Tuesday, November 24, 2020



Barbara, Shirley and Lou Ann

  I am really thankful for my fiber friends!

  Liz's sister, Barbara, was visiting us today, and went right to work helping Lou Ann wind on her six yard warp.  

  We had quite a discussion about using paper as a warp separator vs. using sticks.  (To each their own!) 





Yes, another Tuesday morning where we are greeted by a donation from someone's stash.  Carol sorted through the assortment pulling out the ones that could be used for rugs or placemats. 

(See that red check fabric?  It came home with me!)




  I'm very thankful for the weavers who came before us!  

  Betsy is using a draft from Strickler's book that has several treadlings.  I really like this one!!! 

  That book, along with so many others, are springboards for our creativity.





Finished projects!


  It's always a good feeling to finish a project.  Liz cut off her warp of two scarves this afternoon.  Now it's time to twist those fringes!



Liz, Barbara, Lou Ann and Carol

   I am so thankful for mild weather at the end of November!!!!!  We were able to enjoy the afternoon sunshine, and each other's company.

Marie and Shirley

     A light jacket or shawl came in very handy.


    Have a warm, safe Thanksgiving, my fiber friends.  We are thankful for you, too!


Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

What Makes You Smile?



  Color makes me smile!

Gina is getting ready to start a project at home, and these were the colors she wanted to use.  (I don't think she intends to use them all in the same project....just so you know.)

  This array was on the table when I came into the Studio, and I couldn't help myself....SMILE!


 Marie always makes me smile.  

She was working in the Shop today, and I had some things I needed to do.  (The Center depends on end of the year donations to close the gap, just like most non-profits.)  Plus, I wanted suet feeders for Christmas presents....there was only one left!  But, Marie called the woodworker and ordered me another one.

  It will be there waiting next Tuesday!!!!

  That's real customer service, Marie! 




  Oh, those towels!

I just love the use of color for the bands. 






  The warp is threaded....now let's sley the reed.

What color will she use for the weft????

We'll get to see next week!

  Seeing Shirley each week makes me smile!




  Cram and spaced placemats....it's just plain weave, but this makes it so interesting.

  Sometimes it's the little things that make us smile.

Good job, Mary!



  It's so nice to see Helen back with us.  She's going to make some mug rugs....let's wind a warp!  

  Carol is always on hand to help out.



  I promised a close-up of Linda's towel warp:  this is Strickler's #82.  (It's one of my favorite patterns!)

  The whole personality of the towel will change when she changes the color!







Linda, Marie and Sharon

Shirley, Carol and Betsy

Pearl and Peggy












Lunch time with these folks always makes me smile!  

We share stories, books, projects.  WOW!  We're so lucky!

Stay safe, my fiber friends....wear those masks and keep your distance!

Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

     Yes.....shorts and short sleeves!!!  It was one of those days that make it difficult to stay inside.  The Tuesday Weavers took this opportunity to just enjoy lunch and the wonderful company of friends.

 Since this is November, we are all aware that this lovely 82 degree day will soon be a memory.....so we'll enjoy it all we can!


 Inside, work continues.

Shirley has started threading the scarf warp.  She chose a four shaft birdseye pattern for the dyed bamboo.






  Marie is still weaving on the shawl pattern (when she isn't being asked questions!)  

  We still have some items that are missing their bar code, and they have to be found on the inventory.  Never a dull moment!




  I think Liz has gotten into the rhythm of weaving the chenille scarves.  Someone is going to LOVE the softness!





  Oh, yes!!!   You can see the pattern now!  Betsy has finished the color band and she's back to weaving the body of the towel.




  Patty has already started on the second placemat today!  The roll of wider mats were serged by Carol, and Patty will take them home to hem and wash.




  Now we're rolling!  Mary has already finished the first placemat and she's weaving the hem right now.  Then, it's on to the second one!




   Pat just keeps on keeping on!  There are already several rugs on the cloth beam, and she keeps on weaving!







  You could just see them in Pat's picture:  Lou Ann is winding a placemat warp in light blue to put on one of the Pups.  



   Yes....we caught Carol getting to weave today!  I think she's wanting to empty the loom for the next project!  Wonder what she has in mind??????

  Take care, my fiber friends.

Keep those masks handy, and keep your distance!!!!

Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

First Tuesday of November


  Some things never change...placemats come off the loom, and it's time to serge the hems.  Carol took over that job with the ones Patty cut off her loom.

  You'll notice Carol's copy of Tommye Scanlin's new book, The Nature of Things, on the table.  Carol brought it to share with us today, and told each of us to look on page 11.   It's a picture taken here at the Center when Tommye taught a class a few years ago.

  You can read more about Tommye's book on her blog:  Works In Progress.  It's listed on the right hand panel on this blog. 


   Shirley got busy counting heddles as she prepares to start a project on the Mighty Wolf.

Will she choose an eight shaft pattern???

We'll have to wait and see......





Marie was ready to be back at the loom today....now where in the pattern are you????

We're just glad to have Marie back and super happy that her hubby is home from the hospital.




  Liz's chenille scarf is weaving up nicely.  The colors are having a party as she weaves!!!!






Mary is off and running....weaving on her white placemat warp.  She's going to do a set of white on white to begin with.   

  It will be fun to see what she does after that.




  Right now it's a tone on tone towel, but Betsy will be switching to blue weft.  That will show up so much better in a photo!



 What are you pondering, Patty????


Ah, yes.....you need to re-sley your reed, right???

 We'll brainstorm ideas for the panels you wove....I like your idea of turning the placemats.  You might have started a new fad!




  Linda has started this towel in a heathered blue.  I'll get a close up picture next week.  This is #82 in Strickler's A Weaver's Book of 8 Shaft Patterns.  

  Isn't it fun to try out new patterns!!!!



  You can see Marilyn's placemat take shape!  

She's using five strands of 8/4 for the weft.






  Gina has conquered hemstitching!!!!  Carol is so proud of her newest student!  

  Gina has declared that she LOVES weaving!  Guess she's one of us!!!!


   The wind was chilly but the sun was warm.  Another lunch outside!!!

If this had been a normal year, we would be getting ready for the Fall Foothills show today.  


Since we aren't doing as much production weaving, Pat has been trying some weave structures at home.


Boundweave has lots of possibilities!!!!  






      Pat also decided to tackle another embroidery project using the fall leaves in her yard. 

  Great job, Pat!

Shout out to Tina:  get well soon!


Stay safe, fiber friends!

Wear those masks and keep social distance!

Happy Weaving!