Tickets to Nova Scotia booked. Discovered small carry on luggage actually fits my new laptop - an unexpected development. I was sure I needed to buy a bigger one. :) 13 lovely weavers signed up for the lace workshop - room for 5 more. Now to start preparing the yarns/drafts and get them to a courier (because Canada Post/union are threatening lockout/job action).
No reason at all, except that perhaps cotton is cheaper? As Sara says, a cotton warp, linen weft, will result in a 'different' fabric. But if you have commercially spun linen and want to use it, go for it. :)
You could start with a cotton warp and use the linen for weft. This can be a nice combination. You don't say what you want to make, so I would suggest trying various things and see how the yarn behaves, what the cloth might be suitable for and as suggested, maybe a counter balanced loom with more room between breast and back beams if you really want to use your hand spun. Or even commercially spun yarn for warp.
well Olds Fibre Week is over for another year. Feeling happy/sad. 13 weavers in my class, 9 in the beginning weaving class, 14 or 15 (never did hear the final number), and 8 in the level four...the first time there have been enough to run that level.
my class was enthusiastic, supportive, overwhelmed (at times), confused, (at times), and ultimately dedicated enough to plough through that to leave feeling more confident about what they needed to do in order to learn.
The class IS a college level class for credit. Certain expectations are, well, expected. It is called a master weaving class so principles are presented and students need to do the work to translate theory into practice.
I am happy to have provided a stepping stone along the way. I am sad we are all heading home, some to far flung corners. But through the power of the internet, I hope they will stay in touch. Because we are community.
Well, I am about ready to leave - just downing a cup of coffee! The van is (mostly) loaded - just a few things to toss in. The rain has stopped (for now!) so I'm hoping for a good drive through the mountains. Home again in a week. And back to writing and weaving - I've got 7 warps wound waiting for me to get them woven. And a new fringe twisting elf to train. :)
I had a hard time getting in gear this morning, then finally made it to the studio, worked on class handouts for Olds, then went to cone skeins and my 'back up' Silver Needles (that still works) had a cracked case so I was leery about using it. I *think* we can just swap out the case on the one that officially died last week, but figured I'd better check with Head of Maintenance first. (I can't afford to pay him so he gets Titles!)
Stymied, I looked around the very messy studio, decided I couldn't cope with anything much and figured I would try to finish off the proto-type scarf warp. Just cut that off - just need to fringe twist and wet finish (say it fast, it sounds easy and quick!)
DH is off pressing so I will soon have more towels to hem - just when I'd got the rest done!
Just had a bowl of cherries for a snack, trying to decide what to do next. Beaming the next proto-type warp sounds like a plan - except that the work table is covered with a dozen skeins of yarn to be coned and the cone winder. Guess I'll have to clear that off first...
OTOH, I have library books that can't be renewed. Perhaps an hour or two of reading is in order?
Training the eye is key. I think people who made (or still make!) jigsaw puzzles have done a lot of 'training' already. Using various tools will help, but as someone observed, if you don't use it you lose it!
another good exercise is doing wrappings of different coloured stripes. Of course you really need lots and lots of colours to play with. :)
Yes, I have known Jean for a number of years. She is one of the course designers. :).
It it is an intense class because we are trying to convey the principles, get the student to see and think about the variables and the end function of the cloth. All necessary if the craft is to truly thrive and grow. IMHO!