Friday, October 21, 2016

Once Upon A Time....

.....there were 4 over shot placemats.  They were made many years ago when this weaver was very new at weaving.  The 4 placemats were different lengths so they could not be sold as a set, and they languished in "that" pile for a long time.  Then the weaver had an idea, and she needed something that she could use to try it out.  Her eyes went straight to the pile and out popped the placemats ready and willing to finally go to work.

The pattern was drafted there was much measuring before cutting, and much ripping of seams and taking out of zippers, and putting them back in again, before there was any progress at all, but the placemats are sturdy 8/4 cotton, and they can take it.

In the end, or should I say the middle because I am getting ready to take it apart and do it all over again, there was only a very little bit left of those 4 placemats, but they have done what they needed to do and more!

I am now no longer afraid to cut into my handwoven fabrics, I know that they can take it, and I have a good feel for how to do what I need to do to get the product I want to have for the show next month.

As I said before I am getting ready to do it all over again, I am not happy with the how the zipper is fitting in just yet, and there are a couple of other things that need to be reworked, so I will take it apart once again to get it right.

Until next week, Happy Crafting, Tina

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Day In Our Life

Welcome to our newest weaver, Liz.

  We told her that if she read the blog, she would learn our names faster!!!!

You can usually find Carl at the big old loom! goes.....I think I got everyone in a picture (or two) for her to work on at home!

Carl and Pat cutting blue jean strips for another rug.

Pat weaves lovely placemats!

Since the black thread has been found, Lanny is happier!

Linda is working on her placemats.

Connie is weaving a scarf on her Structo.

Irene is conquering the tangled warp!!!!

Christy is working on her wee Inkle.

Frieda's new scarf warp.

More of the neutral placemats:  thank you, Polly!

Shirley and Bonnie just getting it done!

The border on Karin's towels.

Sharon got the thank you note written!

Bonnie modeled Ms. Ila's cocoon wrap.

Ms. Ila is almost through threading this warp.

Now.....where were the other ladies today?
  Since the Foothills show is in a few weeks, they worked in the Annex today storing all the extra looms at the back of the space, and bringing all the show equipment up by the door!!!!

Marie moved looms, Betsy was the cleaner!

Marie and Tina moved the loom parts to the back.

Karin made sure it was all stored in an orderly manner!!!

There you go!  Just a quick look at the Tuesday Weavers on a typical day!
  Lots of chatter!
  Lots of laughter!
  A little bit of weaving!!!

Happy Weaving!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Playing Catch-Up

  We had a successful show at Homecoming, and it's time to get caught up with the chores that were ignored for 4 days.  I admit that I did not want to talk to a soul on Monday....and I was rather quiet on Tuesday.  You might say that I was all talked out!!!!
  But, we all need to get ready for the Foothills show in November, so rest time might be over.  Carol has given me a challenge.....a lady had this purse at Homecoming, and my job is to recreate it.
  It converts to a backpack!  Cool design, right???
  Carol provided three different views, and I worked out a diagram that I'm playing with at the moment.  We'll see if I'm successful.

  I just so happen to have a placemat warp already on one of the Pups, so I thought I would use that to play with.  The example is woven with cloth strips, but I don't have any cut at the moment.  I thought this chunky yarn might work, but I'm really not liking the way it looks.  It might be time to get out the rag cutter.
  While I have it out, I need to cut more strips for the placemat warp at the Museum.  I timed that warp just right...the last six mats were supposed to be finished by Sunday evening.....but I ran out of weft!!!  I'd like to get that woven and cut off the loom.  It will be too chilly to weave out in the Loom House in just a few weeks.  I have about twelve inches to go.

Southern Weekends

  A few weeks back, the crew from Southern Weekends visited the Museum of Appalachia.  Molly spent some time with me in the Loom House.  I finally got to see the clip this morning on the news.

