Studio closing- temporarily

2 11 2010

Word does seem to have gotten out. Yes, the studio is closing, but the plan is to close from 3/31/2011 and re-open on 4/1/2012. I’m taking a year to cycle 15,000 miles or so around the U.S. including Alaska, and can’t keep the studio open during that time. It’s been so much fun acquiring my equipment, that I want to do it all again upon my return, so what I have is or will be for sale.

The studio needs to continue to pay for itself until the lease is up  at the end of March, so people are viewing, and making deposits on their equipment or buying it and leaving it until the end of  March.

Equipment for sale is as follows (date it can be removed from the studio is in parenthesis):

Leclerc Tissart upright tapestry loom with 2 harnesses                       (immediate removal is available)

Leclerc Artisat 45″ floor loom   – 4 harness                                              (March 25)

Macomber 16 shaft, 48″ loom with 2 sectional beams + much more   (Immediate removal is available)

Macomber 22″    8 shaft loom (baby mac)                                                (Immediate removal)

Harrisville 45″    4 harness floor loom                                                        (March 25)

8 harness Leclerc Compact 24                                                                     (March 25)

Leclerc Penelope, table top tapestry loom                                                  (November 8)

Kromski Fiddle                                                                                                 (November 8)

Beka rigid heddle loom 20″                                                                            (November 8)

Leclerc Bergere                                                                                                 (November 8)

Schacht 4 harness table loom without reed                                               (November 8)

Assorted rigid heddle looms                                                                         (November 8)

Lillstina 4 harness canti-lever loom                2500 texsolve heddles   (Immediately)

Freestanding horizontal warping mill or reel                                             (Immediately)

hand crank bobbin winder                                                                            (immediately)

wooden swift                                                                                                    (immediately)

Strauch drum carder – petite                                                                         (immediately)


small loom weaving class – thurs. nights

9 09 2009

I’m beginning a small looms weaving class on Thursday nights from 6:30 – 9:00.

The first session will meet from 9/24 – 10/15.  It’s 10 instructional hours.

This is in the far west end of Richmond, VA.  Contact me if you are interested.  It’s rigid heddle looms, table looms, frame looms, and tapestry looms.

I’ve also posted a couple of wetfelting-by-hand classes. hat-felting, and rug felting, and a weekday and weeknight sewing class.  HOpe this helps some of you that I had to put on the waiting list.  visit the ‘contact me’ page for information on how to reach me if you have questions.  Much love.


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

Notes on Spinning

6 09 2008

Last night, I taught a spinning class in Charlottesville.  I just wanted to say what a lovely group it is, and to post some reminders, for you, and for me.

2. Work on the continuous drafting. Watch to insure you aren’t releasing your measuring hand resulting in pinch and push techniques.

3.  Keep the draft zone under tension.  Allowing a ‘loose’ draft zone can result in a very woolen looking yarn.  Tension keeps the fibers parallel, giving a smoother surface  to your yarn.

4.  Find harmony with your wheel.  If you aren’t comfortable with your wheel, or your sitting position, height of orifice, etc, your yarn will reflect this.

5. When spinning a single, it should spin back on itself when allowed to drape.  It isn’t spun too tightly just because it does.  As a matter of fact, look at what it looks like when it plies back on itself.  If it looks like a yarn that you want, then you are probably putting enough twist in it.

6.  Don’t consider your homework WORK.  If you enjoy spinning, your homework should be about 20% of what you spin this week.  Spin 20 min, and if you are frustrated, take a break and come back to it.  Almost without fail, beginning students say that walking away from their spinning and returning an hour or more later makes for an improvement in their yarn.

homework was to spin a bobbin of singles, and to then navajo ply it.

7Sorry, Make that #1. Have Fun!  It will reflect in your yarn.

For me, a reminder of what some of you want to do in this class:

1. Work with flax, bamboo, and camel

2. Charkha

3. Wool combs and worsted spinning

4.  Saxony wheel

5.  Plying

6.  Learn to asses the quality of yarn produced, and analyze problems/issues

If I haven’t covered everything, or if you want something added, please e-mail me

maidensweaver at earthlink dot net   or leave a comment on this blog.


Hope everyone made it home safely. And I’ll see you next week.

