Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Start 'em Young!!!


  I have often wished I had known my great-grandmothers, and I could have learned to weave from them.  But, I have been blessed with my weaving friends, who have shared their knowledge with me.

  Today, we had a young visitor who has been asking her mom about weaving since she saw it in one of her books.  Audrey's mom came by the Center yesterday, and found out that there would be weavers on Tuesday!!!  

  And, here she is!!!  Audrey got to see a loom being threaded and several folks were weaving.  Then it was time for Audrey to weave on a loom!!!  


  We were joined later by Isaiah and Elijah.  They took a turn on the table loom, and Pat showed them the big barn loom.  

  Their dad says that they want to learn to weave, too!!!

  Weaving isn't always so easy...after all, it takes three weavers to wind this bobbin!  I'm not sure about the whole story....maybe Charlotte will tell me.


  Betsy is winding on this colorful scarf warp (there's enough for three scarves.)  This will be her first time using all 12 shafts!!!!

  She has three colors picked out for the weft.  

I'll keep you updated!

We are really going all out for color!!!

Lou Ann's towel warp just makes you smile!

Marilyn just finished another towel on her loom this afternoon.

  Another color magnet!  Sneak a peek in her basket!  Shari just lets the yarn tell the story as she creates her one of kind scarves.

(Marie and I loaded a tub with "Shari yarn" for her to take home and play!!!)

  Bonnie is not happy!

  I know that look--  it's the pattern, not the people.  Time to regroup and reconsider!

  There's Tina and Pat--putting their heads together and making a plan!  Pat is weaving the hem for her three color clasp weave rug.  I think she's ready to weave some good ole rag rugs for a change of pace.

  Tina has some crossed threads coming off the warp beam that need to be attended to...the bumberet is threaded in threes, and she had to make adjustments.

She doesn't have a lot of room to work since we are a little crowded!  (Yes, that's another loom between Tina's loom and the barn loom.)  But, she only has 10 more inches on this blanket!!!

Ta Da!!!!  She did it!  That is two blankets/throws that are finished!!!

  Weaving is fun...and frustrating...and my favorite thing to do (especially with these folks!)

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

What's Up???


  Now that we are finished with the Foothills show, it's time to get back to business:  purging the tubs in the Annex before the big move to the new Annex.  Today, Pat has us organized sorting tubs with fabric.  We had some tubs of fabric strips that needed to be rolled into balls.  We separated wool from cotton, and sheets that could be dyed for placemats.  We have denim as well as blue jeans that can be used for rugs.

   It was all hands on deck as we worked through all the tubs.

  As Carol serged the hems on some newly woven projects, Betsy wound up strips of wool that will make some great rugs.

  When all the tubs were returned to the Annex, it was time to pull out the looms.  Marie did some repair work on the Baby Wolf that Liz uses.  She just has the right touch with anything mechanical!

Laura, Jocelyn and Margi had their own meeting about our logo, which is another goal we have for the new year.

  Bonnie has her loom threaded and sleyed, so now it's time to tie on the warp!  

  Carol is working with Courtney....her warp is on the loom!!!  (I apologized to Courtney for last week's picture.  She approved this one!)

  Linda has switched to a multi-colored weft for this towel.  Can you see how the colors form pools on the towel?

  I wanted to show you Pat's rug using three colors for the clasp weft.  (I think she's ready to do some rag rugs next!!!)

Enjoy your week!

Happy Weaving!!!


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

There and Back


   Go back in time to the morning of 4 November.  It's a sunny day, and Patty knew we'd need donuts to get us through our project!  As soon as I arrived with the grid panels, it was time to go to work.

  Pearl and Patty started on the first four sided kiosk.

  With the first one finished, Tina joined in on the second kiosk.

Having the power drill makes short work of the tiny screws.

  We also used three panels to make a stand alone triangle.

  Carol had arrived early and got her part of the booth set up, which gave her time to meet up with many friends in the Foothills Guild.

  The tables were set up and we started putting out the woven items for display.

  The kiosks were quickly filled with placemats, scarves and dishtowels.

Rugs were displayed on a tall sturdy rack.

  The trick is to display the items so that they really show!  
  These are Tina's bread cloths, and you really need to see them spread out to appreciate how lovely they are.

  It's such a good feeling when it all comes together!  

