My journey into the world of weaving

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Still on that third piece but almost done

Weaving has slowed down these past few weeks as real life insists on intruding. But this weekend I’ll be taking the piece off and finishing. Then I have to figure out how to create vests from these cloths!

I will probably dress the loom with either something off the cuff or something that I have the fiber for and pattern. Probably the second as that has been waiting on the sidelines for a bit and may as well tackle.

Spinning on the Louet and loving the big bobbins and the ease. It’s fun to have two wheels and two looms!

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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!

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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!