I belong to a weaving group on Facebook called Strickler in Color. Its where weavers share a draft they have woven based on the book and their interpretation and colour choices : The Weaver's Book of 8 Shaft Patterns by Carol Strickler.
Friday, October 22, 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
A big cage.... and only two little budgies? So we brought home two more..... ( and that's it..... for now). Blue and Jay were squabbling. Well, Blue was being a persistent 'romeo' and Jay was not having any of it. We decided that there needed to be more to balance things out. It was a gamble that so far has paid off. They are not fighting and Blue seems to be basically ignored by his harem. In the wilds of Australia they fly in flocks of thousands! (Their natural wild colouring is green.)
So Blue and Jay now have roomies: Kiwi and Teal. So far, so good! See if you can spot who is who.
The ride home with them was fabulous. Warm Fall day, that gold sunshine of this time of year and we took the oceanside route. Then we spotted a rainbow and pulled over to take this short video. Excuse the road noise.... maybe watch with sound muted. There's even some driftwood art.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! 🍁 🍂 🎃 🍗 🍽
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Yes, I'm still here..... Its been a while hasn't it?
I don't have any weaving to show you. 😳 Oops, I just heard half of you leave.....
Its a few things really....
I seem to have lost my weaving mojo. A friend said after me weaving non stop for 25 years it was bound to happen and not to beat myself up over it. Our doctor said everyone ( and she means everyone) is dealing with low grade depression thanks to the never ending pandemic and the Fourth Wave.
I also pulled a muscle in my right shoulder blade area and its not settling down. Its past the worse phase now but as the day progresses, it aches something fierce. I'm on familiar terms with icepacks and Tylenol. It also keeps me up at night. This makes throwing a shuttle difficult. I want it to heal properly and I also want to weave again soon. I can't wind warps due to the up and down motions to the warping mill either. So I have been using my Hansen e-spinner and enjoying that for short periods.
Then there is also the mystery of the reoccurring toe infection that prevents me from treadling. Gee, aren't you glad you stopped by for all this whine 🍷 to go with the cheese 🧀 ?
We have two new members of our family! Meet Blue and Jay. Yes, after the baseball team (Hub is a huge fan)
Sunday, August 22, 2021
About a week ago I uploaded these pictures getting ready to write a blog post. I was blissfully ignorant of the trials and tribulations ahead. These have become the last pictures I can access on my computer until I find out if my back up drive has them or not.
Let me back up here.... (pun intended) 😊
I set up my computer that night to do a back up to an external hard drive and woke the next morning to a back up (great!) and a whole new operating system on my Mac "Big Sur" (really not great).
That's when I discovered a few things.
- all my Fiberworks drafts have vanished. (over 500 of them)
- Big Sur won't run a computer dobby and the weaving program developers have no work around and no time line of when they will. Apple isn't helping them either.
- All my 6000+ pictures of family and my weaving were in iPhoto and Big Sur won't support it and so they appear to be all gone too.
- I have a fresh back up on my external hard drive!
- it may have all my photos and a tech *might* be able to locate and shift them to Photo.
- failing that, I have saved emails with all my scanned old family photos.
- Between this blog and ravelry, I can get a lot of my pictures resaved again.
- Its all going to take LOTS of time if the tech can't find and save them first.
- updated the latest version of Fiberworks that will 'shake hands' with Big Sur so I can at least do some design work. It won't however run my Megado....
- to get some thing to run my loom, I needed a Mac with an older operating system on it like High Sierra or Mojave on it. Every OS after that got difficult as Apple made subsequent changes.
- it just so happens my Hubby has an older 2013 Mac with High Sierra on it...... and subsequently was traded my shiny brand new MacBook Pro (2020) with Big Sur for it.
💻 😳 🖥 ⌨️
Okay, enough of my woes and wailing. Let's get to some weaving... This is the scarf project on the Spring loom and just getting started. A rather large size diamond pattern that was approx 7 inches in length for a full repeat. Its 8/2 tencel in amethyst for warp and Pompeii for weft. I really wanted to see this colour combination together and it seems to work nicely. The draft is from Handweaving.net #74014. There is a partial draft at the very end.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
So.... the big reveal!
Our painter came by yesterday to finish off the final touch up's and double check the work. We sat in the back patio and enjoyed a coffee together and also met his delightful daughter who is going to be his helper on the next job. Poor guy must be careful of his back and pinched nerve but he swears he's ready to work again.
Monday, July 12, 2021
I recently saw this in an email from Long Thread Studio who publish Handwoven magazine for weavers:
“Fun fact: There are 65,534 tie-up combinations on a 16-shaft loom.” To which I replied, “And I bet there is someone out there trying them all.” Although I didn’t know the validity of the number at the time, I was pretty sure I was right that somewhere in the world a weaver was trying every tie-up combination, “just to see.”
Taken from : Handwoven article
They were talking about me I think..... 😊
I had bought a large 3 pound cone of natural 8/2 unmercerized cotton "ring spun" from Unicorn Weaving Yarns (Quebec) on Etsy. I planned to do a long 11 yard warp and then weave 10 towels and each one a different tie up / treadling on my Megado. The cotton showed me a hint of what was to come when I took the first bout wound off the warping mill as it all twisted up on itself!
Beaming the warp was tricky due to the curl or energy in the yarn. It looked like a nice even two ply to me but.... (Oh, I have two more 3 lb cones of this yarn so I hope they aren't all like this!)
I had to get help... lucky Hubby, and we fought all of it on. Threading went okay. 16 shaft point twill with a straight draw on either side. Sett 24 epi.
Weft was from 3 colours of Bockens Nialin cottolin in a green turquoise, mid blue and an oatmeal shade. I'm trying to use up the last of this stash. ⭐️ Gold star for me!
I wove four towels and was about to weave number five when I noticed something iffy. I looked carefully under a pick glass and saw that I had ONE thread missing from the threading sequence. It didn't show until I changed to the new treadling and then became obvious. 😢
I cut off the four towels and rethreaded the left 4-5 inches of the warp, resleyed and tied back on again. Once you know... it has to go!
So I have some samples and nine towels. Only one towel has an obvious mistake and all four of the first towels are being gifted to relatives, who either won't notice (my brother) or if they do, know enough to keep quiet as they won't get anymore. Towels work perfectly as seconds regardless.
Eight towels here.... with one blue one off in someone's kitchen already!
One towel was gifted immediately to our house painter for his Dutch wife so I wasn't able to get a picture of it before it went. The man had just single handedly painted the whole exterior of our home and 2 garden sheds in five days so they earned a gift of a blue and white towel.
So in the future I will wind only a short warp with this cotton as its not worth fighting the curl. Or use as weft? It will be used up though... the hand and softness of the cloth shows it was worth the battle.
Some individual pictures showing both sides:
There will be more pictures to come of our newly painted house but a slight delay as our painter has hurt his back..... but soon!