Weave by Sarah Resnick

This is a relatively new podcast, but they have been updating pretty frequently.  In this podcast Sarah tends to interview individuals involved in the weaving industry.  People like Rebecca Mezoff who is very involved in weaving and teaching how to weave tapestries, the creators of Mirrix Looms, and so many more.  This is a good podcast for people that are interested in the humans behind the products that they are investing in.  For example, Mirrix Looms grew out of one woman’s desire to have a tapestry loom that had easy sheds.  For more of that story you would need to listen to the interview.  This is a great way to learn more about this fiber community we are a part of.

On Vacation

Leno Lace

3/2 cotton woven using a combination of Leno Lace and Brooks Bouquet lace weaving.  The Leno Lace is with an open shed bringing the two bottom threads over the top threads and then I go around one more time so that the threads are in their starting positions but wrapped around each other.  I think that this gives the lace a cleaner look.  Then I do seven plain picks followed by a set of brooks bouquet, which is wrapping your weft thread around three of your warp threads on the up shed twice so that it forms a little bouquet, all the way across.  I have a different number of threads across so I have five in the final bundle, but I really like how it looks.  You can do the brooks bouquet in any combination you like.  I follow this with seven plain picks and repeat the brooks bouquet twice more before starting over with a Leno Lace.  This is the project pictured above.

I am currently on my first vacation in over ten years that does not involve a family reunion or major family obligation.  I love family reunions, but travel with mom is really difficult at this time.  I did go to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in the beginning of May which could also be considered a vacation, however I really consider this my first vacation.

So far I have gotten the kitchen scrubbed, the repairman came to look at the oven which has been broken for a while.  He will be back later this week with the right part to finish fixing the oven.  It’s been broken for a few years, so this is a big move!  I also managed to drop the car off at the garage, there was some major body damage because a little bit of the bottom of my driveway washed out so every time I exited the driveway I would bump the bottom of the car and it caused some major damage.  The car should be done by the end of the week and they will pick me up then.

I have been doing more then just getting caught up on major chores, though I am happy that I am getting more crafts hauled down into our new craft room, I have also washed the first back of alpaca seconds one of my spinning students gave to me.  I have learned a lot of great lessons from this.

* Do NOT wash a whole bag of alpaca seconds at once if you only have one sweater rack to lay this out to dry on.

* DO let the alpaca soak in the water for at least 30 minutes, do not run the alpaca through the water and call it washed, it isn’t.

*Do NOT set your fleece out underneath a tree that is shedding a ton of those whirly gig things.

* If you left your hand cards at work, this might not be the right time to wash fleece.

Despite these, hard won, lessons I have been having a ton of fun with this alpaca.  I Have my flick brush and the bee hive decappers that are working as wool combs.

There are two knitting projects I am working on as well as a crochet project but I think that will be separate posts when I am done with them or when I am so sick of them I need inspiration to get back to working on them.

So this is my vacation, I am trying to get some work done around the house and some crafting accomplished so that I can go back to work relaxed and re energized.  I just wanted to post this update, and will try and get back to updating next week.

Happy Crafting!

 

 

Have a Very Crafty New Year

Right now my New Year looks to be full of crafts.

Almost every week I will be teaching a craft class at my public library.  They will cover a wide variety of topics from spinning yarn, weaving, making bath bombs, and much more.  I am really looking forward to these Monday’s.

In addition to this, my mother has decided that I need to needle felt a nativity for next year.  I’ve tried to explain that I’ll have to do one animal a month or some similar method to that, she is adamant so assembling the fibers for this project is next.

This year, my crafting goals are a little different.  I hope to work on assembling a collection of types of spindles from around the world.  This should be a ton of fun, and I am really looking forward to discovering how to use all of these different spindles.  In addition to my spindle and spinning exploration (and my new felting projects) I hope to advance my weaving skills in the new year.  With the Nativity I am now going to felt, I was thinking about seeing if it is viable to weave the camel coverings in bright and beautiful colors.  I do not intend for this to be anything too fancy, but I do plan on making several variations and enjoying the process.

The first step in my new year of crafting, in addition to buying the wool I need, is to cut off all of my old warps (since I wasn’t weaving them anyway) and starting fresh in the new year!

Happy Crafting All!

Ask Madelyn: Warp Tension

https://www.interweave.com/article/weaving/ask-madelyn-warp-tension/

If you weave, read this article.  If you don’t weave but you’re thinking about weaving, read this article.  If you know someone who weaves, read this article.

I enjoy articles that explain why things are the way they are.  I know that it is important to have a tight tension on your warp, it never really occured to me Why I needed a tight tension on my warp.  Or that my tension wasn’t tight enough and that is why I have all of those sagging threads when I’m trying to weave.

Read this article!

Happy Crafting!

Choosing a Loom You Love by Sarah E. Horton

https://www.interweave.com/article/weaving/choosing-loom-love/

This is a great article that sums up the tension between a rigid heddle loom and a multi shaft floor loom.  I think that there are more considerations, regarding floor space and time constraints, but this does sum up most of the issue.  Rigid heddle looms do have a lot more versatility to them than they appear to at first.  If I’m honest I should spend a lot more time with my rigid heddle loom learning all of the neat tricks it is capable of.  I’ve got to make a lace scarf at some point using some of the techniques available to me.  Maybe that will be one of my next projects!

Happy Weaving!

4 Tools Every Weaver Wants by Liz Good

https://www.interweave.com/article/weaving/4-tools-every-weaver-wants/

I have to agree with Liz, these are great tools.  From a mini loom to mini cones of yarn, these are amazing additions to the weaver’s toolkit.  The yarn swift is neat, but I really like mine so I don’t think a wooden table top model is a ‘Key’ tool.  A really nice shuttle is awesome too.

Happy Crafting!

Floating Selvedges and S-Hooks by Madelyn van der Hoogt

https://www.interweave.com/article/weaving/floating-selvedges-and-s-hooks/

This is a great answer to a question about floating selvedges.  When you are weaving a piece on a 4+ shaft loom it is usually a good idea to have a floating selvedge on either side (left and right) of your piece.  These threads help you to ensure that each pick (weft thread) is firmly embedded at the edges.  If you are doing a pattern where you go under 3 threads each time, or over 3 threads, or more on a very complex loom, then there is the possibility that you will have a couple of warp threads just running up the side of your piece for 2-3 rows or more depending on your pattern.  This would look stupid, I know from experience, and get snagged really easily.  By putting the selvedges in you keep the edges looking tidy.  To learn more about selvedges I recommend checking out the video mentioned in this article.

Happy Crafting!