  Here we are back in the present...Marie is still on her computer!!!  Yes...all those items that didn't sell have to be checked in on the master list and returned upstairs.  
  (As we packed up the booth, we sorted the items that the individual weavers had for sell.  They either took them home on Sunday or took them today.)

And, it's back to the looms for the weavers:  Bonnie, Linda and Laura.

Get to work, Ladies:  Shirley, Marilyn and Lou Ann

Business as usual:  Liz, Susan and Pat.

And, welcome to our newest weaver, Courtney!!!!
(So sorry this picture does NOT do her justice!)

Yes, we've been busy!!!

Enjoy these lovely Fall days and
Happy Weaving!!!


Tuesday, November 2, 2021




  That sound you heard coming from the studio was the result of two different activities in this space.  Above you can see the weaving ladies working at their looms.  There's always a lovely chatter and the sound the looms make as they treadle and beat.

   There is the whisper of quiet conversations as we get the input from other weavers.  (Note how close the warp has come to the heddles!!!  Is Jocelyn playing loom chicken???)

  Actually, Jocelyn cut off her placemat warp soon after I took the other picture!  Carol got the edges serged so Jocelyn could take them home to hem and wet finish.

   Barbara also came to the end of her warp.  All done!!!!

Meanwhile, some of us started pulling stock from upstairs to take to the Foothills show.  Sharon pulled shawls, scarves, placemats and towels to add to our inventory for the show.  We also pulled rugs (especially ones that Carl wove.)

Marie pulled double duty...she attached the tags after Carol got the items tagged.  Then Marie entered all the items into the computer inventory for the show!
Oh, and did I say that Marie also loaded up her van with tubs and equipment for the show?
Pat, Tina and I pulled the grid panels out of storage, and found the bags and other items we would need for the weekend.
After a frantic search, we found the hardware we needed to connect the pieces!!!!
  The vans are loaded, and we'll meet up on Thursday to set up our booth.  I'll try to post some pictures for you this weekend.

Busy, busy, busy.....

Happy Weaving

Tuesday, October 26, 2021



  These ladies crack me up!  I told them to look happy, and they burst out laughing!  Patty is busy threading her warp while Jocelyn is just weaving away on her placemats.

Both Lou Ann and Liz are sleying their reeds.  We're making progress!

  Betsy and Barbara are weaving on their beginning warps as Carol offers encouragement and advice.  Sharen is weaving off the warp on the other table loom just in case we get a new student.  That's a yarn donation left on the table for the weavers.  It looks like a lot of wool for any one that interested!

Marie was playing Santa as she handed out the newly ordered heddles for Betsy's loom.  She also found some "clips" that Patty had been looking for.  It's the little things that keep us happy!

  Pat is deep in thought as she creates her newest rug.  She carefully charted out the pattern for the middle of the rug.  Look for more next week!

  Here's a close up of Shirley's new scarf.  The black weft really sets off the colors and the pattern.

  Shirley got some good weaving time in today.  So did Pearl!  We think we found a mistake.......  Is it the threading or the treadling????

  Shirley is also in charge of the snack supplies.  She keeps us stocked up and the supply goes fast after classes during the week.

  Oh, yes!  We had another donation of fiber magazines.  Those stacks were much smaller by the end of the day.  Old issues of Handwoven do not last very long!

  Enjoy your fall days!!!

Happy Weaving!


p.s.  I finished threading the Hollywood Rug warp and started sleying the reed this afternoon!!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Welcome Back!



  Welcome back, Ms. Ila!  It was a perfect day for her to join us at weaving.  She had a lot of catching up to do with her weaving friends.

  Everyone was so happy to see her, and we're glad she was able to join us.

  Carol checked in on her students.  Barbara is finding that it is slowly coming back to her, all those little steps!

  Marie was kept hopping as folks needed a little help.  This is Diane's first time on a floor loom, and Marie showed her the foot brake and the warp advance.

  I think she's got the hang of it, don't you?  That's one happy camper!

  Pat has finished her three color clasp weave rug, and now she's planning something new.  We'll have to stay tuned to see her new creation.

These ladies look like they're up to something!  

  Look at what Carol has been working on at home!!!  WOW!  It's all hand stitched.

Since we're getting closer to showtime, Laura decided today would be a good day to cut off the finished placemats.  That is ten more placemats for the show.  (And plenty of time to get them hemmed!)

Guess what we did today????  Our first Potluck in over a year!  Welcome back!!!

Happy Weaving!