Dec 8, 2015

Here I am again, years later, thinking about the ol’ blog.  I think about posting here, and never end up doing it.  There’s a new year coming up, maybe it’s time to change that. I miss blogs, though I get to see a lot of things on the weaving FB groups. However, I haven’t woven on my looms in a couple of months so if I hope to blog, I need to get back to them.

I found an 8s Baby Mac several months ago on Craigslist. I’ve wanted one for a long time, even though I’d never woven on one. It was in very sad shape but the price was right so it came home with me. I’ve gotten it cleaned and fixed up, and there are still some sad spots that could use some TLC, now I just need to either buy treadle hooks or fashion some.

I recently saw some Deflected DoubleWeave that has sparked a new interest. I’ve woven DDW once, from a Handwoven several years ago. It didn’t turn out the way I thought it would, and it was my fault really. My sett was too loose for the yarn I used, which might have been okay if the yarn had felted like I had planned. I mistakenly had it in my mind that all DDW needed to felt, but now I see that I can use yarns that don’t felt, and there can be some beautiful results. I bought the Interweave video on DDW (I’ve already found a couple of mistakes in the handout and emailed Interweave), and feel like I can now design my own. I’m going to start with a published draft, then possibly delve into creating my own designs.  This may be the first project on the Baby Mac.

I also recently took a workshop on backstrap weaving. I love the Andean Pebble Weave that Laverne Waddington creates and while I did play with it after the workshop, I don’t think I’ll be doing much of it. I enjoy it to a point, but it’s too slow. I like throwing a shuttle and seeing my pattern emerge in a few minutes.

Hopefully I’ll have pictures for my next post, however long that may be!