Thursday, April 23, 2015

Who Said The *F* Word????


  Were you thinking something else????

  My little beans are just getting their second set of leaves, and now the weather forecast for in the morning is chance of FROST!  
  And....the poinsettias have been outside for a week with their new haircut....guess they will need to slide back inside for tonight.  I already pulled in the prayer plant off the really does not like cool weather!
  Just so you'll know, I decided to grow my beans in the large pots this year because the rabbits always nibble them.  I did have trouble with the squirrels digging in the pots after I planted the seeds, but they seem to be doing fine now.....or until tonight, that is.

  That also means that Karin, Tina and I might be a little chilly in the morning at the Museum!!!
  Yes, it's Sheep Shearing Day at the Museum of Appalachia.  They are expecting around 1,000 people!  Along with the great demonstrators (that's us!) there is also sheep herding with a talented border collie, Kelso.  The sawmill will be running, and the blacksmith will be on duty, too.
  I need to find my fingerless mitts......

Oh well, that's Spring for you!  

Think warm thoughts for us tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Day To Remember

  It's always nice to remember birthdays:  Happy Day to Shirley and Linda!!!!
  Linda brought a cake to share with the Weavers, and Roz made her famous "Joe Froggie" cookies--just in time for Shirley's birthday this week.

(I bet you think that all we do around here is eat!!!!)

  It was also a day to remember two weavers who were members of the Appalachian Arts Craft Center.  And, I found out that Ralph donated the barn loom that is upstairs in the shop to the Center many years ago.  (That's the one I wove on during the open studio days for the Dogwood Arts Festival!)

   The Weavers joined in to help unload the truck with the items from their estate.  The plaque above was mounted on the 48" Leclerc that we are keeping for the studio.  The other items were part of the silent auction for the weavers.  I know that this equipment will be put to good use!!!

  Carl and Becky got a chance to share some memories of Dorothy and Ralph. 

  Earlier in the day, Marie and Tina pulled out the tool bag, and installed a shed regulator on the little counter-balance Leclerc.  They wanted to get that done before we loaded the new warp on it.  That means a new warp next week!!!

   Meanwhile, out in the Annex, the yarn is getting sorted and put into see-through tubs.  It might have been blowing rain OR it could be we have a leak, but we had some water damage in our little storage area.  I'm sure Allan will take charge of this for us!

  There are always warps to be wound!  Betsy told me she had to get her stoles wound so they could get woven in time for a special occasion.  Harriet is just getting busy on her next project!

  There's always time to just share a good laugh!!!!


And, some folks just use their time wisely!

  I guess that's why Lanny came to the end of this warp today!

I don't know how many towels.....but, he did two of each color!!!!  We'll find out next week just how many were on the cloth beam!

  Marie got a chance to thread a little on her napkin warp this afternoon.  I can't wait to see them when she starts weaving!
  Until next week, remember all the good times!!!!
Happy Weaving!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend at Arrowmont

I spent the weekend at Arrowmont attending the Southeastern Fiber Forum Conference. What a blast!! 2 and a half days of a workshop on something new to me. The class I took was from Kay Faulkner on East meets West. Kay is from Australia and has done a lot of traveling, especially north of where she lives. What a wealth of information! 

We were to wind a warp that was warp faced. Right. Wrap around the ruler and see what you got. I did. I even added some to be sure it would be warp faced. However, I don't think any of us had it. You have to wrap, push the threads, keep wrapping and then add some to get the warp faced fabric we needed! People using back strap looms don't use reeds, they just push the yarns together as the weave. Interesting!
So I wove, learning the right way to wrap around the warp threads to add an accent and even wove some interesting patterns on the middle section. I'd put on a 2 1/2 yard warp and I did weave it all. It takes forever when you're in a class and figuring out stuff, especially when your handout, how to information, is on one sheet of paper! But it stretches your mind, makes you think and is inspiring.
We were to practice making columns and wrap horizontally so I made a critter. Some people thought it was an alien and I guess it is, but it didn't start out that way. I should have graphed it out but in class you can just do things on the fly! After all, it just goes in my notebook.
There's always someone in class who thinks beyond our practice pieces (and had an 8shaft baby wolf) as opposed to my table loom. She wove an incredible piece on the left using the techniques that we learnt! Something to aspire to!
So that's it for the next 2 years. We'll do it again April 23 - 25, 2017! Seeing what the others were doing in their classes was also inspiring. Christy and Molly took John Mullarkey's class in tablet weaving and learnt a lot! Conferences like this give us inspiration for weaving new and different things plus we meet the most interesting people, some of whom are also conference junkies!! Good thing, too! I guess I'm one but I have to try to stay ahead of the game!!
Until next week, keep weaving!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Studio Happenings

I left off last week with a sample warp on the loom ready to go.  This week I got some weft cut and some samples woven, but I was a little stumped by what I was seeing in the picture in the book.  The book I am working from is in Swedish, I always thought that this wouldn't be a problem, because after all the weaving drafts are in chart form, and I can usually work out what the sett is in the text.

