I enrolled in Rebecca Mezoff’s Little Looms course, and then had to obtain a little loom to take advantage of the course, lol. I tried to order a Hokett Loom from Woolery but ran into stock problems, one 10 day wait I can handle but when the items from the first wait came in they were sold out of something else in my order and wanted me to wait another 10 days! That wasn’t going to work for me so I cancelled the entire order and picked up a Stash Blaster from another source.
I decided to warp this with some soft cotton twine I had lying around to see what it would do, unfortunately with the yarn I decided to use the results are closer to a balanced weave than a tapestry weave. Oh well, it is really pretty and a good first try so I will finish my mug rug and try for a tapestry next time.
A week ago I attended a class on spinning silk with the Enchanted Mountains Weavers Guild in Bradford, PA. It was amazing. I learned about spinning silk from the fold, I sort of knew about that already, and using cowboy magic to keep my hands supple for spinning. I think they use the detangler and shine while I purchased the conditioner. As far as I can tell, since they both have silk proteins in them, mine should work just fine. (It certainly makes the silk slippery enough, lol.) The bobbin on the left is the 1/2 oz sample of silk I purchased to practice with, I’m not sure what the colorway is called but I think it looks like Monet’s “Waterlily Pond” painting myself. I am shocked at how fine I can get my spinning to be when I concentrate and cannot wait to see what this will look like when it is plied!
This is where I admit that I have been Pre-Scheduling these posts so that I am able to have content each week! Lol. If I did not do that then I would have 20 posts in 2 weeks then it would be 3 months until I get back to it. That being said, by time you read these posts I hope to be done with my project, but stay tuned to see how my summer went!
I promised myself I would do a number of larger projects this year. Due to circumstances I think that my larger projects are going to be:
- Get the paint/rust off of my ‘new to me’ loom and heddle bars; repaint it and reassemble it for use (probably next year)
- Make sure that I have enough projects ready to go for a set of classes 1-2 a month (1/week if I can swing it) for the public library! Very exciting
As a refresher, this is what my Loom looks like.
It is a bit hard to tell from here but the bar on the bottom that the pedals are attached to is completely rust covered and there are rust spots all along the paint. Not pictured are the weights that came with this loom, since it was a Therapy Loom. The heddle bars, pictured left, are not supposed to be that color, they are completely rust covered.
I just started this last night and since then I have managed to get the heddle bars completely cleaned off and one side painted for 7 out of the 8 heddle bars. The 8th is being used to hold the good heddles, 734 total. Tomorrow, if it is not raining, I plan on painted the other side of my first 7 heddles.
I have also begun trying to get the paint and rust off of the weights that come with the loom. They are in pretty bad shape and I thought they would be a good place to make any mistakes. Using an attachment to a cordless drill I am able to get the paint off quite quickly. Within 30 minutes I had the paint off of one side for 2 of the pieces. The rust is in there a little more deeply than I would like and so after I get the paint off of all of them I will get to work on the rust. After they are cleaned off to the best that I am going to get them I plan on putting Rustoleum Primer and a topcoat of Yellow paint.
This is a huge project and I am a bit intimidated to get started with it, but I hope bit by bit this gets done this summer so I can have a fall and winter of picking out yarns to use on it next year!
My Learning to Crochet class went very well. Okay, so out of the 8 people that signed up only 2 showed up. Since for March in Western New York it was a positively gorgeous day at around 60 degrees I cannot blame them for wanting to spend time outside rather than in a Crochet Class.
One of those that did show up already knew how to crochet but she was wonderful company and seemed to enjoy the washcloth we were making. The second student was completely new to the craft and still managed to create 1/2 of a washcloth by time the 2 hours were up.
Both were wonderful conversationalists and everyone involved had a grand time. One of the ladies is coming back for the knitting class and I am extremely hopeful for a better turnout then.
It was suggested that we hold more classes in September when people are beginning to think about Christmas Presents, and that might be a good idea.
I am also hopeful that I can hold a class on Granny Squares. It amazes me that people consider these simple, repetitive objects to be something complicated. Then again it was one of the first things I learned to make. The knitted washcloth the students will be learning on the 30th is found below.