Tuesday, June 15, 2021

All In A Day's Work



 The Annex Crew got an early start this morning before it got too hot.  Any fiber that was not in a tub has to go to a new home!!!!

  Gloves and masks are a must!!!! 




It already looks 100% better inside.  








  I'm sure that Sheri is wondering about all the bustle going on in the studio.  Today she will be starting her weaving journey (although I think she might already know a little bit about it!)





  Victoria is getting some tips from Charlotte.  (We all step up to help our newer weavers when they have a question.)  Diane will be starting a warp on one of the floor looms next week.




Then it was time for Victoria to take her first warp off of the loom.  That's always such a joy!!!!





  Here's an up close look at Tina's bumberet warp.  She finally has it just the way she wanted it!




  Marie and I got the rakes turned on the Studio loom before lunch.  That means we'll be winding a long warp for some Hollywood rugs!!!!  Mary and Patty will be weaving those.



 Lunchtime is also meeting time.

A big Thank You to Pearl for representing us on the Board.

Hugs go out to Peggy....she broke her arm!!!!  (That might put a damper on her knitting and weaving.)

Thanks to Marie for all the bookkeeping!

Last (but never the least,) Thank You, Carol, for all you do!


Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Getting It Done!


  Through the years, we have been gifted with the libraries of former weavers.  This has resulted in multiple copies of some books.  As we clean out the Annex, we are also working on our space inside the Studio.  


You know the books I'm talking about:  Key To Weaving, The Art of Weaving, Warping All By Yourself.  

  Those used to be staples of a new weavers' library.  But, we don't need this many copies.

  Sharon and I have started weeding the bookshelves to make room for our expanded library.  These copies will find homes with new weavers.

 Carol and Marie keep track of our progress as we work through our to-do list.

  And, Carol has new items to add to the shop upstairs.


 And weaving continues....Susan started an overshot project this afternoon...her first!

  Patty did this sample project at home using several new to her techniques!  Oh, what fun!!!!


We will just keep on getting it done!


Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

First of June!



  It's warming up around here (finally!)  So, today was lunch in the studio.

  We had a lot to discuss while we enjoyed our lunches.  

  Carol went over the Certificate of Excellence from  the Handweavers Guild of America....just in case anyone was interested.

Pat brought us up-to-date on rug stand for the shop.  She's on the Shop committee now, and that issue should get solved.

  There isn't a lot of space around the tables, so Shirley and Lou Ann ate at their looms.

  Patty and Jocelyn ate at their looms, also.  (It's still close enough to hear what is being said.)


  Mary has the best spot in the studio for chatting with the weavers!  Bobbins have to be wound.......right, Shirley???

I am so excited to see the weaving on this warp!  Patty is just doing a straight twill, and it really pops!




I just knew that Betsy's towels were amazing when I saw them on the loom....but, they are even more beautiful finished!!!!  Great job, Betsy!

 Linda has changed colors again!!!!  These towels have so many possibilities!

Now...this is a Kodak moment!!!  Gina has been weaving on her first warp at home, but her work keeps her from coming on Tuesdays.  She stopped by to get Carol's advice.

  Carol sent me a picture of Gina sitting inside the hatchback hemstitching!!!!!  Sadly, I can't download it to my computer to put on the blog!

A weaver just has to weave!!!!

Stay safe & happy!


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

It's A Village!





Another new weaver!!!  A warm welcome to Crystal as she starts her weaving journey!  You've come to the right place!



  It's always great to see Linda.  She's getting ready to leave for Kenya for a mission trip.  I can't wait to hear all about it when she returns!



Guess who else popped by???  Cathy and Paula are ready to get back to weaving after taking some time off.  We're so glad they'll be with us again!!!!



  Take a look at Bonnie's new knee!!!  You know what that means.....she's ready to weave!








Mary is back from her travels, and that means more placemats!





  Jocelyn is tying on her fall table runner warp.  This means she's ready to start weaving....YEAH!





 You should hear Marilyn's travel itinerary!  She's going on a scenic drive out west to get to her family reunion in Texas!  Another trip we'll get to hear about!



  The first scarf on Liz's loom is done!!!  (There's enough warp for one more!)  Liz will be twisting the fringes before she wet finishes.





It looked like a conclave back at Betsy's loom this morning.  Susan (on left) watches as Marie and Betsy wind on that colorful warp.





  Pat is all smiles as she weaves this "hit or miss" rug.  We do have a lot of fabric we need to use!