 It was a simple rosepath threading, and I could to a plain weave and a twill with no trouble at all, but there was something else they were doing that I just couldn't wrap my brain around.
I took the book with me on Tuesday,  to have Carol look at it.  She 
took one look at it and said something to the effect of, "Oh that's simple they are using overshot, see here you can see the tabby!"  Well duh, thought I, why couldn't I see it!  I hadn't thought about using overshot within a fabric rug.  That is why I am a weaving enthusiast, there will always be something new to explore!  Luckily I have enough sample warp left to try it out!
Next up this week was some blue jean strips for my challenge placemats.  I had a bunch cut ready to sew together, but I just hadn't gotten around to it.
I pulled out the Featherweight and got to work.  After a very short time, I had enough strips joined to make  5 more placemats!  Many times, all I have to do is make myself get started, and before you know it the task is done!
I loaded the shuttles as I went, but when I went to put them on the loom bench I remembered that I had ironed the weft on the placemats I had already done!  That will be a task for the next Studio day!

Until next time, Happy Spinning, Knitting and Weaving, Tina

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throw-Back Thursday

We go on many journeys in life, and they often lead us down some strange pathways. But, this pathway has been a real ray of sunshine in my life.
In the quest to learn the art of weaving, I have met some wonderful, gifted, caring people who share this love of fiber. But, we don't just WEAVE, we share our lives. Through this blog, you'll meet this crazy creative crew we call THE TUESDAY WEAVERS.
Come along on our journey as we discuss different patterns, threads, techniques and the use and care of our looms (or sometimes the rescue of old looms.) You'll get a peek into our studios, and maybe a house tour of rooms where looms are tucked. There's no such thing as too many looms!
Welcome to "Loomy Tunes"!!!!! 

  This is how we started this blog back on Wednesday, 18 November 2009.

And, look how much we have changed:


  I could go on and on....I found lots of pictures when I took my walk down Memory Lane this morning.  But, this all started because of the discussion we had at lunch on Tuesday.    I started thinking about my time at the weaving department at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center.  I came to learn to weave in September 2005, and I didn't leave.  I still show up most every Tuesday.
  I took pictures with my 35mm camera so I could have a visual memory of the warping process, and now I use my digital camera so I can share our day with others in this blog.

  As things have changed, they have also remained the same.  
  We still share our love of weaving with each other.

  We still share our knowledge of weaving with each other.

  And, I'm still thrilled to be part of this group.

Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Don't LOOK!!!!

Oh, NOooooooo.......MORE YARN!  Quick, Bonnie, don't look!!!!!

YES....pretty yarn from Dorothy's estate!   There was a lot of 8/2, also, which we will use here in the Studio.

  It's so much fun going through the stash to find just the right yarn for a future project. 

  Darlene finished the warp on the Norwood, so it was time to wind on another one.  What a great learning opportunity for some of our newer weavers.  Tina got the tension box threaded and they wound on an 80 yard warp.
  We can look forward to lots of great place mats in the future!

   Sharon finished the warp on the little Leclerc this afternoon, so that means it will be getting another LONG warp, too.  Guess that's what we'll be doing next week.
  There were 10 green place mats and a set of 4 neutral mats.

  Marie finally got the chance to sit down and start threading the napkin warp on the Macomber.  Notice the bobbins in the back?  They work just like 2 inch sections on a sectional beam.

   There was also time for some weaving!  Andy got a chance to work on the towel warp, and Bonnie and Ms. Ila worked on their looms, too.

  Ms. Ila has ordered new tie ups for the Mighty Wolf.....for some reason, there were some short ones in the bunch, which were causing problems with her pattern!!!

  Our newer weavers are working away on their warps.  Sharon reported that the Harrisville loom she is borrowing is almost ready to go. 

As always, there's time to just catch up with your weaving friends!

  We also take the time to help a weaving friend work out a pattern for new projects.  You gotta love MATH!

   Or.....helping out Carl by cutting blue jean strips.  Thank you, Jocelyn and Carol.

COOKIES.....thank you, Sharon!  As Roz can testify, they were yummy!  (Ginger!)

OK....maybe you should look.  Another great day with the Tuesday Weavers!

Happy Weaving!

Friday, April 10, 2015


This week was the week I got a sample warp on the loom.  I am using the Sears Hearthside loom this time, even though it does still have some issues, like the back beam will fall out of the loom if you look at it sideways!

My client is choosing between two warp colors and two treadling patterns.  I have put enough warp on the loom to do a smallish sample of each color and pattern all at the same time.

 Warp on cantankerous back beam
I will be cutting the strips for the samples from the sleeves from these t shirts.  I am probably going to have to go thrifting to round out the blues and greens collection in the pile as it is.

The plan is to do a gradual shift in colors from light to dark over the face of a 3 panel rug.  I always did like a challenge.   I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…….

Until next time, Happy Spinning, Knitting and Weaving, Tina