  Now....back to my challenge project!!!!
Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Aftermath and Potluck


  Yes...we did have some weaving going on in the Studio today.  The Ladies were at their looms, which gave them a chance to chat with the ladies from the Crossville Weavers' Guild.  Those ladies drove over to visit with our group and have some lunch!
  We got our cars unloaded this morning....display pieces were put back in storage....stock was returned upstairs in the shop....and woven items returned to their weaver.  Marie handed out checks to the weavers who had sales during Homecoming.  I guess that means we'll be busy weaving the next few weeks getting ready for the Foothills sale.


  Our visitors gathered around Betsy as she cut strips for her newest rug.  She's using some wool we had in our stash.

  Anna, Frieda and Harriet used the lull in activity to share what they had going....we always have some project either starting or stopping or hatching!!!!

  Meanwhile, Irene was going to start dressing the Pup with another painted warp.  OH-NO!  There is a terrible tangle in the warp!!!!
  You can see the chain laid out on the's probably a warp for 3 or 4 scarves!!!  This is where a lot of patience is a real virtue!!!

  Karin had a special cake made for our Potluck lunch:  a woven cake!!!!!  (Can you just imagine trying to describe that to a baker????)
  Not only was it beautiful, but it was delicious, too!!!!


   Now....this is a beautiful sight!!!!  Not only do we weave very well....but there are a lot of great cooks in this group, too!!!

  Then it was all hands on deck to share the feast! 
  Our visitors brought some of their woven items to share with the group, and before we knew it, it was time for them to leave.
  Next week we will be back in full production.....and we'll work those tangles out of that scarf warp!
Happy Weaving!

Monday, October 10, 2016


Yesterday I spent all day at the Museum of Appalachia, helping with our Tuesday Weavers booth which is in the Peters House. It's a cool log cabin that was moved to the museum years ago. It's so nice to be in here. This year they added lights so we had much better lighting on our sale items and that probably helped us have a successful show!
This cabin is a big one. We're in the big room and my back is to the fireplace. A long porch lets you walk under protection outside to the next room which is the kitchen. There are steps from the outside to two rooms upstairs. Pretty luxurious for the times! 
We have this one room and our things were nicely displayed by our weavers. Harriet was busy working all Sunday morning. Sorry I didn't get a picture of Anna who also helped a bunch.
Outside on the porch Tina was spinning. She did this for four days. By Sunday afternoon she was tired of sitting but not spinning. She was spinning the finest thread you've ever seen. Took forever to get close to filling her bobbin. The lady she's talking to bought one of Bonnie M's shawls. It was multicolored orange, yellow....just a beautiful painted warp.
Oh, there's Anna on the left talking to a customer. Check out the walker in the back. We make bags that fit nicely on the walker so that whoever is using it can put their magazines, phone, etc in the pockets and take important things with them as they move from place to place. The people who buy them tell us how much the recipient enjoys having a bag for their things.
So what was LouAnndoing all this time? She was in the little house that you can see in the background of Tina's picture. It's the Loom House. She has truly resurrected the old loom out there. It shines with pride as she weaves placemats on it. The warp has been planned for 12 placemats and she'd cut off the first six. Now she was working on the last six. Shortly after I took this picture, she ran out of her weft, the strips of fabric she was weaving with. She was on the last placemat, too. It's disappointing but she'll cut more strips at home and come back to finish weaving the last one.
At 6pm we were glad to pack everything up, LouAnn, Tina, Marie and I loaded the cars and tomorrow morning we'll bring everything to the center, put away the displays, carry the items back upstairs to the shop and figure out what we need to weave for the next a month. You can get a lot woven in that length of time, you know. Should be interesting to see what else we can accomplish before the Foothills Craft Guild show.
Until next week, keep weaving!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tired But Happy

Another Museum of Appalachia Homecoming has come to a close.  The weather was wonderful, and I though many times about 2 years ago when the rain just would not stop!  Our booth did well by our estimates, we will know with more precision on Tuesday when Marie will give a report.  Many thanks for all those who gave a hand manning the booth Marie and Christy who also helped with set up, Karin, Pat, Joyce,Bonnie, Harriet, Anna, Irene and her husband. We could not have done it without you! (I hope I didn't leave anyone out!)

