Twining


At some point over the summer, I became interested in twining.  I made a small twining frame loom and made a couple of 6″ pieces to see how it worked and such.  I liked it enough that I decided to make a loom big enough to make a small rug for the bathroom or kitchen. Made the large loom, cut 7 or so sheets into strips (doing this by hand takes FOREVER fyi), then lost interest because I was so sick of the strips of fabric. While making some yarn cards, I was making a few trips back and forth in the room that has the yarn and loom, and it kept catching my eye. So

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I have it leaning up against a table and occasionally, I see thistwinerugpaw

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Dec 1


It’s hard to believe it’s December 1st already.  Once again, I didn’t weave any planned gifts.  My girls haven’t even received their yearly scarves, much to their disappointment.

My last day of work was Wednesday. Even though I had been thinking about quitting, it was harder to leave than I thought it would be.  It doesn’t feel real yet. That’s likely because of the holiday weekend, and Sam has had the last 4 days off also.

I’ve been attempting to learn how to use Photoshop, in my case PS Elements 9, to create weaving designs. Not usually successfully either, which was very frustrating.  I was finally able to create a liftplan on my own, without having to look at my books for every move I made.  I still have a lot to learn and am by no means an expert yet. These were “inspired by” a photo but being as no one from that group reads this blog, I think I’m safe in putting them here.  I don’t know that I’ll weave either of these, which are around 30″ wide. The longer I look at them, the more I don’t like them. I might like them tomorrow or in a week, who knows. (click for bigger if you want)

(Pictures removed because they were just too awful!)

This is a draft I created over 2 years ago when I was trying to learn network drafting.  I added some color to it today, and have three different treadlings.  This one I might actually weave, probably the 3rd treadling.

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T minus 3


The countdown is on. T minus 3 days until I am no longer working.  I’m a little sad but also very happy. I’m going to miss making the software a better product and finding errors, but I’m going to have more time for doing the things I want to do.  Even if cleaning house is one of them.

I had lunch with a weaving friend last week. I always come away from our lunches so inspired by the work she’s done. Every time, I find myself wanting to do something like hers.  This time was no exception. She had some beautiful scarves and the iridescence in them was.. Oh My!  I’m planning my first projects, after the work thing is done, to be the same. I don’t have the same colors she used and even if I did, I probably wouldn’t copy them exactly.  I need those iridescent scarves though.  I hope mine turn out as pretty as hers.

I’m also planning to try my hand at woven wraps for babywearing.  This is going to take some time.  I’ll have to do some sampling to make sure I have the sett and structure right. I think I’ll be able to do them with no problems because I’ve done a bit of research on how they need to be, and also what babywearers expect and need.

I’m looking forward to having the time to make some things for our guild sale next year. Every year, I say I’m going to weave something to put in the sale, and every year, I fall short.  This year will be different. (Famous last words!) I don’t want to have a weaving business, but we only need so many towels and they’re my favorite thing to weave, so a few for the guild sale should let me scratch the towel itch and possibly make a few dollars as a perk.

 

Redfish


The first time I saw Redfish Dyeworks at a sale, my heart fluttered.  Fluttered I tell you! I bought a couple of skeins of 60/2 and wove a scarf, terrified the whole time that I was going to be throwing a bunch of money down the drain. Those threads are thin! What if I had a lot of breakage? To my surprise, I didn’t have a single broken thread. This stuff is stronger than I thought it would be.  I vowed I would buy a skein or two at each show to build up a stash. This is what I’m up to

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At our guild sale a couple of weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to some 20/2 silk. Because I sold all the things that I put on the sale table, I celebrated by getting a whole set of colors. They weren’t in a set, they were just simply next to each other. Redfish does such an excellent job with their displays. I didn’t have to dig around trying to figure out which colors would work together, they were just there.

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I’m planning a gradation of some sort with these, though those plans may change. With the help of a guildmate and Redfish, I chose a color for weft. She didn’t have that color in 20/2 so will be dyeing it and sending it to me.

 

More weaving time coming up


In the summer of 2009, my old boss contacted me and asked if I would be willing to do some work for them for a couple of months. At the end of those couple of months, he asked if I’d be willing to stay a little longer, and I did.  That couple of months has turned in to 4 1/2 years.  On Wednesday, he told me that we would have to part ways at the end of the year due to potential issues with the IRS.  If the laws were to be interpreted a certain way, it could cost them a lot of money to have a contract employee in another state, even though I’m not an employee. Hard to explain without a lot of boring details.  I decided to rip off the band aid and just go ahead and give my two weeks notice this morning. I kind of hated doing that to my boss because I know it leaves him in a little bit of a bind, but I also know I’m not going to be worth 2 cents for the rest of the year knowing that it’s coming to an end, and that’s not fair either.  Yay, more time for weaving! I’m okay with that. And I’m really okay with not working there anymore, though I’ll miss the money.  Glad I have a little bit (ha!) of a stash built up.

I don’t know if my throwing fits over the phone had any influence on the mattress situation or if they could tell from the pictures that they wouldn’t have a fighting chance, but whatever it was, they’re supposedly going to be replacing the mattress. I called on Monday to see if I could get a copy of my original receipt. The girl told me they had created a PO to replace the mattress, and someone would be contacting me in 7-10 days.  We’ll see.

 

Worry No More and Macy’s


I think I mentioned that the Magic Dobby stand had been thrown out by the previous owners. I inquired about the price of the stand and this thrifty gal ain’t payin’ over $400 for a few pieces of wood.  Bought another jig at another hardware store, which works much better than the Harbor Freight piece of junk, but then I began having other issues. At that point I did the adult thing and threw the wood in the box and cursed. I bought a card table to set the loom on, which is not working out well either.  It’s rickety, it’s too big, it’s annoying.  My shoulders are starting to hurt from continually flipping the lever. I’m either going to have to suck it up and try building the stand again, hire someone to build it for me, or fork over the big bucks. Option 2 is what I’m leaning towards. Only problem is I don’t know where to find a wood worker. I’m going to try placing an ad on Craigslist.

I’m removing my rant about Worry No More guarantee from Macy’s. After filing my appeal, they did decide to make things right.  Squeaky wheel and all that, and at least I don’t have to file my first ever lawsuit

Yum


It’s that time of the year

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Rice Krispies treats with some Fruity Pebbles thrown in for fun. Yum!

I got the extra threads removed, the reed re-sleyed for 24 epi instead of 28, and the live weight tension put on.  (I also got the leaves raked, trimmed a few bushes, had lunch with The Man, and got the dog medicine in case you were curious.) I’m not sure the live weight is going to work.  I really need tension on this loom to keep that bottom layer of the shed from sticking to the top. I’ve tried different cords and different amounts of weight and so far the threads are still sticking to their upstairs neighbors.  I haven’t totally given up yet though.

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