My journey into the world of weaving

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Front to back warping

I am ready to start beaming the warp onto the back beam. Someone said she likes front to back warping because you handle the yarn a lot. No kidding! I am very intimate with this warp now!

front to back

Next, beaming. I want even tension and not necessarily tight. I am mostly confident of my handspun but there’s some fiber added which I am not confident about as a warp. Fortunately, there aren’t a lot of those ends!

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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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Endings and Beginnings

2012 is just about at an end! That means I move into my 6th year of weaving with the beginning of 2013. The napkins are finished but were not given as presents this year. I gave a lot of scarves. So they will become part of my “stash”.

Both looms are bare. But not for long. I am preparing for my next project, the vest, and absorbing all I can about front to back warping. I have decided to use the Tools loom mostly because it has the right size reed – 10 inch. But also seems just more manageable for this first effort.

My brother gave me this book:

Simple Weaves

for Christmas. There are a lot of 4 shaft patterns but there’s a bit of adjustment in figuring out fiber and reed needs. I am figuring it out and have selected a project to do.

On the spinning front, I have just ordered a sliding hook double drive flyer with bobbins for my Ashford! The bobbins hold 30% more fiber. So I will wait until that arrives for me to start spinning again.

It is always nice to have one’s work appreciated. One of my co-workers “begged” me for one of my dishtowels (I had given one away at the Yankee Swap and she didn’t get it!) So I gave it to her and she was seriously pleased! She also said her mother really liked it and would pay for something like that! I am not ready to go into the business but it’s nice to know that my work is liked!

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Napkins off loom today!

I managed to eke out 7 and they are within an inch, the same size, ranging from 16 inches to 18 inches in lenghth. I need to sew the two ends and then wash the whole fabric. Then I will sew each end and cut apart. Then i sew the hems and add my “Centerweave” label. They should be ready for Christmas giving! I intend to work on these next weekend which is for the moment free.

I am also finishing spinning the green fiber – plying right now and challenging my Ashford bobbin with how much I can fit on it! I think I can get it all on.

I think this will be it for 2012 projects. Next up is my front to back project, weaving cloth for a vest. And for me!