Thursday, November 15, 2018

Foothills Fall Show

  The weather says winter, but, it's still Fall!  Our faithful Tuesday Weavers came out to help set up this morning despite the weather, and we got right to work.  Anna and Alyce set to work on the grid cubes to show off some of our smaller items while Marie and Pearl were setting up the display stand.

  But, before we got too ahead of ourselves, we got the rugs taped down!  Marie went over to Carol's booth next door and helped her out.

  We didn't bring as many rugs this year as we have in the past, but we have a great selection of different rugs for folks to choose from.

  Pat finished putting the cubes together and we starting placing items for display on those shelves.

There are napkins, Anna's pin loom ornaments, Betsy's bottle bags, Pat's napkins, greeting cards (with woven inserts) and bowl cozies. 

The kiosk is a wonder!  The four sides of this display hold an amazing amount of woven items. 

Here are the sides that hold the placemats and towels.

  It's not fancy, but we have a lot of different woven items for folks to admire.  And, this year, they have plenty of room to walk around the booth. 
  A big THANK YOU to Marie, Pat, Anna, Alyce and Pearl for all their help!!!!  We couldn't do it without you!
  I've got my fingers crossed.......

Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Here We Go Again!

  There is a rhythm to our weaving life....have you noticed it???  Warps get cut off the loom, and a new one replaces it.  We do this over and over.
  I love how folks jump in to help here in the studio.  (That's so different from doing it by yourself at home, right?)  The call went out, and three weavers just jumped right in to help Carl get the warp wound on the old barn loom.
  Not only did they get it wound on the loom, but Carl got it tied on this afternoon.
  He'll be weaving more rugs next week!!!

  After helping Carl, Linda went back to work on her loom.  That means more placemats for the shop.

  Bonnie's placemats are coming right along!

    Liz finally came to the end of her towel warp.  That's six more towels for the shop!

  That's a serious looking group!!!!  Actually, it's a quick lesson on writing up the sales ticket for the show this weekend.  Also, some of our newer weavers haven't used the "square" before, so Marie gave a quick lesson on that, too. 
  Carol took over the inventory of shop items that we are taking to the show in addition to her duties as weaving teacher for our newer members.  (We keep her busy!!!!)

   And, still we weave on.......................

  The cars are loaded with tubs of woven goodness, and my car is loaded with the display items to show off those items.  You should see Marie's car!!!!!!
  I'll post pictures of our booth......

Wish us luck for this weekend!

Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Getting Ready!

  The Ladies were hard at work first thing this morning:  Shirley and Bonnie on their scarves and Ms. Ila on her shawl.

  Here's a close-up look at the snakeskin shawl Ms. Ila is weaving.  The painted warp gives it added depth, I think.

  Liz, Jocelyn and Betsy are intent on weaving their projects, too.  Liz's goal was to cut off  her towels by this afternoon.

  This is a close-up of Betsy's placemats.

  Carl finished threading the heddles, and starting tying on the warp to the back bar.  I know that means we might be winding on next week.

  Christy's ready for him!  She's working on more panels for blue jean rugs!

  Ray brought one of his new rugs to show us...he will have it for sale at the Foothills show.  (This is a blue jean rug, too!)

  Pat is planning her next fabric project for more bowl cozies.  Davison is always a good resource!

  Marilyn finished her sample warp, and she's planning her next warp.  Mary is just starting her sample.

  And what are Alyce and Carol doing back at the warping board????  It's a tangle.........uh-oh!

  Linda is going to work on that black warp....back to placemats, which we always need! 
  Bonnie's huck lace placemats are looking great!

  Linda has switched to a pale green for this set of towels.  She's treadling twill stripes, which look great with this color.

  And, we should all take time to catch up with our friends. 
  As we get ready for next week, we just need to stop and's one of the great joys of our group.

Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Crunch Time!

  No...she isn't cracking a whip!  (Actually, I don't know what she is talking about...I just got this photo op and I wasn't going to pass it up!!!)
  As always, things are moving into high gear around here as we get ready for the Foothills show.  Pat (R) and I made straw looms for the kits this morning.  We are almost out!

 Just in time, Alyce was ready to cut off her towel warp.
  And, Linda decided to cut off the towels she had on the cloth beam on the Macomber.  There are four jade towels and two yellow ones.

  Carol pulled out the serger and started on Alyce's towels.  When she finished serging the hems, she just went on to Linda's towels next.  The ladies will take them home to hem and wet finish.

  Jaid was back with us today, and she's been working on her lovely red warp.

  Just look at this lovely piece!!!!

Oh, my!!!!

  Bonnie and Ms. Ila are weaving the "snake skin" pattern, but they look so different because of the size.
  On the right is a close up of Ms. Ila's shawl.  That gray warp with the black weft is really working!