12 08 2008

The kids class this week is called “Gettin Stitchy”. It’s an opportunity for me to help kids learn stitch sewing and embroidery related fiber arts. The direction of the class is open to the kids determining the direction.  I began yesterday with an embroidery opportunity, because I didn’t know what project, or direction they might want to go. I also took sewing machines for a basic lesson in using the machine, sewing a straight line, sewing a zigzag line, stitch length, and width.  The kids loved it.

They are all interested primarily in embellishment techniques, specifically embroidery, but would like to have a split class that focuses on teaching a few new embroidery stitches each day, and they will practice it, then the second half of the class we will work on the construction of a stuffed animal on the sewing machines.  The stuffed animal will be very similar to Doozie, the bear I made 18 months ago with the Art After School kids in the city.  Doozie has an embroidered face, with a hand-felted nose, an embroidered naval, and fingernails, hairplugs, etc.

It’s a fun class that will combine the two areas these kids wanted to work on.  The embroidery piece they will work on from day to day is 18″ X 36″, so when they finish embellishing the one side, they can sew it up, and make a pillow from it.  They will leave class with a 22″ stuffed animal, an 18″ pillow, the ability to do about 12 embroidery stitches, and a new knowledge of how to safely use a simple sewing maching.  I’m using Janome machines.

Here are pics of our first day:

Stay tuned for more on this wonderful class.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love to teach.  It’s about as much fun as weaving…. and spinning….and felting…well, you get the point.

Learn to Weave in a Weekend Results

29 06 2008

As I try to learn WordPress, I am humbled by my own naivete. I have uploaded the pictures from the Learn to Weave in a Weekend class to my Flickr account (maidensweaver), and have done the administrative stuff for flickr to share them, but am to brain tired to figure out the rest tonight.
I’ll upload a few pics here, and my impression at the end of the class….just for you. Then, if you want to see the rest of the pics, you can check out flickr, until I rest, and educate myself.
We began Friday night with 2.5 hours of class. The students received a vocab list, a syllabus and a tour of the building. We talked about each student’s expectations for the class, and their goals regarding weaving in general. One lady owns a loom.
Once I knew their needs, I could determine my role in this. We planned their projects, determining epi, warp length, etc and made a guide string. The lady with a loom has a warping board, so she learned on our board, instead of using the warping mills. Then we tied the warp with choke ties, and ties that preserve the cross, inserted lea sticks, and ties the lea sticks to the loom. That ended Friday for most of us. One student began winding on, and she threaded the heddles completely on Friday night.
Saturday, we had 6 hours, so those who weren’t threading heddles began. So on Sat, we threaded heddles, and sleyed the reed until about 2 pm, then we began weaving.
The students wove, under my supervision until 4pm, and then the days class was over, and I had to leave. They used the remaining hour that the art center was open for open studio time.
Sunday, they finished weaving off their pieces, and some hem-stitched, others ties fringes, etc.
One student made a 8″ change in her weaving right in the center. That meant that as she approached the end of her weaving she came up short. Not wanting to disappoint, I attempted to help her get min. waste by extending the back apron rod so it came to within an inch of the heddles, and we removed her reed from the beater. Well, it worked. We had to have another student lifting and really pushing down certain harnesses, but the student was able to achieve a balance of the symmetery of her piece. I learned there is such a thing as zero-waste weaving!
You will see this in the flickr photos.
Here you will see a tapestry wall hanging in rag and yarn, a tapestry rag rug, and 2 basic, plain weave rag rugs. I enjoyed these students. They were very focused and positive to work with.
Thanks for a fun weekend.

Learn to Weave in a Weekend

28 06 2008

OH, what a fun class. I have 4 students with enthusiasm and a very positive attitude.
This group of students has flown through the process of dressing the loom, and are now inserting weft to weave off their projects. One is doing a rag rug, and two of the others are doing rag runners while the 4th is doing a wall hanging incorporating rag, charged yarn, balanced yarn, and other inclusions. I also had a make-up class today with the student I would be neglecting tomorrow due to being in the WiaW class.
She is making unbelievable progress. On day one, she almost completely dressed her loom. She came in during lunch this week, and completed threading heddles, and today (lesson 2), she sleyed the reed, tied onto the front of the loom, inserted header, and began weaving. She is doing a fairly simple rag piece using t-shirts.
I am truly blessed to be their teacher. Life is Grand.
Check out the pics. Don’t forget that I will be using WordPress to parallel this blog until I know whether I like it, then I will be (sniff) shutting this one down for the other.
My username at wordpress is Rivercityweaving
Bye for now, and I look forward to hearing from you.