Two must-see’s

Weavers, if you haven’t read Dorothy’s blog post about her new upgrade, you should.  Her husband came up with an excellent way to label the treadles.   No sticky stuff on the wood, just clip-on pieces that can easily be moved.  If I decide to keep my Gilmore, I’m going to use his idea.

Pet people – If you have a love for animals, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a must see movie.  Be warned, you WILL cry.  I rented it through Netflix.  Between the time I placed it in my queue and the time I got it, I forgot what the movie was actually about and I didn’t bother to look again, just popped it in the dvd player.  Not knowing what it was truly about probably made me cry more since I wasn’t expecting what happens. And let me tell you, I am not ashamed to admit that I cried like a baby.  I kept expecting one thing, and that totally wasn’t what happened.   It starts out with a young boy giving a report to his class on his hero, which is his grandfather’s dog Hachi. He tells how his grandfather and the dog came to be together, and then leads into the rest of the dog’s life.  The movie is based on the true story of a dog in Tokyo in the lates 20’s/early 30’s, though it’s filmed as if it were modern time.  Get your tissues ready.


Wheels, looms, and tools oh my

This weekend one of the weaving guilds I belong to had their holiday party.  I had thought I was going to be out of town and was going to miss it again this year.  Plans changed so I was able to go.  One of the ladies in the guild has a large collection of looms, wheels, tools, etc and the party was held at her home.  She has so many that they had to build a 3 story addition on to the back of their home.  I loved seeing all the items she has, and enjoyed even more hearing her talk about them. They’ve come from near and far, and some have interesting stories.  Like the box loom that has a compartment where gold was hidden. She told us how they would weave with it, then pick it out, because only royalty was allowed to have gold.  A spool rack has corn cobs for spools. Some of her items have been in movies.  One they (the movie people) felt that the loom didn’t look primitive enough so she told them they could modify the sides. She thought they would put something over the sides, instead they removed them and added rough boards.  And threw the original parts out.  So sad.

The rooms are stuffed full of stuff.  So full that it was hard to get positioned to take pictures. She’s trying to find a museum type place to take the whole collection and so far, none are willing.  They only want to take select pieces.  It’s all or nothing.  There are all sizes of wheels, from child size to the largest wheel I’ve ever saw, which might not be saying a whole lot.  But I’ve never seen one that had a pendulum on it. Until now.  Anyway, if you want to see the pictures I took, they’re in a Flickr album.   I by no means got pictures of everything.  And some things I didn’t even get to see because they were in closets.  It was just an amazing site to see.