a single to ply and turn it into a singles that I can weave with. The sparkle is such that I felt it would be fighting with another ply for color attention. I hope to weave it on a loom so that I can make a bag or pouch from it. I have also been doing alternative crafts.
I managed to upcycle a pet bed from two old shirts and some foam. This project cost me $5 and two hours. When compared to the price of similar pet beds, this is well worth the effort. I have also been decorating my public library with spider webs made from corriedale wool. I intend to gather the wool and spin a yarn when the season is over, until then they are eco friendly especially compared to the synthetic webs my boss was going to buy.
I love how crafting tends to insert itself into every facet of my life. There is always something useful I can create. While I have given in a little bit and wound up creating some of what I call “Garbage Crafts”, I am also ensuring that there are creative projects for people of all skill/creativity levels. I also throw them out the moment I am done with them ensuring that they are not hanging around my house.
It has been a while since I have had time to craft and therefor post about crafting. Life does take funny turns, good and bad often intertwining until you are not certain which way to look. I have completed my second piece on my rigid heddle loom, but have no pictures yet. It was an experiment in selvedges, beating, and color. I have not had an opportunity to wash the piece so once it is finished by washing and drying I will declare it a success or failure, probably a scarf really!
The bad, mom is going to need surgery and they consider her a high risk candidate. We will do everything we can to keep her as long as she retains a good quality of life. Prayer is about all that will help. The good is a student going to the community college I work at had a large metal Jack Floor Loom she was not certain of what she was going to do with. Upon hearing of my interest in weaving she offered me that loom in addition to a rigid heddle loom. The rigid heddle loom is beautiful it needed a front apron bar and probably a new heddle. I am very excited to have received this loom. I am in awe of my floor loom. I will confess, I am very dismayed at the state. It could be a lot worse and there is a basic frame to work with but it needs a lot of work before I would consider putting my clean yarn on it. Especially if you consider how long it takes to warp a loom, there is no point in warping on a dirty loom.
It was a physical therapy loom created by the G.E. Miller Inc. company out of Yonkers, NY. They are still in existence today though I do not think they make looms any longer (I plan on calling or e-mailing to find out). Here are a few shots of what my loom looks like now, I meant to get some of it assembled but I was so excited to get started I forgot and had disassembled the heddles before I remembered. You can see the loom, the paint is rustier in person; the heddle frames. The heddles and their rusted shafts in a bucket with my work gloves, and the identifier sticker on the reed frame. It looks good in the pictures and fortunately the basic structure is sound. I look forward to getting it in perfect order again though it will take a ton of work.
I just got my Center-Pull Ball Winder today! It works amazingly well. Alright, so I’m using a paper towel holder to hold my ‘bobbins’ of toilet paper rolls to create a center-pull ball with my newly created yarn. I absolutely love this new bobbin winder, it works so beautifully quickly and creates gorgeous center pull balls. I am so very happy with my new winder, and am looking forward to years of happy use.
Finally a fiber I can Identify! While looking for some magnets for a project of my mother’s I found some old silk ‘hankies’ I had purchased to spin. It was a blast spinning these yellow/gold ones into threads and after they have rested I look forward to plying them. Yes, I’m still working with Toilet paper roll centers. they work really well! Okay, so I don’t have a Lazy Kate either, I managed to ply a 2 ply yarn without it, so I hope this goes well!
These are the results of my first spinning attempts. I used a bottom whorl drop spindle and any fiber I could get my hands on, so please don’t ask what they are, I don’t know. Yes, those are ‘up-cycled’ toilet paper roll centers. I haven’t gotten around to buying a niddy-noddy or bobbins. The thread/yarn was produced between 2012 and 2014.