Flax field

Flax field

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A New Year and Weaving Continues

I got good news twice this week.  First I won a towel from the drawing on Susan's blog, http://weeverwoman.blogspot.com/.  I love using handwoven towels and this one will be added to my drawer.  

The second is the notice that I got from AVL looms.  The additional four shafts are ready to ship.  I will need to get the AVL Home loom fixed up and add the new shafts, that will make the loom an eight shaft and it will be fun to have available in the PCH Studio.

A not so great thing also happened.  I was working in the extra room, I had put all my knitting books on the shelves.  I reached for something on the top shelf, and the whole thing collapsed on me.  I was hit in the head, but not very bad and most of the books went on the floor.
Mostly empty space and holes where the brackets were.
I moved the fallen books and checked under them, my inkle loom was there, again, I was lucky, and the loom was not hurt.
Some of the stacked books, the 2nd bracket and shelves in the back.
My son told me the shelves were not strong enough to hold that many books.  

I went to the hardware store and got heavy duty toggle bolts to put the shelves back up.  And I will try not to put so many books there.

I finished the bumberet warp and am pleased with it.  I was only able to get six towels, the last one was too short.  I figured, if I put apron strings that are 6 inches longer on that loom, I will not have as much loom waste.
Bottom shows the weft addition, then six towels, then the short one.
They are going to be an interesting group of towels.  I did some variations in the treadling, from the workshop with Leslie Ruby.  And I ended up liking the yellow and the dark ones more than I thought I would.
Dark towel before washing
I think these towels will wash and hem up well.  I remembered to use the fusible thread on the last half of the towels, so I will need to stitch the first ones.

Weft audition
The section of the weft audition will be cut up for samples for my tea towel class.

Today I went to the Midway Ice Castle with my children.  We had fun walking around and taking pictures, but it was cold.  Since they keep building it, it might be fun to see it in about a month.  Also, they have internal lighting that looks great at night, we were too cold to stay and see it this time.
My children at the fountain in the Ice Castle.

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