After adding some heddles to the loom, Mary got busy threading her new warp.

  Sharon was busy threading, too.  That's another scarf warp on the loom!
  It's blue scarves for Frieda in that very unique eight shaft pattern.

  Now that Marilyn has finished the twill sections of her first warp, she's ready to do a table runner with the rest of the warp.

  Helen, Jocelyn and Betsy kept the back corner buzzing today
  (What a maze of looms!!!)

  After we moved all the parked Pups, Carl got in position at the back of the loom to thread the heddles.  He only has a few inches to finish next week, and then they'll be winding on that new rug warp!

  Here's a peek at the new display Ray and Marie put together last week.  It is truly amazing how much can be placed on this!  And, everything is so visible!

  It will be a mad dash from now until November 15th.
Hold on......................

Happy Weaving!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Shag in the making

napkin in 16/2

The napkins are almost ready to deliver, all that is left to do is make some labels and I may tie them in a couple of bundles with a handwoven band. (Oops, I just saw a skipped thread, I need to tend to!)

1 dozen

My daughter that is a graphic designer was in town last week and while she was here she went to Joanne's with me and helped me pick out the poly fleece I needed for the Shag rug I am making.  Joanne's was having a 1/2 off sale on fleece, so it was really good timing on our part!   My granddaughter said that she wanted the rug to be colors of the rainbow.

stuffed shopping cart 

I thought that I was going to need 7 colors, but it turns out that all I will need is 6 colors. So I needed to decide which color to leave out.  I consulted Dear One (good with color) and he suggested I leave out the eggplant color, so that is what I am going with.

cutting, cutting, cutting

Yesterday and today set up my trusty fabric cutter and set to work.  I need to cut all of this fleece into 1/2 inch strips.  I am not sure if I will weave them in strip form or go ahead and cut the strips in 4 inch lengths, but I am sure leaning that way.  I think I will do a little bit of sampling to make sure.

small pile of strips


three bags full?

I had to do some work with colored pencils to get the new color order to work, (the colors intermesh a lot in this rug) but once again consulting Dear One we made the necessary changes  in the color order and I really think that these colors will all play together nicely.

I finished cutting the pink and the red into strips today, and I expect to finish the other 4 colors by the end of next week.  Then I will check to see that I have enough heddles on the first 4 shafts of the 60inch Leclerc, Big Bertha. I need 120 heddles for each of the 4 shafts.
 I will hopefully be able to thread and tie on to the front apron before I go see my Mom November 9th, so that once I get home on the 18th,  I will be ready to weave.

There is no due date on this rug, and I am glad because for the last few months weaving time has been hard to come by.  I expect though that I will be more than a little bit excited to finally get started throwing the shuttle, and as fiddly as this type of weaving is, it is very satisfying.

Until next week, Happy Weaving, Tina

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Here We Go, Again!

  Welcome to Mary...our newest weaver!  I heard that she has been reading our blog, and now she is part of our little community!
  She got her yarn chosen, and the warp is wound.  Next week she will start the process of dressing the loom.
  Let the fun begin!!!!

  Marilyn continues to work on her sampler warp.  Those weaving skills she already had are coming back to her!

Carl got busy on his new rug warp this morning.  (Remember...he warps front to back!)  The copper stripes came first.
  By the end of the day, he was finished sleying the reed.  That means he'll be threading the heddles next week.

  Pearl was having difficulty with the yellow warp on the new Ashford loom.  Carol thought that rewinding the warp using paper on the warp beam would be just the ticket to correct the problem.

 Jocelyn was back with us today.  She and Anna had some time to catch up with all that has happened in the last few weeks.

  Liz was back with us, also.  Those towels will look great at our booth at the Foothills sale.

Helen is working on the Wolf Pup.  That's a scarf warp that she's finishing. 

Shirley has started the threading on her warp.  She settled on a 2-2 twill for her scarves.

   Whoa.....wait just a minute!  What is this????

An empty row of weaving benches!!!!!!

Ms. Ila said they were slackers!!!  The Ladies were ALL hard at work on their looms!!!!!!!

  Betsy has finished the first placemat on her warp.  We're all gearing up for that fall sale!

  Marie and Pat have been weaving at home....Pat is trying to use up her stash, and came with this big stack of placemats and table runners.  Marie is building up her stock for the shop and the fall sale.

  Marie also hemmed Tina's napkins (Tina blogged about these a few weeks ago.)   Tina dropped by to pick them up this morning.

  And.....guess what else Marie did?????
She and Ray put together a new display feature for the shop upstairs!!!!  (We need one of these for the Foothills sale!)

  I think you deserve a gingersnap, Marie!!!! 
Lucky us.....Sharon baked us a fresh batch....and they were wonderful.
  Thank you, Sharon!

I think I need some of what Marie is taking.....................

Stay tuned........