My Corner Of The World - February 2013 Because of the popularity of this thread, we'll start a new thread each month! The idea is to tell us what is going on in your corner of the world.It does not have to be weaving related, but it could be. Feel free to tell us about holidays in your country,whether it is religious, or Independence day, or commemoration days. Please include a picture when you add your post. Weavers are very visual people. Please remember to downsize your photo before uploading. Be sure to tell us where you are (city, state/province, country?) This forum has members internationally. Have a good day! Previous Month - January 2012 http://weavolution.com/forum/chat/my-corner-world-jan-2013-24892
Cold, dark, and 4 shuttles
In my corner of the world (New Jersey), it is still dark, cold (it was 15 degrees this morning) and a little bit snowy. I am working on a sample that uses four shuttles, so I devised a way to hold the unused wefts out of the way, but at the same time, I can capture them at the selvedge so I am not having to start and end wefts every 4 pics. (See the little green plastic page holders, wedged into the lid of the castle.) I also had to label my treadles and my shuttles to keep everything straight. If I can keep it together on a table loom, weaving the real deal on the floor loom should be a piece of cake!
Sally that is just lovely!
Sally that is just lovely!
Woo hoo it's weaving!
Sample 1 is too random to notice, or the ratio is off. (Or something! ;-). But it is still cool. Not worth using 4 different fibers and shuttles if I go this route. Can stick to just two.
Sample 2 has more differentiation, and if the weft plan is successful, I will rethread and try the same in the warp for sample 4 to bring it into sharper focus.
Meanwhile, Sample 3 is underway, where I colored all the thin warps (with Sharpies) so the thicks will stand out even more. (Dark recedes and light advances, right?)
I had to shovel again this morning. (Not much, but still). Anyone else?
Click pics for larger
Click pics for larger view!
My Corner Of The World - Sacramento Calif, the seasons are turning, here the blossoms are popping on a Saucer Magnolia and a little bird forages through the branches.
In West Sacramento, a White Tailed Kite is establishing territory near the Port Of Sacramento.
Have a good day!
As a contrast to Calif,
here is a pic from (south of) Sweden:
Pic taken yesterday at 12.30 (30 minutes after noon... a grey day...)
Available at the raffle
In the raffle at Open House - Document inside bag says: Article: Woman's handbag Technique(name and description if possible): Skip plain weave in pattern area (see p.122-124 in Peter Collingwood, The Techniques of Rugweaving), plain weave in white area at bottom Location Article Comes From: Country:West Pakistan (name in 1965) Republic or area: desert area north of Karachi Region: Sind City or village: Ali Mohammed Maheris Village, 35 miles from town of Hyderabad Pertinent information: Ali M. Maheris village has about 50 families. This bag was made by the women of the village and was purchased by an American woman in Karachi. She was a short woman and cut the handle and tied the ends together in order to make the bag easier to carry. Even with the change she didn't want the bag and sold it to Jeannette Lund on 25 May 1965 in Karachi for Pak Rupees 15.-- (approx US $3.15) The women of this village make rugs in the skip plain weave technique on a simple upright loom in their straw huts; no shuttles are used. The white yarn in the bag both warp & weft is 6-ply cotton yarn; other yarns are apparently wool. Yarn for the side seam stitching appears to have goat hair in it; camel hair would be brownish and softer. Some rugs have white cotton for warp; others have warp of camel hair and weft bands of the camel hair or both. Is is said that 2 women will work on one rug for 6 months in their spare time after work in the fields. Have a good day!
SWSG Open house
“WEAVERS GONE WILD!” is the theme for the Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild Open House which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 2013, from 10am to 4pm each day at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA. The show is free to the public.
A couple of pictures from the Open House:
This lizard looks so good I want to feed it a bug. Made from woven wire and beads.
In the raffle at Open House - Document inside bag says:
Article: Woman's handbag
Technique(name and description if possible): Skip plain weave in pattern area (see p.122-124 in Peter Collingwood, The Techniques of Rugweaving), plain weave in white area at bottom
Location Article Comes From:
Country:West Pakistan (name in 1965)
Republic or area: desert area north of Karachi
City or village: Ali Mohammed Maheris Village, 35 miles from town of Hyderabad
Pertinent information: Ali M. Maheris village has about 50 families. This bag was made by the women of the village and was purchased by an American woman in Karachi. She was a short woman and cut the handle and tied the ends together in order to make the bag easier to carry. Even with the change she didn't want the bag and sold it to Jeannette Lund on 25 May 1965 in Karachi for Pak Rupees 15.-- (approx US $3.15)
The women of this village make rugs in the skip plain weave technique on a simple upright loom in their straw huts; no shuttles are used. The white yarn in the bag both warp & weft is 6-ply cotton yarn; other yarns are apparently wool. Yarn for the side seam stitching appears to have goat hair in it; camel hair would be brownish and softer.
Some rugs have white cotton for warp; others have warp of camel hair and weft bands of the camel hair or both. Is is said that 2 women will work on one rug for 6 months in their spare time after work in the fields.
More later - Have a good day!
