Stop the Bus…..

So, all good stuff here, just bear with me.  Weaving…. not much happening, dyed the warp for the rag rugs I want to make, haven’t had time to get the actual weft yet.

Tried to sell the Newcomb until I realized it is a pretty darned good rug loom and I would be hard pressed to get something as good for $250!  This means at some point in my crazy world I can get a warp on the draw loom.

The AVL is collecting dust waiting for the linen towel warp.

I quit my job at Home Depot 😦  I LOVE my job there but 8-12 miles per shift and lots of heavy lifting for little money is not a smart move.  I will miss it, the fork lift was fun, the job and customers were fun, my co-workers are great, I wish they paid a fair wage.  I don’t want to discourage anyone from working there, corporate pay not good but environment is great, 2 bonuses a year, and awards for good work!  Running and working there meant some days I had over 50K steps! That is right, do the math!

Have a great little gig at the local gym – for those of you that know me, I was a personal trainer and coach and worked at a gym previously.  This gym is well run and I respect the owners and the way they run the gym.  I also have another offer which is in the air until schedule commitments are resolved.  Cross Country is over until next year.  We won Championships.

So, with all this changing and training and learning and shifting, I hope to learn the simple bus route, that the bus moves at my pace and I leave myself time to weave, to run, to smell the roses.

 

 

 

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Tension

I was interested to see the difference in tension between the large Oxaback and the Newcomb. The Oxaback is a whopping 400 plus lbs, it does not move. The Newcomb weighs less. The sample at the top of the photo is from the large loom, the lower on the Newcomb. There is no difference in the tightness of the weave sample. Adding rubber feet to the Newcomb stops the loom from shimmying however, and old rug weavers trick is to add 2 pieces of wood between the loom and wall so the loom stays put and will not move with the heavy beat required for rugs. The threading on the two samples differs and there is a denting error on the lower sample. They both feel densely woven.

Sticks and Stones….Another Rescue

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This was available on Craigslist, looks like 2 looms, most parts included but needed work.

I knew the main piece was a Newcomb Studio loom.  The other is a home-built and quite old counterbalance loom.  I needed another loom like a hole in the head, but not one to shy from a challenge, I sunk the $250 into it.  After cleaning, repairing some damaged wood caused by rusty bolts, the Studio Loom is up and almost running.  I decided it was a cheap investment that would allow me to weave the runners I wanted without tying up the large Oxaback draw loom.

One side piece needed to be replaced, the dowels in the sectional beam need replacing, which can be done in the future.

 

All in all it probably cost $280, I replaced the metal rods and tie ups with texsolv and had old texsolv heddles.  These looms are sturdy and I plan to put a long warp for runners on it.

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Here is a photo of the second loom.  I will need to replace heddles, a warp beam handle and the top counterbalance mount and pulleys.  I like that this loom knocks down easily and will post pictures when restored.

 

Done-ish

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A few of the damask towels from a few months ago.  I also made some thick towels from a silk/rayon/cotton warp and single ply hand dyed cotton. None of which are perfect enough for gifts but now I have some funky car towels and bathroom hand towels.

Of course, most towels/flat goods can benefit from a good cold mangling with the Engstrom, this has to be one of my favorite tools!

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Rags to Rugs

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I have made numerous rag rugs before but have always been disappointed in the results.  Of course, someone else can always make it better.  I used a good strong cotton twine (12/6) and good quality 3 cm rags.  The result is firm and pleasing.

My daughter passed adulting 101 – not only did she get a great job in her field, but has an apartment on what feels like the other end of the universe.  My fabulous deflected double weave blanket isn’t quite her color theme but will make its way across the country to her and her significant other.  If I can’t be there in person I will annoy her with my textiles!

 

 

 

 

While You Were Sleeping…..

During everyone else’s afternoon siesta, I finished the linen band. Realized Inkle weaving with linen is not like bra straps (start tight – will stretch out).

As with any weaving, take up equals more tension and had to make some mid-weave adjustments. Will wet finish and cold mangle soon, then on to the actual towels.

Small Joys

It has been many years since we had a family get away. We have managed to carve out a few days at the beach and it feels wonderful.

I brought my tiny Inkle band loom so I can make bands for my linen towel project. It is so humid here that it is somewhat taming the wiry linen yarn.

On a side note; firepit matchsticks make great warp spreaders!

Reap What You Sow (Sew)

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My garden is thriving despite the Southern temps.  I have pots and pots of flowers with basil that needed to be cut and also dead-headed the lavender plants.  Planning to make pesto for dinner and saving the lavender for sachets.

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A couple of years ago I did a holiday show and had many sachets from remnants of weaving filled with lavender and other goodies.  Planning to start producing for a fall/winter show again in the new home.

 

 

Inspiration, Things to Love and Learn By

I enjoy period pieces, the colors, the light and the textures.  I was thinking today about some vintage clothing I used to collect.  The weight and feel, the hue of the grey cloth, the print of flowers, the folds and crispness of a cloth.  I have been looking for inspiration and realized by remembering things I once loved, enjoyed or collected are a good place to start.  In college we used to make story boards or color boards.  A launching pad for ideas and themes.  One of my professors once said that that we all need inspiration, ideas do not come from thin air so it may be time to pull out the sketch books.

A Sticky Situation

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I should know better, but hey, sometimes we ignore what we know.  I set the wool warp at 32 epi.  Close and sticky and impossible to advance and weave.  I should know better.

I am currently re sleying at 24 epi which is still close but hopefully will give enough room and a dense enough warp.

The deflected double weave project is moving along nicely.

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I have two new projects in mind.  A linen damask weave and some rag rugs.  On a personal note, son #1 just left for college which leaves us with just one kiddo left, sigh.