Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We Miss You!

  Hey!!!  Anna, Linda, Jocelyn, Marie, Peggy, Polly and Tina......we miss YOU!!!!  The Tuesday Weavers wanted to send out a big ole "Howdy" to let you know you were thought of today.

  It was quiet in the Studio while this group was hard at work in the Potter's studio.  No....they aren't taking up clay....they are taking Weaving 201.  They were learning more about reading drafts, making drawdowns and choosing yarns for different projects.


Me?  I threaded a Summer-Winter sample warp for next week!  After lunch we will be talking about the Summer-Winter chapter in Mary Black's The Key to Weaving.  We can try our hand weaving the first example in the chapter!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Another Tuesday

  What a group!!!!  There's always a million things going on:  move some yarn, weave a little, ask a question.  Oh, and a little conversation!  That's just in the first 15 minutes!  The area where Helen and Anna are weaving is where we store the Pups, Baby Wolves, the Mighty Wolves and the table looms on stands when we are not in the Studio.  Having that open space on Tuesdays means that we have access to the back of the looms if needed.  It's a system that works!

  Betsy's warp is tied on, and it's time to tie up the treadles.  I have to admit, the Macomber can be a challenge!  This means we'll get to see her new placemats begin next week!

  Threading began on Bonnie and Ms. Ila's warps today.  They are both using the "snakeskin" threading that was in Handwoven awhile back.  This will be one that we will be watching!!!!

  Ray is weaving.....he's not totally happy with the way the loom is acting, though.  But, you can see he is getting two layers, just like he wanted!!!!

  I guess our discussion on Overshot worked for Charlotte!  Just look at her mug rugs that she wove at home!!!!

  Sharon finished hemstitching the mobius scarf, and off the warp came!  There also were three scarves on the cloth beam.

  There were lots of laughter from this part of the Studio!  You just have to wonder what Frieda and Alyce were talking about.

  Jaid has here red warp wound on, and she was busy threading today.  That lovely yellow warp that Pearl was working on is a delight to the eyes!
  You can see where Christy has been working on joining more blue jean panels for Carl....it's hard to stay ahead of him!

  And, just for fun, Alyce and Pearl serenaded us at lunch.  Linda posted it on her Facebook page, and I shared it on my page if you'd like to hear some of this special moment.

Never a dull moment!

Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Thank You, Ms. Ila!

  Can you think of a better way to start September than one of Ms. Ila's cakes????  And, this one is an all time favorite:  old fashion stack cake!  She even used dried apples to make the filling!!!!  
  I knew I had better take this picture early, because it would disappear quickly....and I was right!  There was one wee sliver left at lunchtime....it went home with Ms. Ila!
  We are some lucky weavers!!!!

  Liz was back from her trip, and she had to spend a little time figuring out just where she was in the pattern. 
  (That happens to me when I get up and walk away for a bit....much less a few weeks!!!!)

  Carl told me that he would be cutting weft today, and he was right.  This also gave him some time with Pat before she leaves on her trip.  He was back to his loom later, just weaving away!
  You can see Betsy over Carl's shoulder.  She has been hard at work threading her placemat warp.

You can just catch Ray in the picture above.  He walked in this morning with his tool box, ready to do some repair work on the loom.  He does get serious about power tools!!!!!  The end result is that his double weave project is now a GO!

  Sharon will be cutting off her warp next week!  The last few inches of this scarf warp will become a cowl....we never waste warp!!!
  Frieda is still hard at work on her lovely blue scarf.

  Bonnie had that minute or two of deciding where she was in her pattern, also.  That's what happens when you miss some Tuesdays!!!

  Our other Bonnie was doing some UNweaving.  Yes, we all should develop that skill, too.  (And, it never fails....you don't see your mistake until a couple of rows down!)

   As promised, Linda started the yellow towels today.  It's a little difficult to see the pattern with the lighter weft.  Once they are wet finished, though, it should be easier to see.

    Alyce's towels are coming right along!  She'll have a bunch ready for the Foothills sale!

  Don't let that smile fool you!  Marie HATES to twist fringes!!!!  But, it has to be done......

  We all learn from each other.  Our newer weavers, Pearl, Jaid and Marion, have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes....and our accomplishments!  And, Carol is always there to guide us along the way.   We are so lucky!

Happy Weaving!

Friday, August 31, 2018

First of 12 Napkins

Since I last posted about the Napkin project, I have rethreaded the selvedges, because Marie brought to our attention on Tuesday, that one of our blog posts about selvedges had been sighted on Facebook.  Turns out it was one of my posts way back!  Well I followed my own instructions,  and I like it!  It is basically 12 ends in 3 dents, the outside dent gets 4 ends threaded singly in whatever pattern you are doing, say 1234.  the next dent in, if you are going from the right hand side, gets 4 threads threaded double in pattern, in this case, 3344, and the next dent in gets 4 threads again threaded double in pattern, in this case 1122. If you are coming from the left side you follow that threading pattern order. Clear as mud right!  I will link to the original post here when I can find it.

After I had corrected my selvedges I fixed a sleying error, and I began to tie onto the front bar.  For some reason the front apron only had one metal bar to tie onto, and it was in the apron.  Sometimes I can make that work, using the slits in the apron, but this time it was not going to work with the fine 16/2 that I am using and that for the first time.   I glanced over to the tall trash can in the corner, that holds all my sticks and tall straight things and my eyes fell upon a metal rod that was the perfect length for my loom. ( an old, old narrow Leclerc) YAY!  I spent a little time getting the two rods in place, and over the last day or two, I tied the warp onto the front apron bars.

Today was the day, after I ran the morning errands, and treated 3 goat for hoof rot. (I have never had to deal with this problem before, but it has been bad this year!) I finally got upstairs in the Studio, and finished tying on the napkins, and I went looking for a yarn that was enough finer than the 16/2 to use while weaving the hem, I wanted to make the hem section of these napkins a little narrower than the body of the napkin so that they won't have a bulky hem.  I found the perfect yarn, loaded the shuttles and began to weave.

I soon abandoned the hook style temple, because I saw that when I had to unweave to correct a treadling error, I found that the hooks were cutting the weft!  I had not had that happen before, and I will have to pay attention when I inspect this first napkin to make sure that there are no weak places  in the cloth.

This first time through the pattern I am taking many notes so that I can replicate it for each of the 12 napkins in this order.   I should have enough warp to do some extra ones, the best 12 will fulfill the order the ones that are left over I will set aside because I know they will come in handy.

I mentioned before that the dimensions of the breadcloth's were taken from a Handwoven collection booklet.  In this cut down Napkin version, the stripes are again my own design, but I did use the textured pattern found in the booklet for the center of the napkin.  I think it is delicate enough to do the job.

I stopped for lunch at 2pm when I paused to wonder why I was so hungry!  When I am working on a project, and I am able to really get into it, I often lose track of time.

Late lunch is over, my post is done, it is back to work on the napkins for me.

Until next time, keep on going, Tina

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

She's Back!!!!

  Carol has rejoined the Tuesday Weavers!  And, just in time, too!!  While she was gone, we were busy weaving those scarves that she loves so much, which also means she gets to tag them, and get them in the inventory book!  Ms. Ila's three shawls were also ready to be tagged....but, two of them were snapped up before they could be put into inventory!
  Welcome back!

  Marie finally got some time to work on the fringes of the pink shawl.  (Twisting fringes is NOT Marie's favorite activity!)

  That's one more scarf that Bonnie has finished!  That weft works well with the black bamboo. 

   Marion was back with us today.  She's making great progress on her starter warp.


  A bare foot weaver!   (We don't teach it....it just happens!)  Weave on, Alyce!

  And another bare foot weaver!!!!  Helen is working on her scarf warp.
(I weave bare foot, too.  Do you????)

  I didn't check out Linda's feet....she was busy finishing her fourth green towel.  The next four towels will be yellow.

   Jaid sat down with Carol and planned her next project:  a table runner.  Then, it's off to the warping board!

  After taking some time off, Christy is playing catch-up.  That little Singer does a great job joining the blue jean panels.