Snow and now 40+ degrees
We just missed the big wallop winter storm Nemo delivered a few hours north and east of New Jersey. Less snow for us than predicted, but it still took me 2.5 hours of intense shoveling to clear the driveway. I am very thankful we did not lose power with this one.
Demonstrating my cardboard spinning wheel at Sacramento Weavers & Spinners Guild. I built this spinning wheel for under $5. I made a web page so you can see pictures and build your own. http://www.rabbitgeek.com/charka.html I dug this out of storage. I forgot how much fun it is to play with this thing. In this picture the front pin is the spindle and I'm spinning romney wool roving on it. The back pin is the "bobbin" for storing yarn. When the spindle gets too full to spin efficiently, I will splice the yarn from the bobbin to the yarn on the spindle, then I wind off the spindle to the bobbin. One of the Guild's spinning instructors was showing me how to improve my drafting to do the one handed long draw. I *almost* can do it. Some more practice and I'll have it mastered. It was a good day!
Odd loom, low castle
I saw this loom today in the weaving studio of the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, in Clinton, KY. This is a very low castle loom — the 2 shafts are supported by beams that are cantilevered out from truncated uprights in back. The loom looked old, and it was positioned next to a traditional high castle barn frame loom. Has anyone seen one like this before?
Open house pics part 1
Interesting Sally, looks like
Believe it or not,
sitting on the bench, my head would be higher than the rod that suspends the shafts! I only have a left and right view from the same side of this loom. (Didn't think to shoot down on the tie up and treadling.) The looms were all pushed to one side of the room. As I was unaccompanied in this non-public location, I didn't want to make a bother. I am thinking about following up with the person who teaches the weaving to see what she knows about this loom. Of course, I am dying to know how it actually WEAVES!
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day!
Have a lovely day!
February cold, but no snow
We've had a cold snap here in East Anglia. During which my school lost heat, but we didn't close! We haven't really had any snow though.
The biggest news is TJ, aka the Baby Jones, is nearly 7 months and has been crawling for weeks. This makes for a fun time trying to juggle the "oh don't go there!" moments with Weavolution.
Although we've got a lot of unpacking done, my loom is still in bits, so I'm relying on your lovely weaving pictures, posts and questions to get my fix! I too love your ingenuity Sally Orgren!
We're half way through the month so enjoy the rest,
Inky's valentine day adventure
If you can guess where this image was taken, you are REALLY well-traveled. Hint—it's the home of the Pioneers
OMG, how do you know Tusculum?
You just blew ME away! I hadn't been on the campus in something like 15-20 years, and wow, have they expanded!
Just in time for President's Day...
Inky got a shot at being Commander in Chief today!
I'm just returned from
I'm just returned from Tennessee where I was in Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis. Would love to return in the spring. The magnolias were just barely starting to blossom as I left - to return to (sigh) winter. :)
Laura, should I have waved as we passed along I-75 or I-40?
I was in Athens on Wedesday afternoon, Nashville Wed eve and then out to Tusculum by Thursday afternoon! I put nearly 1,000 miles on the rental car in just three days. I am a bit punchy now, as I got up at 4 a.m. for my return flight and need a nap, although it is actually time for dinner.
hanging from the "roof" (aka hawk deflector) of the chicken run
I think we were on the I-40 -
I think we were on the I-40 - but since I was a passenger I wasn't paying much mind. :) I was driven from Atlanta to Chattanooga, then from there to Nashville, back to Chattanooga, then to Memphis via Nashville. I saw quite a bit of the state! :D
Ah, but did you get BBQ?
Hope so—it was GREAT!
No, unfortunately my food
SWSG Open House Pics Part 2
Thought of you Franco—
Our guild held a special Saturday workshop on Fingerweaving. Franco, have you posted samples of this type of weaving in the past? It was fascinating! It is one of those weaving techniques were you can get amazing results with NO equipment, it is just a play of color and weave effects.
Here is my first sample band. Each warp becomes the weft for one pass. No shuttle needed, you use your fingers to create the shed, and there is no beating required!
Spotted in South Jersey yesterday
This Pepto-Pink Yaris, owned by somebody's grandmother. If Inky had been traveling with me, he would have been in the shot.
is this twining?
I don't think it is twining
because the wefts don't intertwine around the warps and/or each other as they go across. (I have done twining via a Bobbie Irwin workshop.) The warp-that-becomes-weft is going through the shed cleanly.
To weave this, you just "pick the shed" as you work from right to left. (Example, you pull the first warp thread up, pull the next one down, etc.) until you get to the left side. Then the left-most warp thread becomes a weft, goes into the shed and pops out to the right. The previous weft (which was left hanging out to the right) now crosses down over the top of it, and becomes the new right-most warp thread.
In addition to twining, it also looks a bit like tablet weaving, because the warps make little diagonal diamond shapes. But unlike table weaving, with this technique, the warps do not twist.
You start in the middle of the warp. When you finish one side, you flip it over and work the other side to complete!
I am still fascinated, and working on the Chevron pattern next. It is going a bit slower, needless to say!
fingerweave diagonal tutorial
Fingerweaving is not twining