Marie's been busy at home.  What do you do with your leftover fabric???  Here's some great ideas!



 It was finally time to cut off the mug rug warp.  I only have one orange one in this batch, but there are ten more to go.

  I'll get them wet finished this week, and Carol can put them in the shop next week.

  We tried to get Linda to join the Tuesday Weavers, but she is going to decline for now.  The Beading group meets on Wednesday, so Linda was a day early!!!!  We could keep her!!!!

Have a good week!

Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Problem Solving


  Have you ever seen an item that you would like to weave, and you need to figure out what the weave structure is????  That's what is going on here!

  Patty had a picture that we all looked at, and after much discussion, and looking closely at the pictures, we decided that it was huck!!!!

  Our greatest asset is the community of weavers and our wonderful library! 



  I wanted to give you a close up of Liz's scarf in progress.  The photo does not do it justice!!!  The gold warp has a lovely sheen.  




Betsy was busy counting out threads for her bouts before she starts to wind them on the loom.  This really is a colorful warp!








  Tina has started sleying the reed for the blanket/throw.  This is another one of those projects that we are waiting to see take shape!

  Since we didn't know what Bonnie had in mind for this warp, Tina did some problem solving (and lots of counting!)  It was wide enough to make a baby blanket or throw, so, that's what it will be!!!




  Uh-oh!  Too many heddles on the left side!  That will interfere with the warp as it advances, so Tina is carefully taking them off the bar.  Notice that she is using a needle to thread them--less chance they will end up in a tangle!


 It was good to see Susan today.  She brought back her table loom for the next new student to use next week.  Today she got the chance to take a look around the studio and see all the new projects.





  This means that Diane and Victoria won't be the newbies any longer!  




  Charlotte was gifted with  a bunch of thrums from Carol's stash.  Charlotte does amazing weaving with all our leftovers, and this will be like Christmas looking at all the beautiful threads!




  Pat's on mission to use up fabric strips in her rugs.  This rug is using three different fabrics as weft.




  Look who dropped by to visit!!!!

  He found another cone of thread, and just thought he'd drop it by.  He was at the Highland Games this weekend, and said he had a great time.


   Lunch outside.....isn't it lovely!!!


  Just spending time with our friends!






 ****Just a little tease.....

I missed getting a picture of Linda at her loom, but this is the project we worked on after we left the Center.  Her husband has the BEST workshop!!!!


Stay tuned for more information.


Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Sunshiny Day


  What a difference a week makes!  Although we are now in "blackberry winter," the sunshine makes the days so pleasant!

  Cheryl finished weaving her first warp, and now comes the proud moment to cut it off the loom!



  Now, she gets to learn about "repair" procedures!  Carol is showing Cheryl how to needle weave a spot that has a mistake.  This is a skill that will come in handy from time to time!







  Another skill???  Adding more heddles!

Shirley and Marilyn needed to add some heddles to this shaft for the pattern they are planning.

  Tricky little things, aren't they!!!




  Liz is weaving the scarf that Bonnie had wound.  The black weft makes the pattern pop on this gold warp.






  Patty has done a fantastic job adding the stripes to this dyed warp.  I know that she's ready to get started!






  Jocelyn was with us this morning working on her brown warp.  






Tina is almost finished threading, and she's really wanting to start weaving this pattern!  The bumberet is a new structure for her!




  Betsy will be using this space dyed warp to weave fabric for more bowl cozies.  





  Ah-ha!  A meeting of the minds!  How fun to take a minute and catch up with friends!  Marie, Sharon, Linda and I took the time to chat.




  Linda is using some brown crochet thread as weft in this run of towels.  I'm looking forward to see what happens when it is wet finished....will it make a difference?





Carol was kept busy helping her students, Victoria and Cheryl.  There are so many questions and so much to learn....but, isn't it great fun!!!




  Lunch outside in the sunshine was amazing!  Pearl joined us and gave an update on the new annex.  It's looking like it will be awhile, but we are on the way!

  Peggy is busy writing a grant for her husband's business, so she couldn't join us.  Maybe next week.....


   I bet you think Charlotte is knitting....but, she's working on un-tangling a hank of thread.   Charlotte is so great at using up bits and pieces of yarn and thread...none can be wasted!

An update on Laura...she and her husband, Patrick, have made it to Florence, AL, and it looks like they are having a grand ole time!


Enjoy the sunshine &

Happy Weaving!