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"Sley" Ride!!

Yes, I know - a bad pun, but how could I not??

After a few weeks of little to no weaving activity, I finally had some time this morning to start sleying the next baby wrap.  I attempted to speed up the process by using the method advocated on Laura Fry's new video, "The Efficient Weaver."  Basically, it amounts to bringing a number of warp ends forward and holding them between your fingers in whatever configuration they are going to be sleyed - for me, it was 8 ends, held 2 together between fingers.  The reed is horizontal, supported by two loops of string.  Take the hook, bring it up through a dent from underneath, catch the first two dents, bring the hook back down through the same dent, and without pulling those threads all the way through, bring the hook back up through the next dent, catch the next set of ends, and repeat. When the loops of all the ends in your hand have been brought through their respective dents, pull the hook and bring the rest of the ends all th…

Quick Catch Up

I'm very excited right now, because I just sold my Leclerc counterbalance loom!  This is the one that's been for sale since getting my Glimakra CM in September.  It has been sitting against our fireplace in the living room ever since, which is also the room where the big Glimakra resides, so it has been crowded in there, to say the least.  Anyone that knows me knows that clutter makes me anxious. so except for when I'm weaving, the "living room" has been handed over to the cats.  They sleep on the couch in there during the afternoon, and run through it regularly when they're not.  While I don't see us taking their lair away any time soon, it is such a relief to give that loom to someone who will use it! The buyer is from New Brunswick, and they drove down today (4.5 hour drive) in their Honda CRV.  I don't know how, but the loom somehow fit in the back, and they are on their way home.  She's never woven before, so I'm sure she is in for years …

Woven Poinsettia and English Garden

Do you detect a theme here?? Maybe it's all the rain we're getting, or the unseasonably cold temperatures, but my mind is seeing these scarves in terms of plant coloration.  It's probably just wishful thinking!

The "Secret" scarf wove up even better than I thought!  It still needs fringe twisting, so no finished photo yet, but I can't help but love the gentle pooling of color along this warp.  It reminds me of an English garden, yes but more like a watercolor of an English garden.

Those reed marks should lessen in the laundry.  I plan to twist the fringe this afternoon.

The Poinsettia scarf encountered all manner of problems, mostly from the sectional warping process. One section ended up shorter than the others, plus the scarf is more narrow because I ran out of yarn before I could wind the final 2 inch section.  Thus this scarf is more narrow than I usually like to weave.  Setting up the Glimakra totally flummoxed me (again!), so I had to haul out the books…

English Garden

That's what comes to mind when I look at this yarn that I purchased from Tammy at Yarntopia Treasures on Etsy (  She does wonderful work and has a great sense of color.

This tencel is called "Secret;"

I wound it into a cake:
and quickly warped it on the Baby Wolf for a tabby scarf.

I'm in love with this scarf already, and I haven't even started weaving it yet!

I was trying to come up with a good color to use as weft for this project, but failed, so I asked Tammy what she would recommend, and she dyed a skein of yarn to match the rose color in my warp.

I love the subtle differences in this yarn as well.  I think it might be hard to let this scarf go!

I also purchased another skein from her, this one is called "Poinsettia.


This went on the big Glimakra, using spools, rack and a tension box.  There was a glitch putting it on, so this scarf won't be as wide as I usually make, but I do think …

"Looming" Deadlines!

C'mon, you knew I had to use the pun, right??

The holiday craft fair through work is coming up very soon - Dec 5th, to be exact.  I'm trying to weave a couple of towels a day on my days off, and am awaiting some hand dyed tencel for a couple of scarves.  I think that will be my limit, so any time left over I will use for tagging, creating signage, etc. I'm glad I chose to use a natural colored warp, as opposed to white - it seems to give some of the towels an antique-y feel.

So far, I've woven 5 towels on the 8 towel warp, and these are the colors:

a mid-range red:

a bright blue;

and yes, I didn't see the sleying error until I was well into the second towel, so it will just have to do!

A lovely dusky purple, which is hard to capture;

and a mid-tone green, for which I've only taken an underneath photo that doesn't show the color well;

My plan is to weave another green, and then maybe use something bright for one or both of the remaining towels.  The pattern …

A Break

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, not yet anyway.  As always, life keeps poking its head in the way of keeping you informed of my latest weaving pursuits.  The latest interruption was the surprise winter storm that pounded our part of Maine last weekend.  We were supposed to get less than "a slushy inch on grassy surfaces."  What we got was a foot of wet, heavy snow, along with strong wind gusts, some of which reached 50 mph.  Trees were damaged everywhere, landing on houses, streets and power lines.  We lost power, only for 30 hours or so, but our furnace was broken in the process of trying to hook it up to a generator, so we only got heat and hot water yesterday, after 3 days without them.  Boy, did that first shower feel great!  (I did wash up at the sink, you cynics!). And late last night the final piece fell into place - we got our phone and internet back!  So, dear readers, you can see that unless you wanted a blog from my phone, which I certainly did…

Busy Busy!!

