Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Setting Goals



  This year the weavers thought about one weaving goal they want to work towards in 2020.  We wrote our goal on a piece of paper and sealed them in this Mason jar.  The last Tuesday of the year, we will open the jar and see if we have accomplished our goals!  We even have goals for the group.....something to work towards!












One of our goals is to keep our equipment in good shape.  Ray is always ready to help out with repairs and replacement parts.  He's doing a huge overhaul on the Studio Loom, and he's waiting for some supplies that have been ordered.





Peggy is getting a start on one of the group goals:   more placemats for the shop.  She wound her warp at home, and she'll be using this fabric for the weft.  I'm looking forward to seeing these mats!













Jocelyn is working on more towels, which we always need upstairs!







 

 Liz cut off her warp of three scarves.  We seem to always have someone wanting a "man's scarf" and these should be perfect.










 Mary finished the 62" piece for a "walker bag" and there's just enough warp left for a table runner.










   Peggy went back to help Linda wind on her warp.  When this warp is ready, that's more towels for the shop.












  Carl finished one placemat and started weaving another today.  Chalk up another set to go upstairs!








Pat finished threading the new rug warp, and she cut weft this afternoon.  She'll be weaving next week!












  Bowl cozys are always needed, and Anna is weaving more fabric for the project.









 Want to try to weave some Bronson lace?  Pearl could give you some pointers.












  Susan found a great little loom!  It's a 4 now, 4 later Macomber!  Tina gave it the once over so she would know what she needs to finish setting it up.  Yes, that's a pearl cotton warp wound on the loom.  She'll be able to work on her weaving goals!!!!




 

 Patty's loom still has plenty of black warp for more placemats.  We are going to have a great variety for the shop.



















 Betsy is inching towards the end of this warp.  The last bit will be fabric that can be used for other projects.





  Sometimes our goal for the day is just being with each other!














  We'll let Marie and Carol keep us in line!

Happy Weaving!
LouAnn













Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Finishing and Starting



  Ray has finished his second table cloth, and here it is opened out on the counter.  Carol did a little quality check on the cloth.












  What's next for Ray????  He's de-constructing the loom to  tighten it up before the next warp!  We'll have to wait and see what he has planned!








  Peggy had a little repair job to do on her scarf now that it's off the loom.










  Patty is busy weaving more placemats on the black warp while Bonnie quietly cut off her shawl warp.  She took  a few minutes to straighten out the thrums to give to Charlotte.  (This was a bamboo warp.)







  Bonnie used three different wefts for the three shawls, and they are beautiful!  This picture does NOT do them justice!  The colors shimmer and change as the light hits them.










  Jocelyn had a few repairs to do on her towels, which Carol used as a teachable moment.









  Speaking of new warps:   Linda is learning how to wind on a sectional warp!  Tina was there for moral support and guidance!  (This will be more towels!)






  Thanks to Alyce, we have the reminder to tighten up the screws on our looms!  Oh, yes!  When she looked down there was a bolt lying on the floor!  We found where it went, and next week we'll do a quick check on the other looms.
  Anna is working on more cloth for another run of bowl cozys.








  We were so glad to have Shirley back today!  Time to catch up with everyone!!!!










  Marilyn is threading while Jocelyn goes back to work to finish the towel warp.  Betsy is nearing the end of her planned placemats, and she'll weave some cloth for some bowl cozys to finish the warp.











  Ms. Ila found some threads that did not come through the reed, so after fixing that, it's time to tie on again!  It's the warp that just keeps on giving!

  More towels, Liz?????







  Look who came to visit today:  Eiko!  We miss seeing her these days!!!










   Thank you, Mary!  She baked a cinnamon-apple strudel cake, which is just the ticket for this rainy day!!!













  She finished her FIRST warp....now what will Sandi want to weave????  Stay tuned......

Happy Weaving!
LouAnn

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Can You Hear The Hummmmmmmm


  When you step into the Studio from the outside, you're greeted with this lovely hummmmmm of folks working together.  Just look around!  Some folks are weaving, some are warping their looms, and some have other projects to work on while they're in Studio on Tuesdays.  This is the time to learn from others.









  We're not back to 100% yet, but most of our looms were busy today.  And, it's time to start thinking about our long range goals for production.













 Come to find out, Pat is her own "loom elf".  She got her warp on the loom before our Christmas break, and today she was busy winding it onto the warp beam.

















  Peggy came to the end of her warp today.  That's three scarves and some leftover fabric!!!






  Patty and Bonnie had the back row humming with the sound of weaving.  (Sometimes the Gilmore releases too much weft when you tap the brake!  That just means you have to get up and go around to the back, which can be a challenge!)

  Tina discovered some 8/2 natural that had gotten under Mary's loom.  She rescued the tubes, and they're up for grabs for a towel warp.






  Hey, Sharon!  Did you hear that????  Are you going to do a run of Friendship Towels?????  I know where there is some 8/2!
  Sharon is nearing the end of her scarf warp, so that may just be what is next for her!













  Our "students" are doing so well, I doubt we can call them students any longer!
  Charlotte keeps on weaving at home and bringing lots of lovely items!  She is really enjoying using up leftover yarn!




   Carol, Lou Ann and Marilyn had a discussion going on......I didn't find out what the subject was!!!!  Do you think it was weaving related????



   









  Ah, yes!  It was our first potluck of the year!  And, one of the stars was Ms. Ila's 7Up Cake!  I didn't get a picture of Tina's apple pie, but, it, too, was a people pleaser!!!!




  And, if you were lucky, you fixed a take home bowl!!!

We have so much to look forward to in this new year, and I'm sure you'll hear a lot about it!

Happy Weaving!
LouAnn







Tuesday, December 31, 2019

We Ended The Way We Started




             Together!

We met at the Center on 1 January 2019, which was a Tuesday.  Today was the last day of 2019, and it is a Tuesday!  What better way to say good-bye to the old year than with our weaving friends!



 

  Lunch at the
Museum of Appalachia 

    This is another favorite thing we do once a year!




  We gather around and have lunch in front of the fire and enjoy each other's company.








  At the Center, we helped the desk worker practice using the Square by paying memberships and making end of year donations.  




  Lucky us!!!  Karin had the day off, so she was able to join us today!  She brought her two Inkle projects to share.  


 












 
  Ms. Ila brought some fabric strips her daughter donated for rag weaving.....Linda worked on winding the strips into bundles.
   It didn't take too long before others joined in the winding project.  

 
 Carl joined in to untangle the strips and wind them into balls.



  He had used up all the cut weft on his placemat warp!  That will be the first thing on the agenda next week!!!!











    Look who's sitting with the Ladies on the back row!!!  Peggy had a blast sitting with Bonnie and Ms. Ila today!
 








   Liz enlisted Carol's help with the weft yarn for her project.  She likes to wind a bunch of bobbins at a time, and the yarn was not being cooperative!

 






     Jocelyn was busy hemming her towels on the machine at the Center.  

 







  It looks like the Loom Fairy  Elf  put a new warp on the Barn Loom!  I guess we'll be winding it on next week!!!!!










  I think Betsy likes sitting in the back corner!  It is a little quieter back there.....

Happy New Year!!!!!

LouAnn