First, I worked on the towels on Tootsie. I finished one yesterday, and worked on the second today, until I noticed a row of bumps where they shouldn't have been, about an inch away. I didn't feel like unweaving an inch of fine threads, so I moved on.
I've had a flurry of cutting things out this week, too, cutting out blouses, a skirt and a suit cut from my fabric stash. I got this cute pattern in the mail Thursday, and cut it out two ways, out of leftovers. I'll post photos when they're done.
Today was supposed to be a sewing day, but once I got the stuff cut out, I wasn't in the mood. I started threading the tapestry loom. Now, I don't know about you, but I warp most of my looms alone, and it's sometimes a little frustrating, and sometimes, I wonder if I know what I'm doing, but today, I had no idea what I was doing! The tapestry loom is like a floor loom up in the air. The back beam is the highest point, the front beam the lowest and the heddles are about chest high.
I went back and forth between the living room and the loominaria, trying to figure out how to start. I tied on to the back warp beam, put in the lease sticks, and started winding on. As I wound on, I realized there's no way to keep tension on this loom. I'm sure there must be, and it might be connected to broken part that Allan is making anew, but I can't figure it out right now. I've got the warp wound on, and have just started to thread the heddles. That, by the way, is much easier than on a floor loom. The threads are dangling through the lease sticks above the heddles, and I stand in front, pulling them through right at chest height. It's very comfortable! I am not crazy about the heddles, though. They don't have very big openings, and I had to switch from my threading hook to a crochet hook. I might replace them when this warp is done.
The subject of the first tapestry is narrowing, probably something like flowers in a field, something where the sky doesn't matter too much, because of the dark blues I have. We'll see!
And today, I received some new knitting magazines, full of elegant, easy to knit designs. I've been drooling over them this afternoon, and I'll narrow down the possibilities later, according to what's in the stash.
A busy week here! Staying warm while the snow flakes fly, stop, fly some more, dwindle, stop... You get the idea.
Stay warm, and happy weaving! or sewing, knitting, spinning...