My journey into the world of weaving

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The joy of doubleweave

I wove almost 10 inches today – it is tiring work! Weave an inch, remove the temple, check to make sure there are still two layers, advance the warp if needed, set the temple, weave an inch.

Not without some setbacks. The most serious thus far after the original mis-tie up, is I noted a glob of yarn on the underside several picks back. Worth unweaving? You bet. I did so and straightened out the glob and continued to weave.

But I am so excited this is working! Well, it should. I was fastidious in my set up and preparation.

Here’s almost 10 inches:

Almost 10 inches

Of course I gave a couple of hours to the second annual Winter Fuzz Fest in Exeter! I saw many friends and had many inspiring and useful converstations about weaving doubleweave, spinning, making garments, and seeing a demo of a very old wheel. The owner wove standing up! She said she preferred it to sitting. Instead of the feet treadling the wheel, you do so by hand! I did buy two balls of roving from Riverslea Farm. I haven’t even spun last year’s! but resistance is futile.

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Weekend fiber activities

Aside from threading 240 of the 480 ends for the doubleweave blanket, I also wet finished my last two scarves (using handspun stash) and set two skeins handspun with the gray alpaca cria. The only thing I have not done today is spin! I have a little more of the gray alpaca to spin up.

And next weekend is the Winter Fuzz Fest! I went last year. This year’s seems to have a focus on natural fibers!

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Winter Fuzz Fest

I went to the Winter Fuzz Fest in Exeter, N.H. today! I got there at 10:00 when it was supposed to be open and it was already packed with folks!

I immediately was drawn to Patricia and the Treeditions table! She showed weaving with plants. Stems of plants harvested, washed, dried, and then dampened in order to weave them. The finished product was available. Very inspiring!

From there, to Riverslea Farm where there was a lot of spinning action. Many spinners with all sorts of experience. I saw two Kromski Minstrels, a Louet or two, and a Schact Matchles. That’s the first time I have seen one! It’s a heavy wheel but looks nice and smooth. The bobbin was a good size too.

I bought three balls of roving from Riverslea:


The gray is all llama! The purplish one has mohair and the pinkish has alpaca. I am already itching to spin!

I saw my friends Kathy and Hal at the Angora Hutch, out of Haverhill. Hal was spinning right of off one of the angora rabbits! There was a crowd around him the whole time!

Other stops included Solidago Farm, the Diva Weaver, NOBO Handweavers (of course!), and Parker River Alpaca Farm. It is probably a good thing I didn’t know there was book store vendor there!

All wonderful and so very stimulating to talk to other weavers and spinners!