Now that’s progress

23 12 2008

Just thought I’d update you on what’s going on in the studio.

I’m posting pics of Susan’s multiple slub twill scarves, Jody’s simultaneously woven scarves, Amy’s double-weave baby blanket, Brit’s new warp, and my struggle with the 8 harness pinwheel.

Here is a series of pics of Susan’s lime green scarf, pink scarf, and burgundy scarf. There is yet another on the loom tonight(unless she has finished it already.) Susan is a very quick weaver.  She put a long warp on, and spend the majority of time making sure to do it right, wove 2-3 scarves, then used that as a dummy warp, and wove 4 more scarves on that alpaca silk warp.  She was weaving a scarf a day on lunch break, and after work.  And her work is excellent work done in fine threads.

Then, Jody is still working on the simultaneous scarf project. She is weaving 2 at once and it’s been a lesson for everyone that doing 2 at once doesn’t mean working twice as fast. It’s a laborious process, but the scarves are lovely.

Then Amy’s very dense warp will be a double-woven baby blanket.  She counted heddles at the beginning, but still had to add 12 heddles.  It does pay to count very carefully.  hpim40041

Brit is measureing out a red chenille scarf here, and should finish tieing it onto the dummy warp next week, and weave it off.  She has had a very productive session. hpim39911I’m working on this horrible 8 shaft pinwheel, and using a wordless Color and Weave book.  I wish I had threaded it 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 in each color and alternated, rather than 1,2,3,4 and alternate.  Well, there is plenty of warp there for me to weave one in this, and one in the other, ad infinitum.  I have not transferred the super clips for the baby mac, so I’m having to tie it up with shoe lace. After buying a hundred nylon zip ties, tying all the treadles up, and finding that they don’t work, I’ve cut them off, am redoing the shoelace, and will ultimately try texsolve tie up  on this, as I really don’t like the clips I have for this Mac. Love the Mac, just have difficulty with popping the clips off the lamms.  One nice thing about this loom is that it’s small enough to be put up on the countertop and work on the tie-up at eye level.  hpim40051

If there is more I was going to say, I’ve forgotten it in my sleep deprived stupor. I’ve gotta go to bed.

I miss my friend who is in Spain!  Hi to her and her hubby. Hope you are having a blast (I know you are cause you two are so wonderful together).

G’night for now.


Pictures of the studio today

17 12 2008

Well, the new table is exactly what the studio needed. I’m posting pictures of the new table, and how nice it is in the studio, as well as the piece my husband built for me, and of Amy warping a very cumbersome looking warp!  We worked side by side in the studio for several hours today.

I want to thank Charlie and Frank for bringing the table and chairs up (22 stairs) to the studio, and Happy Birthday Charlie!


Activity in the studio today

16 12 2008

Today was a little amazing in the studio. My husband built a piece of furniture I needed in the new space.  There was a 36″ space that was 62″ long.  I couldn’t put looms there because it would block the doorway (it’s sort of like a hall), but I desparately needed some storage and some desktop space.

I drew up a plan for a 62″ long 36″ deep cabinet and my husband built it.  It has a base that has shelves to store my portable sewing machines on one side, but the other side is open and will accomodate the dorm size refridgerator.  The counter top is recycled laminate flooring, and the upper portion is 12″ deep shelves on the to 6.5′, and open on the other side for storing and using the warping mill.  Above 6.5′, The uppermost foot is a 62″ long shelf.

I can put the microwave, fridge, printer, coffeemaker, fridge, sewing machines, warping mill, and MUCH more all on this one cabinet!!!  It also provides a place for us to use the manual and/or the electric bobbin winders, the swift, finally has a place to clamp.  This is my Christmas present, and it’s a wonderful gift.  If I get a chance, I’ll post pics.  Don’t expect ‘pretty’, the beauty of this is it’s functionality, how perfectly it fits the space, and how completely my DH followed my diagram. WOW.

Then for the not so great news.  I’m working on a bamboo warp.  It’s 400 ends, set between 24 and 32 epi (i don’t know which yet because I’m trying to work out a goof-up).  The warp is for a 8-shaft pinwheel draft, so I have 200 ends in green, and 200 in blue.  The colors are supposed to alternate: 4 blue ends, 4 green ends.  The problem is that I measured out the warps separately, and didn’t integrate them as I measured them.  Generally, I dress the loom back to front, and I’m in a funk over how to integrate the warps now.  The blue is in the raddle, and I can’t figure out how to get the green in the raddle, and on the same lea sticks with the blue!!!!!! UGH!!! HHHHMMMMMMM!!!!!!!(remember, that’s my very bad curse word).

I’ll probably wind up dressing it from front to back, and just consider this a lesson. I mean we have all just gotten so excited about a project that we jumped into it without thinking through what we were doing, right?  OH well, I’ll have fun working it out, and my students always get a big chuckle out of my mistakes.

Jane, one of my students, got a table and 6 chairs for the studio today.  They are coming into the studio tomorrow.  Very exciting.  Now, while I’m still shifting things mentally is the perfect time for this big item to come in.  We will use the table for the knitting and needlework classes, as well as the cutting table for the sewing classes.  My how we are growing!

More later. Hope this isn’t too long.

g’night. cherri

15 12 2008

Alice Coppa has tagged me in a video tag. I hate to disappoint you, but my 6th photo in the 6th album is a photo of a student inserting the warp rod on a Penelope II tapestry loom.

Here it is:hpim3832

I think I’m supposed to tag five folks now, so I’m tagging



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A full House or studio

7 12 2008

Today was a very busy day in the new studio. There were 6 floor loom weavers, and a table loom weaver.  There is actually room for all of this!  If we weren’t up and down, warping and such, we could accomodate 2-3 more, but wouldn’t want to do that.  There are enough floor looms for 11 people. It works best, though if half are in one class, and half in another because being a teacher in a setting like that is a lot like being the ball in a pinball machine.

The new projects are a couple of chenille scarves, and a handspun/handwoven scarf.  Another new project is the sampler from Marguerite Davison’s  patternbook p. 13.  The student doing that is using a bright green warp with silver flecks in it. Each pattern is being woven as an individual ‘doily’.  The first was Christmas red.  I love the looks of the piece, and the student is really enjoying weaving patterns and learning how to read the drafts:0) Remember those joys?!

One student finished her alpaca silk scarf, another is still workin on an alpaca silk scarf, another is still working on rag rugs, and yet another is still working on weaving the 2 scarves simultaneously.  No one is on the tapestry loom.

We took the tapestry off the loom from the Bethlehem Walk (my church’s project), and have decided to save it and put it up in the tapestry booth again next year.  The loom was a very cool success, as was the BW ministry.

I must go for now, as it is well after midnight and I’m zaust’d.


Weaving 2 scarves simultaneously on one loom

1 12 2008

After moving into the new space on Friday, we held class on Sunday.  It was wonderful!  Today, I shot some of the things going on, and one student has chosen to weave 2 scarves simultaneously on the same loom.  I’m attaching photos. 

We also have the big warping mill in the studio.  It’s a GREAT way to measure out our warps.  It’s fast and fun.  You just have to have the right space for such a piece of equipment.  I’ve included a picture of that also.

Hope you are having as much fun weaving as we are.