I bought a Schacht loom bench from A Loom with a View. . It was a bit of a struggle but I got it together. This bench will stay with my Tools of the Trade loom in the front room, the other bench will be with the Norwood in the back room. A luxury to have 2 benches!
My sister was in New York City last week and came upon Purl Soho. And there she bought me for my birthday the following rovings:
gold merino tencel mix
natural baby camel merino top
gray merino cross top
natural MILK PROTEIN!
This last is so unique! We had to google it immediately to find out what on earth it is. Here’s an answer. She gets to the bottom of what milk protein fiber is, including why it remains exotic and unique.
It will be fun to spin all of these fibers! Thank you, Nancy!
Yesterday my cousin came over and we spun together. Looked at fiber, figured out things, looked at lovely books and patterns. Generally just got enthused and infused. We will do this again and promised to do more spinning, less yakking.
She had brought a fleece she had just bought which she is cleaning, carding, and rolling into rolags. And then spinning. I have only done that once but we figured out what step she had missed.
I have committed myself to presenting a talk/demo on weaving and spinning on March 24th so I am beginning to prepare for that and get comfortable spinning and talking about it, both on the wheel and the drop spindle. I can’t bring my loom but I will bring different items like a raddle, a bunch of heddles, shuttles, etc. I think it’s just going to be fun to talk about my passion!
And it’s true. This is a sweet little piece. 13 inches wide and abour 45 inches in length so far. Plain weave and using all handspun for warp and weft. Not sure what this will be. A scarf? Maybe if there is enough I can make a little vest from it.
Inventoried what I have. I bought a bunch of different fiber in the summer. What I did today was match what I bought with a pattern. So I have at least 3 projects lined up. Probably all on my Tools.
I want to do another double weave blanket on the Norwood sometime.
Now to get back into the spinning groove too.
I have just finished threading the heddles. Next, tie onto back beam and then wind on warp.
My Tools of the Trade loom now sits in one of my front rooms. It is a lighter room and nice window views. Here it is: