Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Getting Ready!

This is the week!
  We bring in our own woven items, and pull items from the Shop upstairs.  All of those have to be put on a master inventory list....yes, that means Marie!
  Tina read off the item name and the inventory number while Marie added them to the data base.  Don't ask them how many times they were interrupted!
  Yes....it's time for Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia!!!!

Sharon's been busy weaving towels, and all of them needed to be added to her own inventory list.  Also, they have to be priced and tagged! 

  Harriet had a box of her items:  she's been weaving dish cloths and scarves! 
   Get that inventory list done!!!!!

  There's still weaving to get done: right, Betsy?

  And, look who got to join us today!  We were all so happy to see Ms. Ila!

  Our Ladies keep those looms humming!  This view really caught the color of the warps.  Meanwhile, Sharon was busy winding a new warp.  Wonder what this one will be?
  Last week, our friend Bonnie asked about the plastic sheets covering the book shelves:  the books in the covered shelves are NOT part of the book sale going on at the Center.  Over the years, the Center had acquired many books on many arts and crafts.  Each group got together and pulled the books they wanted to keep, and the rest are for sale.  The Tuesday Weavers have an amazing weaving library which Sharon and Karin oversee.  We didn't want those books walking away....thus, the lovely covers!

  If you look carefully, you'll see the roll of placemats on Lanny's cloth beam.  He comes in each week and just weaves away!

  Jocelyn will soon be weaving on her warp, too.  She got a lot of threading done today.

I'm sure we'll be posting lots of pictures from Homecoming....stay tuned!

Happy Weaving!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Last Painted Warp

What a weekend out here!! We had a lot of rain but not nearly like South Carolina. Our mountains help protect us from a lot of the weather that comes through. This time the system had to go over the mountains to get here but if it's from the west, somehow the system often goes around us here. We needed the rain and it was a good excuse to stay in and work.

I've just finished my last painted warp. Each vest is different. The first one had weft very similar to the warp. There's a green in this one, in the warp, that's pretty bright. The buttons I found for it are just as bright, a yellow green! 
The second vest has much more blue. The way I painted it, half the warp had that bright green. The other half is mostly blues. So when cutting it for a vest, the front part has the green with the back much more subtle  color wise.
The last vest is more somber, greens and blues that tone it all down.
I'm not sure which vest I like the best. They're sitting on my work table waiting for me to sew the buttons on. Maybe by the time I'm done with that I'll know. Right now I really like all of them.
I have just one week left before I pack up for my next show. It'll be interesting to see which vest sells first!
I've got warp wound on the warping board. It's the next one on the loom, today, and probably the last one I'll have time for before the show. So much to do, so little time....
Until next week, keep weaving!

Friday, October 2, 2015

"Crunch Time"

Yes, it is crunch time here at Farmstead Studio!  It has been a terrible year in the weaving part of the studio, with problem warps and little time to weave.  I have finished what I could and come to terms with the disasters, and decided it was time to move on.

I pulled out the zipper pulls I have been saving, and brought out the jewelry making tackle boxes, and I  have managed to make 20 pairs of zipper pull earrings.

I have also made several pieces from the Kumihimo bands I did a few months ago, they have actually come out well, to my surprise.

The rest of my inventory is tagged and in the suitcase, with this last lot heading that way later today.  I don't know if I will be able to get anything else done, but if I do it will be a quick matter to add them to the list.

This afternoon it is time to look at the costumes I will be wearing during the 4 days of spinning demonstration.  It is nice to have everything ready, and to not have to wear the same thing day after day.

Tuesday, when the Tuesday Weavers congregate, we will pull inventory that is usually sold in the shop upstairs at the Appalachian Arts Crafts Center, and be ready to set everything up across the street at the Museum of Appalachia, on Wednesday.     Wish us luck, and good weather, it rained all 4 days last year, and it was really muddy all around , though it didn't stop the public from coming for good music, food and a general good time.

Until next time, Happy Crafting, Tina

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Yes, more kits!
  This time next week, the Tuesday Weavers will be neck deep in Student Day for the Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia.  I'll be weaving in the Loom House while Tina spins on the porch at the Peter's Cabin.  The weavers will be inside that cabin while lots and lots of folks come through, and hopefully, buy some of our handwoven products. 
  Straw Loom kits are always a big seller.  Thanks to Roz, we got a lot of the straws threaded and ready to go in the kits.  I'm finishing up the last of the yard balls to go inside.  We should be set for next week!

 I finished hemming my set of a dozen placemats, and took them to the Center on Tuesday.  That also means I got to move my sticker to the TOP of the sheet!!!  All I lack now is getting the tags on them and starting my inventory sheet. 
  Now that I have my "new to me" Bernina, hemming handwovens should be a lot easier.  She doesn't moan or groan or clank as the fabric goes through!!!
  I have some huck placemats on one of the Pups, and if I get a chance, I'd like to finish some of them for the sale.  But, there is that stack of projects waiting for finishing that I should do first.  We'll see how the weekend goes....

