Friday, July 29, 2011
Summer time is just too crazy for that!
I have finished the 2 light pink "Kings Flower" Blankets and just yesterday was able to wind enough of the light blue bobbins to do 2 blankets in that lovely color in the same pattern. (For a change, I don't even have to cut the woven blankets off the cloth beam to fill an order or to give as a gift, I can just keep weaving. I suppose that means that I am caught up or something!)
I was working on something computerish, and it involved downloading a bunch of stuff, so a lot of waiting time. Well, I thought, I can wind those bobbins and be ready to weave when I can fit it in! I pulled out my spindle wheel and popped those bobbins onto the spindle, and I went to town treadling. I can fill the bobbins much faster like this rather than the handcrank winder. I have had to start using the cork from the end of the spindle wheel to hold the bobbins in place, it is just too much friction for my skin.
When I am done with the blue blankets I will switch over to my other loom that has the "Cat Tracks and Snail Trails" pattern, and repeat the process. 2 pink and 2 blue blankets. Then I may branch out and try some of the darker colors that I have pre-treated so that they won't bleed. I think I will do a good 10inch swatch and wash it in cold water. (I am really needing the confirmation that the pre-treating has taken care of the problem.) I have plenty of colors that I know are good, so I have been staying away from those others.
I am almost ready to rethread the Cat Tracks pattern to something different. I had one chosen, but I can't quite remember it. That will probably happen late September though. I want to have several blankets in each pattern for the Foothills Craft Guilds Fall Show, in late November. I plan to have at 12 to 15 blankets, maybe more. That would be 5 of each pattern if I rethread. Then Overshot mug rugs, and maybe a few rugs. It should be a good show with lots of variety.
I am happy with my progress and my new found peace,
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina