Today we moved the Structo into the studio. To get it through the door my DH and I took it off the stand. He carried the loom while I carried the stand to the studio. Putting it back on the stand should have taken about five minutes, right? Wrong. We got it all together and then we sat on the love seat for a few minutes. Then he asks, "What is this button for?" This loom has a neat feature. When the beater is pushed back it hits a button and the harnesses come down. I went to demonstrate how it works and then it hit me! We put the loom on the stand backwards! The beater on this loom pivots on a bar that is connected to the stand. So.......we had to undo all the screws and nuts and rotate the loom and put it all back together again! Why are five minutes jobs never five minutes? I am not sure what room I will put it in yet so for now it will be in the living room at the studio.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
A smokey start to our warp painting this morning! The fire in the pit seemed to want to smoke more than flame. And, wouldn't you know....the breeze kept shifting around when you least expected it!!! But, all eleven of us were ready to try our hand at putting color on our warps (and keeping the color OFF of us!)
Enter the "mad scientist." It really did look like that! And, warps were soaked in the soda ash to get them ready to paint.
Colors were selected to use for the different warps, and different colors were created for other warps. Sometimes it became a group decision.
And, they're off and running!!!!
Carl painted several warps that he had ready.
Ann had her warp all planned out.
Sharen really got into painting her warp.
Meanwhile, in the living room, Tina was using the knitting machine to make me a bamboo blank to paint for a wrap.
And, Maggie was winding for her overshot project that she wants to weave.
And, this is one of our favorite things to do: EAT!
You gotta love this!!!! Pat had woven a long piece which she thought might make some napkins. But, it was decided that it had a lot more potential!!! Marta cut stamps using potatoes that she brought, and the group was off and running.
Finishing touches were added using the stem from one of the fallen leaves. Outstanding!!!!
Tina got her "blank" painted.
And Maggie got her long warp painted.
Whew.................I think we're all tired! But, we all LOVE warp painting....at least until tomorrow (or Monday) when we get to rinse these babies out!!!! I think we'll have another warp painting day in the future!
We knew that October could bring lots of variety of weather, and we've lucked up with a sunny (but cool) forecast.
Last night we thought we would pre-wash the warps, but we ended up sitting around the fire pit. Pat brought nibbles for us to enjoy as we discussed our new project. After soup & bread (and a really yummy salad that LaDonna and Ila brought) we watched Carol's DVD by Mollie Freeman and Sara Lamb: Warp Painting Plus. WOW! I'm finally seeing the possibilities of this!!!!
Carol has pre-mixed the dyes we'll be using today. So, in a few hours we'll be dabbing dye onto our warps.
Tina brought over her knitting machine to make blanks for those who want to try that method. I may do up some bamboo if we have time! That sounds like fun, too!!!
So, put on your apron and gloves, and get ready for a fun day! I'll add pictures tomorrow of our Retreat!
Happy Weaving & Dyeing!!!!
Friday, October 29, 2010
I love the colors against the natural tabby, in fact I have ordered 40 more cones of 8/4 cotton warp in natural, I already have the colors I need for the pattern weft. I can see that the pattern really needs more contrast than the yellow has to show up well. I could tell it pretty much from the first pattern shot, but I decided to go ahead and see how it looks once it is washed. I will be hemming these beauties this afternoon!
I have started gathering the things I want to take along. I will take it all over this evening because my daughter and I are participating in the Susan G. Komen race for the cure, Saturday morning, in Knoxville. All I want to take with me on Saturday is a change of clothes!
We will have our cameras with us this weekend and I am sure we will be keeping you all up to speed on our doings. I wish you could all come along, but then I don't think Lou Ann has quite that many beds!
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina
Logged 17.5 miles jogging, 16 miles walking
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I left last Wednesday for Asheville to set up for the Southern Highland Craft Guild show. DH came as well to help me with the lights. The fire marshall had made us all jump through hoops about the lights and fire retardant fabrics. I hope they don't think of something else to hassle us about!!!
So we were setting up racks and about to put the lights up when I realized we'd forgotten the 4 ft strips we attach the lights to. That meant that he had to go find a Home Depot and find some more strips. They weren't expensive, just took an extra hour to get it done. I have since changed my show list. It no longer just says lights. I have it broken down into components!!
The show ran from Thursday through Sunday. It's a long show but the hours are from 10 til 6. It used to be, back in the 80s, the show went til 9pm. Those were some awfully long hours, especially in the evenings when no one would be there.