On Thursday we had 29 bus loads of kids come in, and it was just as busy as you might expect it to be.  Most everyone was well behaved and we sold out of  all the small stuff that we had made just for them, in fact we could have used more!  (Make a note for next year!)  Friday, Saturday and Sunday are mostly adults with kids sprinkled in families as they usually are.

I spent 4 full days spinning wool on the porch of the Peter's Homestead Cabin. I usually try to spin wool that comes from Sheep Shearing day on the porch and I was able to go almost the full 4 days of Museum wool, but today I had to pull out my reserves.

Over the first 3 days I was able to spin 6 bobbins of white wool, which once it is plied will give me 2 really nice sized skeins of 3 ply yarn (to add to the one I already have, )that will be good for many things including hats, scarves, or a sweater.

Like I said before, by this morning I had to pull out my reserve wool.  I had brought one of my Jacobs fleeces that I had gotten from a friend of Betsy's a couple of years ago.  I had washed the wool and separated out the 3 colors that were in the fleece.

 I hadn't decided how I was going to spin it before today.  I knew that I wanted that empty bobbin to last me all day.  In order for that to happen I knew that I had to spin lace weight yarn.

I started spinning with the darkest of the colors, and I was spinning just as fine as I possibly could.

It is not exactly frog hair, but it is really fine!  Much finer than the white yarn I had been spinning.  By the end of the day I had used up 2 of the fluffy bumps in the above pictures and had filled  maybe 2/3 of the bobbin.  Mission accomplished!

Lou Ann was in the loom house those same 4 days, she finished 5 placemats and ran out of weft or she would have finished the sixth and final placemat for the year.

We get many visitors at the museum, and every year we see relatives of Aunt Cordelia, who lived her life in the cabin that Lou Ann and I call home when we do demonstrations at the museum and the Tuesday Weavers get to use it as a booth during the Homecoming.  This year was no different, first there was a family that had just learned this year that they were related through family tree research, and some that thought that they might be related.  Then yesterday we got a real treat,  Aunt Cordies great grandson showed up with his granddaughter!

They went all over the cabin, and he told me that he had spent many nights in the upstairs bedroom above the kitchen.  He said that we had the girls room and the boys room upstairs switched, and that Aunt Cordie's spinning wheel was in that same upstairs bedroom above the Kitchen, that was where she would spin.

It was such a treat to get to meet him, I asked if I could take his picture!

We are all exhausted, but happy!  We will take a few days to catch our collective breaths and take an inventory of what we have left  and  then start getting ready for the show in late November, just before Thanksgiving.

Until next week, Happy Resting, Tina

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's A Go!

  This is a well deserved rest after loading up all the "stuff"--unloading all the "stuff" and setting up all the "stuff".  But, I have to say...we're getting pretty good at it.'s Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia!  Thursday morning, more than two dozen school buses will unload students for a fun filled day of music, activities and touring the grounds at the Museum.  The Tuesday Weavers are set up at the Peter's Homestead House (Tina will be spinning on the porch while I'm weaving next door in the Loom House.)
  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we'll see lots of folks who come back year after year PLUS lots of new faces.  It is just like a Homecoming.

  We have lovely shawls at the front door.

   We love using the chicken wire really is versatile.

Just look at all the items you can hang on it just using clips and S hooks. 

The other side is great for displaying scarves on hangers.

  We love using this rack for all those beautiful dishtowels that our weavers produce.  (I'm sure Karin will make this arrangement even more appealing!)

         The lattice rack is great for showing off those lovely scarves.
   These tri-fold shelves give us just the space we need for placemats, table runners and napkins. 
  Yes...that's a walker!  We've been weaving bags for walkers for the last few years.  It's nice having a place to put your things when you need to hold on and walk!!!!

   We've got the rugs in the corner, and more placemats by the window!  This space really works for us. 
  All that's left now is to get a good night's rest before all the fun begins!!!  If you're in this neck of the woods, come on by and say, "Howdy!"