My journey into the world of weaving

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Ready to begin weaving!

The loom is dressed, the selvedge ends are in place, the bobbins are wound, and I can begin weaving the blanket tomorrow. I hear all my wonderful weaver friends tutting about doing a sample first but it’s taken me so long to get this on! I’m diving in and considering the whole piece a sample! I know I will learn a lot.

I have already used a couple of tips and tricks that I learned at the NOBO Handweaver’s Guild on Thursday.

One – to clip the heddles to the side with an actual binder clip! Works like a charm and those pesky loose heddles should stay out of my way!

Two – to organize the selvedge ends with a piece of cardboard with holes. Hope this works. I’m sure it will.

And three – haven’t done this yet but will employ Sue Jones’ tip of weaving the header with just 3 picks! Looked easy!

Pictures to come once I get going on this piece.

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Guild meeting – Ralf Hartwell

Last night was the NOBO Guild meeting at A Loom with a View.

Ralf Hartwell spoke to us about tartans. Turns out Mr. Hartwell designed and created the New Hampshire tartan! He has been weaving tartans for about 40 years! He displayed the N.H. tartan with his kilt which he wasn’t wearing and his vest which he was! With wry humor and a definite grasp of his topic, he kept the group engaged for about an hour. One thing that sticks with me is that all tartans are plaid but not all plaid are tartans! Turns out he lives in my home town but not for long. He will move to a senior housing soon which happens to be moments away from where I work! Lovely man and I am inspired to weave tartans!

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Guild Meeting – Green is the new black

We had a wonderful Guild meeting last night with guest speaker Dawn K. Forde. She talked about recycling, reusing, repurposing materials. All sorts of materials: plastic bags, socks, t-shirts, blue jeans, curtains, paper, and more. To her, fabric is everywhere! She showed us samples of her bags woven with plastic which you can see on her web site. It takes about 60 plastic bags to weave one tote bag! She demonstrated how to ready the plastic bags for weaving, cutting and tying into loops essentially. Her warp is cotton, usually in random multiple hues of one color.

I was so inspired, listening to her! And I felt affirmed in using the rags I was using for my rug which happen to be old curtains. I realized that weaving with rags is not limited to rugs but I could weave bags and placemats with rags! I am so excited about that because weaving the rug is really beating me and my loom up! I will persevere but I won’t do another rug on this loom.

Many new members last night, lots of laughter, and heads bent to share stories. Wonderful.

But. I don’t think I’ll tell the neighbors quite yet that I want all their plastic bags and rags!