Centerweave

My journey into the world of weaving


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Hitchhiker spinning!

It took a bit of a learning curve but I got spinning on my new wheel! She’s a little loud but I’m oiling her and that helps. I’m enjoying this!

spinning

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New Wheel!

newwheelI went to the Fiber Revival today and one of the first things I did was buy this!

It’s a Hitchhiker wheel from The Merlin Tree

I am so excited to have it and look forward to vacationing with it in a few weeks. So much easier than bundling up the Ashford Traditional into the car!

And yes I bought some fiber. Some roving from Mulberry March Designs and Mad Color Fiber Arts.

So much fun! Also tried my hand at an electric spinner – interesting!


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Beginnings – good beginnings

I have successfully sleyed the reed and just finished threading the heddles in my front to back warping! It is fun. Only one rocky moment when sleying: I dropped the cross so I am sure all those ends are helter skelter.

Next is tying onto the back beam and then beaming. I’ll take a picture at that point.

I got sliding hook flyer and bobbins for my Ashford. There was a moment when I thought I would have to return it when I couldn’t get the whorl off! But unlike my other flyer where you screw the whorl off, with this one, you pull it off! Then I thought it was missing a set of hooks to help hold the fiber against the flyer but I found them. Installed and I am spinning away on some romney hogget and silk (97%/3%).

I had received two gift cards for Christmas so I went to A Loom with a View and bought this book:

Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

It is gorgeous and I love how it is written.


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A fibery weekend

It was a good weekend to touch base with all of my projects. I commenced the 5th napkin, twin to the 4th. I did some spinning, enjoying my Ashford once more. The Louet has gone north to be with my sister for a bit. (We share this wheel). AND I began the warping for my next project: a vest made out of homespun! I’ve currently completed two warp chains, one blue and one purple. I’ll end up with 4 different colors in the warp.

The BIG thing I am doing is I am going to warp front to back! I have never done this and I want to do it with this warp because I want the colors to be somewhat random! So it is exciting to try something new and different and it has revitalized me.

Just plain felt good to have lots of fiber in my hands this weekend!


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New set of napkins underway!

Weaving on the new set of napkins began in earnest today! I had one error in threading that had to be fixed even though I thought I had double checked everything! I am about half way through the first napking.

napkins

I did take my spinning wheel on vacation with me and plied what will forecver be known as my “4th of July” skein! Here’s the wheel:

spinning wheel