Where has the time gone??  I can't believe it is already mid-October, although the tempurature is reminding me nicely.  I've been busy trying to get the first project on the Glimakra, as well as plan and begin some tencel shawls for the Etsy shop.  All of this precedes the co-op ad in the November issue of the Downeast magazine that I took part in.  I'm hoping it will drive more people to my Etsy shop.  If it does, it would be good to have it stocked up, right?

For the Glimakra, I chose a simple straight twill for a quick set of 4 cotton towels.  At first I was leaning towards Christmas colors for obvious reasons, but I just couldn't get excited about them, so instead I went with two of my favorite colors - purple and aqua, separated by 4 picks of black.

I don't know what it is about purple, but several women of my (ahem) age group say that they love purple as well.  Perhaps there is something to be said about menopause being adolescence in reverse, since I LOVED p…

Learned Something New!

The last time I posted, it was to tell you that I had to measure another warp in order to complete the set of eight placemats ordered.  The warp went on with tangles, despite being wound under even tension on my mill (I really must find out what I'm doing wrong there!), but it went on none the less.  Threading, sleying and tying on happened without a hitch.  I wove another placemat with 6 repeats, following my notes from the previous warp.  Once completed, I wanted to do the finish work on that one mat before weaving the rest of the warp, so I decided to try a method I had read about.  Peggy Osterkamp has published a method for being able to cut something off the loom and tie the rest of the warp back on without having to resley, etc.  There had been some talk about it recently on Ravelry, so I took notes and dove in.

At the end of the piece that was to be cut off, I wove a couple of shots of tabby, then another inch of tabby in a contrasting yarn.  I then placed two sticks, one i…

Of Course!

So, since coming back from my little musical vacation, I've jumped back into weaving the placemats as much as possible so I can get them done in time for the wedding in early October.  I have the draft memorized, so the weaving is easy enough to get 2-3 done in one session.  Plenty of yarn available, pirns wound - check.  I only had one more mat to go before the project was done!

Weaving commenced, and all went swimmingly.  I wove  three pattern repeats, but as I started the fourth, the measurements were not consistent with what I had measured on the other mats.  So I looked at the newly woven cloth as it was heading towards the cloth beam, and I saw my mistake right away:  I had repeated a section of the pattern that was not meant to be repeated, and I had done it a pattern and a half back.  I started to unweave, but soon realized that this called for more drastic action.

Yep, I decided to cut out all the weft and start again.  You can see the mistake above - the diamond-y shapes…

I'm back..

I've been remiss in my blogging, but I do have a valid reason for it.  I've just returned from a week at adult band camp!  Ok, ok, you can stop laughing now.  What started as a great Christmas present idea for the husband, turned into a "vacation" for both of us.  We haven't had a vacation away from our house in many, many years, so this was a big step.  The camp was on a lake in central Maine, and it was truly beautiful there.  This was the view from the porch of the lodge where we "slept".

I use the work "slept", but really, it was more of a tossing and turning rest period most nights.  The weather was extremely hot for Maine at this time of year, and humid, so everyone was roasting (no A/C).  Our room was also right above the kitchen, so there was all sorts of clanging and banging going on early in the AM.  I had my alarm set for 6:20 AM, and did not need it once.  The mattress was extremely soft, so any movement by either of us and it felt…

Found it!!

My mojo, that is!

I was asked to weave a table runner and 6-8 placemats for a wedding in October, and between work responsibilities and a short trip soon, I felt a bit of a time crunch sneaking its way into my head.  At first I couldn't even decide what weave structure to use, which, of course, led to more panic.  I kept thinking that overshot would work, but since I have yet to actually weave overshot, it seemed like a bad (read slow) idea, not to mention having to weave with 2 shuttles, thus slowing everything down even more. Still, it seemed like the only idea I could come up with, until.... I remembered the wonderful snowflake/crystal draft that I've woven several times in the past.  Except for a bit of math, it was all written down from other projects, so that saved some time.  I decided to go with 10/2 cotton for this iteration, and I think I've made a wise choice.

The draft is an eight shaft pattern, so I dressed my little BW with bleached cotton, planning for an …