  I snapped this picture last night on the Panda Cam.  I just can't believe how big this cutie has gotten!  The Smithsonian released this statement:

"In celebration of the state visit on Sept. 25, First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and First Lady of the People's Republic of China, Peng Liyuan, visited the Zoo to bestow a special honor on our new panda cub: his name! Bei Bei means "precious, treasure" in Chinese and is complementary to his sister's name, Bao Bao. Mrs. Obama and Madame Peng's visit commemorated more than four decades of giant panda conservation and science collaboration between the U.S. and China."

  Bei Bei has been a treasure to watch, that's for sure! 
Now, if I only had more time to watch the Panda Cam.........

Happy Weaving (and finishing!)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rainy Day Blues??? Not Here!

  Just look at all that color!  They even match their warps!

  Yes, the Ladies were spot on at their looms today!

***Get well wishes go out to Ms. Ila...you are missed in the line-up!

 There's another warp going on Jocelyn's loom.   Marie manned the crank while Harriet and Jocelyn kept the threads in line.

After lunch, Marie got the chance to weave on the napkin warp.  She brought her end feed shuttle to see if that helped to keep the selvedge nice and smooth.
  Carl cut his blue jean strips and got busy on a new rug.  You can see those fabrics behind him that will be rugs before too long!

  Roz helped me work on straw looms this morning.  We should have enough made to get us through Homecoming next week!

  Betsy is working on another wool rug. 

Sharon wanted to finish up the special order for the "Ellen's Pattern" placemats.
In fact, she was able to cut off more than she needed that were finished and ready to be hemmed.  The extras can go upstairs.

  By the way.....Harriet went with the pink bamboo for her scarf warp.  It looks great with the painted warp!

  Carol is just taking care of business:  tagging the placemats for upstairs (and Homecoming!)  Somebody has to do it!!!!

  Tina thinks she has three more rows to finish on the coverlet.  It is so easy to hit the wrong treadle!!!

We did something new today after lunch:  we went around and told about what is on our looms at home!  It was a lively discussion!
  What do you do with a troublesome warp????

Happy Weaving!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Changing colors

Some weeks are just busy. Weaving happens but other things take up time. Each year on this weekend, when we can, we drive up to Muhlenberg County to the International Home of the Legends Hall of Fame for their Thumbpicking Championship. DH is a judge in the contest. It's like a mini conference of great music, sort of like the convention we host in Nashville each summer. Last year the contest was won by a 14 year old (who's even better this year) named Parker. This year the traditional contest was won by another 14 year old, Evan. They have to wait 5 years before they can enter again but you know they will (although Evan can compete next year in the contemporary section, and he will). Competing against adults and winning is quite the feat! 
 It's just such a good atmosphere of friendship and music. No one wants to leave. 

But we did and got home last night. It was rainy most of the weekend but the clouds parted enough to see the lunar eclipse, just enough to take a picture with my iPad.
Weaving and finishing happened this past week. I had a warp painted for 4 vests. This warp was a bear because somehow when I was rinsing out the excess dye, I put it into my centrifuge and it got tangled. DH and I spent several hours a couple of months ago untangling it. It still had some issues as I wound it onto the loom but in the end, I lost only about 5 inches which was a huge relief.

You can see again how changing the color of weft just changes the whole fabric.  Another thing, the color in the warp that looks kind of gray is nutmeg dye color. I don't know if they had issues with producing the dye or what, but it painted on a lovely color but all washed out to this sort of gray. It's pretty but not what I wanted. I did mark  the container. I'll use the rest of the dye but adding it to a warp where I want that color.
More blue in the weft or less blue? I like how both vests look.
The last one I wove with a bit of blacks. There are at least 4 different blacks in the weft. It tones down the rusts and makes them pop. 
So that warp is down, washed, serged and sewn. I took some of them along this weekend to work on while I was listening to guys and girls pouring their hearts out though their guitars in the contest. For awhile we thought that the contest might have a girl winner but not this year. There's always next year, though.
We met some new people and renewed old friendships. The best part....I didn't have any responsibilities.
Now it's time to get back to my loom. Guild Fair is in just a couple of weeks and a lot of weaving has to happen first.
So until next week, weave on!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Another Empty Loom

It is true!  I emptied the last project on the floor looms for the fall shows!

Here is the bit of warp that was left as I inched out the last of 12 placemats. I was so pleased, I thought, I will be bringing in my placemats for the challenge, even though I never officially signed up for it.

Everything has the edges serged and they are ready for hemming.  I counted them as I was adding them to the "time to hem things" stack.  4 hand towels, 8 red placemats, and 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,,,,,,,, wait what!?  11 blue jean placemats!  I looked high and low, and have not found the 12th placemat that I was sure was there!  Rats,  it is a good thing I didn't sign up for the challenge now isn't it!

This week in the studio I will hem what is in the stack, wash and iron it all and add it to my inventory.  Then I will look around to see if there are any quick projects I can throw on the looms.  This is usually when I crank out scarves and shawls on the rigid heddle.

Until next week, Happy Crafting, Tina