I decided this time to take some pictures from my chair. These are the views I saw in the times I was just sitting and waiting. From my chair looking straight forward I saw a potter's booth, one that had painted floorclothes and Cannon's chair caning booth. Must be nice to just sit there all the time working on a chair, shooting the breeze with people, offering them a seat. Once they're comfortable in that recaned rocker, they often end up buying it!! At the end of the row a guy was demonstrating wood turning. He had some kind of primitive set up as well where they used part of a heavy tree branch that they anchored down well. From it was attached a rope that went around a piece of wood and down to a foot pedal that the operator pushed down. This caused the rope to move and the wood to turn. He had a tool that he used to shave off the bits of wood. By Sunday he had a nice piece that was turned. He got alot of attention. Even had some chairs there for people to sit on.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We have our Dyeing Weekend coming up, so there was lots of conversations about winding warps for that. We also covered the bases for what we're going to eat...that's VERY important!!!! (Ila and Bonnie brought us goodies this morning: homemade brownies and biscuits & blackberry jam! YUM!)
Bonnie was busy knotting her fringes on the rugs she cut off last week. Those looper rugs feel so good under your tootsies!
Tina was busy winding a 10 yard multi-color warp for "Bessie." These make nice placemats and table runners. It's also a great way to use up all the small cones of carpet warp we have in the crate!
Carl got to the end of his warp, and today was the day to cut it off! There were 19 placemats (plus a short mat) on that warp. You can see the roll around the cloth beam!!!
I can't believe I didn't get the shot of Marta cutting off her warp today! I was ready to take the shot, but she had to hem the last runner..........
Trudy, our new weaver, finished threading the heddles today, and was ready to start on the reed. She'll be weaving next week!!!!
There's a lot to do before our weaving retreat....but we'll post pictures this weekend. In the meantime, batten down the hatches for our windy evening ahead!
Monday, October 25, 2010
It's been a beautiful week at the farm. This was the early morning view from my kitchen last Tuesday. Around every corner is another amazing view of autumn, something I hope I never get tired of.
Inside the kitchen, it was fairly beautiful, as well. The lovely stuff to the left is strawberry consomme, one of the key ingredients in Pickled Beets and Strawberries. I made a trial batch this past week to see how many jars can be made from one 25-pound bag of beets. The answer is 35 16 ounce jars, in case you were also wondering. That means I need to buy 197 bags of beets to fill the order we have. And there are 25 pounds of strawberries draining into the container, yielding enough for two batches. There are 25 pounds of strawberries--give or take a little--in 3 flats of strawberries. That's 821 flats, though that doesn't sound right. Math is not always my strong suit.
I hope I'll see you all Saturday at LouAnn's! I'm just DYEING to go!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Soon, the others will be out of bed, and we'll start getting ready for the big day. This is the quiet time. I just keep thinking about that little girl I carried inside of me, held in my arms and I've watched her grow into a beautiful young lady. It's going to be a perfect day for a wedding!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Once I finished the light colored Bread Cloths, I realized that I didn't have any navy thread to do the dark ones. So I went on to the Rugs since I did have orange and black thread.
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina
Logged 15 miles jogging, and 17.5 miles walking
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I know that Tina just posted about Tuesday's adventures at the center but it's now Wednesday (after midnight) and I'm on the road again. I have to get up early to head over to Asheville to set up for the Southern Highland Craft Guild show again. This week I've spent alot of time finishing the pieces I wove. I've still got a small stack of things that aren't finished but I've got the majority of it done.
In July the fire marshall came by the show and decided that we have to all have our curtains be fire retardant with documentation to prove it. Well, mine aren't. In fact, they're just cheap cotton that I sewed to line the back of my panels. So I ordered some special fabric and today I sewed them. I think they'll work. I'll just use them at this show. My other shows I can use my old ones. I was thinking about cutting them up and putting them into placemats or rugs but I think I'll just keep using them for shows where they're not so strict!
She's in my studio between looms and near the wheel chair. Had to take the wheelchair out of my car because I was needing it to load. DD doesn't use the wheelchair unless she has to go a longer distance.
I wonder what I forgot......
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Bonnie finished up her warp of placemats, there were 5 in this batch, and she had already cut off several more, when the cloth beam was too full!
Other Bonnie, was cutting off her rug warp as well, this is the second batch from this warp, I think she may have gotten 8 rugs from this long warp!
This is where Carl left his warp today. He will cut it off next week.
Ladonna was showing some of our new weavers the shawl she made on her triangle loom, similar to the loom behind her. She has taken the odds and ends that we get donated to us here at the center, and made works of art!
I am finishing up a rug warp that I started 3 weeks ago, I had to pull out the half that I had already wound and refresh my memory a little before I continued with the rest of it. I am trying to use up some of the smaller cones of rug warp to make more room on the shelves.
And last but not least, I present to you, Trudy, our newest student hard at work, and already threading her loom.
It does seem like several looms always empty out at the same time doesn't it. There is talk about the new projects going on the looms, I heard other Bonnie talking about making some bags like Lou Ann makes at her house! I haven't heard what the other weavers are going to do, I guess we will all have to stay tuned to Loomy Tunes to find out.
Thanks for visiting, until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina, for all