Crimp & Create

We had Dianne Totten come to the guild this weekend and teach her Crimp & Create workshop. I could easily overuse the exclamation points to describe the workshop.  Dianne is a Wonderful! teacher.  I think everyone came away from the workshop inspired and wanting to do more.  We all wished we had more workshop time.  I wish I had taken more pictures.  She has one top that I loved more than all the others, and I hope to make a similar one eventually. It’s not on her website unfortunately, and I didn’t get a picture. I didn’t get pictures of anything I tried on, except for the group picture.  For now, this is all I have, which are the samples we wove on the first day of the workshop


Mine is the white one on the right, which I think is pretty boring, but others seemed to like it.  Take a look at her website, linked above, to see how these could be used.  If you ever get a chance to take a workshop with Dianne, I highly highly recommend that you do it.



I haven’t been all that enthused about weaving for the last year. I still wanted to do things, just never made great strides to actually do them. I made a few towels that didn’t get hemmed, and I made a scarf that still needs the fringe twisted. I made things, I just wasn’t excited about making things. That’s changing.

First, I’ve decided that I AM going to try my hand at baby wraps.  I won’t be doing customs because I think that might be too much pressure.  I’m going to make what I make. If someone likes it enough to buy it, great. If they don’t, the fabric can always be cut and made into the ever useful towels.  The first one will have a lot of black in it, and of course I don’t have enough. Webs black is on backorder, which means I need to order a different brand if I’m going to start this soon, which means I’ll have to order my other colors in the same brand to lessen the chances of the shrinkage being different between the brands.  Which also means I need color cards. So, I can’t start weaving one tomorrow, but hopefully soon.

Second, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with Photoshop and Fiberworks.  Coming soon to a towel near… well, me


pawsb3-24 back

It’s Double 2 Tie turned Summer & Winter on 24 shafts.  Excited!

Meet Sawyer

Hooray for writing a blog post and then not hitting publish. I wrote that last one Jan 7. Guess I really procrastinated on that too!

I got my loom warped in time for the workshop, and most of the dust bunnies cleared away.  I still have the warp on the loom or I’d take pictures. I want to do a little more designing myself before I cut it off.  I also finished the two tencel scarves that I copied from a friend. Pictures coming when I remember to take one during daylight. The next workshop is Crimp & Create with Dianne Totten.  Now that I’ve got the scarves off the loom I’ll be taking to the workshop, I can procrastinate winding the warp for that one.

One last trip for items donated to the guild. I brought back sewing supplies, a sewing machine, a rug loom or tapestry loom (I’m not quite sure which it is, or maybe it’s both), fabric, and more yarn. Our neighbor has a trailer so he was kind enough to take us there and haul the loom back so we didn’t have to take it apart.  Now to get everything cleaned up and out of our garage. Lizzie (my CRV) doesn’t like sitting outside all day and night *pout*

Last Saturday, our local animal shelter had an event.  Half price adoptions, vendors, a band, hot dog stand, and raffles. We have been talking about getting another dog for quite a while, always dithering back and forth about how the current pets would deal with another. Saturday, we met this guy


Bella, our GS mix, in the background, and a handwoven towel on the floor to the right haha. This is Sawyer, previously known as Milan, which sounded like Disney’s Mulan to us, which is not fitting for such a handsome man. The paper on his kennel said he is 1/2 Australian Shepherd and 1/2 German Shepherd, and he is 5 years old. We took him to his free vet checkup, especially since his first night here he started coughing, and the vet thinks he’s closer to 2 than 5. He got antibiotics for his kennel cough and is on the mend now.  We are dealing with some challenges but we believe he is a great dog.  We’ve been very spoiled with Bella from the moment we got her so these challenges are a learning experience for all of us.

The Great Procrastination

Since last we met, The Man and I picked up two more loads of yarn and stuff.  Imagine the previous picture x 2. I’m not going to be parking in my garage for awhile.  I’ve gone through most, but not close to everything.  I still need to go back and pick up a large rug/tapestry type loom.  She had a Leclerc Nilus that unfortunately would have cost more to repair than it was worth.  Water and termite damage had eaten one side of the loom, the beams were cracked, etc.  Most of the yarn is acrylic I believe and I’ll be lucky if anyone takes it.  But, I’m a little bit of a yarn snob too.

Marg Coe is teaching a workshop at the guild this weekend on Tied Weaves.  I, as per my usual fashion, put off deciding colors until the last minute. Which also means I’m warping the loom at the last minute.  I’ll be hosting her while she is here, which means I also need to clear out the dust bunnies.  Now, I have 2 days to get the loom warped and get the house cleaned up and it sounds like plenty of time. But in my mind, it’s a frantic rush to get things done.  And instead of doing the things I need to do, I’m procrastinating by writing this here post.

Full load

We traveled about an hour today to pick up a donation to the weaving guild.  The back of my CRV, with the back seat down, was LOADED.


In order to fit it all, we removed most of the yarn from boxes and fit it into whatever nook and cranny we could find.  There are 2 table looms, 2 inkle looms, a squirrel cage swift, and a warping board hidden in there, along with a large knitting machine and other miscellaneous.  One of the inkle looms I’m not sure is an inkle loom.

MP inkle

There appears to be a piece missing on the end closest to the camera.  I’m also not sure what that red piece close to the other end is used for.  It swivels around, like the hand of a clock, but there’s nothing for it to catch on.

Tomorrow I’ll begin the task of going through the yarn, making sure it’s all in usable shape, and sorting it by fiber if possible.  Then hopefully stacking it neat enough in boxes that I can park in the garage again.

Prelim draft

If I wove near as much as I played with weaving software planning what to possibly weave, we’d have handwovens overflowing out the rooftop.  Hearts. Some people hate ’em, I’m one of those that doesn’t.  This design is my own, I started from scratch.  To really see this, you’ll have to click to make bigger as it represents over 30″ of width.

hearts wrap fixed

Top half, or 1/3 as the case may be – the hearts are close together, all going the same direction for each half.  Where they would change direction would be the middle.

Botton half, or 2/3 – More space between the hearts.  They change direction every other heart. Up down up down. I like this one best as of right now.

Both drafts have the lines of hearts spaced 2 lines a little close, 1 farther out, 2 lines close, 1 farther out, etc. I’m not sure if I like that better than evenly spaced or not.

I may have to do a little more playing with this. I like the line that goes from heart to heart, especially in the bottom section. The hearts are connected. Others may not feel the same way. Opinions welcome, what do you think?

The draft above isn’t bad, but look at the fun that happens when you change the colors

hearts wrap diff blue

I just randomly plugged in some colors for the stripes. I don’t have those exact colors, though I imagine that I have close, especially considering UPS just dropped off a nice 12lb box from Webs. Yay yarn!

Twined rug completed

Finished the rug 2 days ago.  Hindsight being 20/20 and all, I wish I had used a variety of colors instead of the same 2 throughout.  It’s just… too blue. I knew the floral sheet had some blue in it, I just didn’t realize how much until it was too late.  Still, it’s on the bathroom floor, all cushy for the feet, so it serves its purpose.  I’m hoping that when it gets a turn in the washer, the brown warp will disappear a little more into the body of the rug and not be obvious pointy ends sticking out.


Next I’m going to weave some tencel scarves, copying the previously mentioned friend.  I layed my yarn cards out on the table, picked the colors, then found I probably don’t have enough of one of the colors. Rinse repeat. Finally got smart and just picked from the cones instead of the cards.


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