  Ms. Ila began threading her new shawl warp today.  This is another one that I'm excited to see going!

                                                                                 You know I LOVE "under the loom" shots.  Just couldn't resist!  Ray found a threading error, and he double checked the tie-up....he's ready to begin his double wide project!

  Would you believe Carl has already used up the blue jean strips we cut a few weeks ago?  He told me this afternoon that we'll need to cut more next week!!!!

 I think this might be the last of that Indigo dyed cotton that Tina plied for Marie.  That truly is a labor of love!!!!

 A BIG thank you to Sharon for that yummy homemade salsa!  It surely did hit the spot!

  Also, a big cyber hug on its way to our Anna.  We're thinking of you!!!

Happy Weaving!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Mini Me

One of my best sellers at the few shows that I do with the Tuesday Weavers is my Bread cloths, in fact I sell every one that I bring.  I had taken as inspiration one of the projects from an old Handwoven collection.  I used the ends per inch and the basic size from the project, but I made my own stripe pattern and textured insert in the middle of the cloth.  I have once or twice used a finger manipulated lace pattern, but I found that my hands really did not like all that stress.

Recently, I was asked to come up with a napkin pattern that looked like the bread cloths, only smaller and with finer yarn.  We went over the color cards and chose the colors my client wanted and we also decided that I should order some 16/2 for the project.  I have not used 16/2 yet and I am excited to take the plunge.

The yarn arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I had finished tweaking the pattern and wound, beamed and threaded the warp with very little trouble.  I have woven a little sample to see if my efforts were to be rewarded, and I think that they are.  I found no threading errors and only a sleying error to correct before I can get weaving.

I have put one of the bread cloths on this sample to show how much smaller the pattern really is.  At first I thought I might be able to use the same number of ends, but I found that I had to reduce the stripes from 20 ends to 15 to get the proportions that I wanted in the final napkins.

I am looking forward to weaving these napkins starting next week, I need to get 12 woven for this order, with more to follow if they are admired at the Thanksgiving party.  The first napkin I will have to take good notes so that I can make then all the same.  I have thought about using sewing thread for the turned part of the hem, have any of you found it helpful?

(Incidentally, I love the feel of 16/2 cotton, it is soft and very pleasant to work with, not hard to beam at all, though I did use a back to front approach since the yarn is so fine.)

Until next week, (maybe)  Tina

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


  Once a year we get a group from the Chamber of Commerce Leadership group.  This year's group called ahead to make sure that Carl would be here when they came!!!!
  As usual, they were full of questions about what we were doing in the studio....and, we love to tell them about our projects!

  Of course, we were not expecting their bus to get stuck in the driveway!!!! 
  There is a steep grade on the west driveway that requires you to take it at an angle.  (My car sits low, so I always take the side street to avoid scraping!)  The bus blocked the east bound side of the highway for a bit before they were able to free it.
  This just meant that the visitors had extra time to enjoy the Center!


  Lunch time means talking with each other about the projects we have on our looms at home and upcoming special events.

  It's also a time to talk about projects that just might be giving us a little trouble.  Alyce believes that sometimes those projects just need a little time-out!  Agree!!!

 Wow!  Such a diverse group....and it's always nice to see old friends!

   I promised a close-up picture of Frieda's scarf, but, it is determined to come in sideways!!!!  Isn't this lovely!


  Ms. Ila wound on her new shawl warp.  It is a hand dyed shades of gray bamboo warp.  The first shawl will be the "snake skin" twill using black bamboo.   There is enough on this warp for three shawls.

  Polly wasn't weaving today....she was ironing!  These are the new AACC tee shirts for the shop upstairs.
  (Karin does a great job photo bombing, don't you think?)

  Carl didn't get as much weaving done today as he would have liked.....that's what happens when you are the main attraction for the visitors!!! 

  I haven't shown Liz's towels...she's been on vacation this month.  But, she got this much done before she left.

  Tina finished plying the indigo dyed cotton, and wound a skein for Marie from the threads.  I think this is the end of this project!

  Another great day....a little drama....a lot of laughter!!!!

Happy Weaving!