Daily Check-in August 2018

So, still getting used to the new site. Had to get help from Erica to figure out how to make a new group post! Thanks for your help. Here we are halfway through the year. Still deciding what to do with my Mighty Wolf. have a new project for the rigid heddle loom, going to put on a warp for some natural cotton towels. What is everyone else up to? Weave on everyone! Instead of starting a whole new thread I just changed the title on the one from July. I have been missing in action the past month. Life got in the way of online time, but from the lack of comments on the thread it seems I am not the only one missing. Hope everyone is okay.


Posted on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:21

Well, the Convergence conference in Reno, Nevada, is starting in just a few days. I'll try to post if I am able.

If anyone is coming, add the Weavo logo + avatar to your name badge, so I know who you are!

Posted on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 00:35

So I just changed the header on this thread to August. We'll see if anyone visits! I have not been online much ion the last several weeks so I am guilty of letting the thread languish. Sorry. Hope everyone is having a good summer - or winter - depending on where you live!


Posted on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 06:35

I'm busy preparing for our 9 day camping trip! So no weaving yet this month. I am taking my current tablet weaving project with me and have a loom warped for Taquete, which I'll be using yo teach!

Posted on Fri, 08/03/2018 - 23:01

Well, my editor is here and we are polishing, polishing, polishing, taking photos, polishing some more.  So - not much weaving going on, other than for the purposes of the photos.  To that end I have a short/narrow warp on the Leclerc Fanny and the (borrowed) Baby Wolf, ready for the photos tomorrow morning.  I am hoping that by the time she leaves on Wed, there will be very little left for me to do and it will be all in her hands.  

On the AVL is a 30 yard long tea towel warp.  I had a bit of a 'disaster' last week when there was a loud BANG and the dobby head wasn't working properly.  Fortunately I had a back up Compu-Dobby in reserve, and it looks like it will work.  Still testing the alignment - but all work on the AVL had to stop for the editing.

I'm looking forward to getting back to the AVL next week in hopes that it will behave properly again!

Posted on Sat, 08/04/2018 - 01:02

Could  you tell what caused the bang?  Sounds serious.

Posted on Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:25

The housing of the compu-dobby split, but I've been told that probably wasn't the cause of the noise.  So I have no idea.  :(

Editor left yesterday and I'm still trying to dig my studio out from the heaps/piles of samples we pulled out of storage for photographing.  I'm hoping to get back to the AVL tomorrow.  

Today we are under a huge bank of wildfire smoke and I don't feel up to the physical effort it takes to weave on the AVL.  Instead I'm working on a new scarf prototype.

Speaking of which, I should get back to the loom!

Posted on Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:16

While in Wales, I managed to finish up a meter of Finnish (aka Egyptian) Diagonals tablet weaving. I still have a lot of that warp to play with, so that will probably be my evening weaving. This week I need to get back to my damask belt, but I also need to figure out a few things that are going haywire on the site! Wish me luck!

Posted on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:20

After Reno, my travels have taken me to Utica, NY for the Kimono! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota exhibit at the Munson Proctor Williams Art Institute; New York City (Cooper Hewitt and the MET) for Color Decoded: the Textiles of Richard Landis, and The Secret Lives of Textiles: the Milton Sonday Archives; Minneapolis, Minnesota, for stops at the Textile Center, Casket Building Arts Studios (to meet Robbie LaFleur), and the American Swedish Institute for the Gundrun Sjodén exhibition–along with seeing the collection of Scandinavian textile equipment on display.

This past weekend I was at the state fair demonstrating on a Nadeau loom, next weekend I'll be at a historic site weaving on a 1700's timber-frame loom, and the following weekend will find me in Wisconsin.

What is everyone else up to? If you aren't traveling, what are you weaving?

Photo from the warp-weighted loom workshop that was happening at the Textile Center when I visited.

Posted on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:40

Every time I tried signing on I was unable to do so even with new passwords. This morning I tried again and here I am. As I stated earlier this is going to be a learning experence.

Yesterday picked up the new yarn (8/2) for the new towel kit 4/8 shaft Cheryl is designing. Tomorrow have a weaver coming to purchase yarn and then I am going to follow her home to deliver a 48/8 Macomber loom that she purchased from me. I need to start packing my yarn van. Going to visit Cheryl's parents in Maine and will also be doing a "fiber" show there.  

Posted on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:01

This small exhibit is at the MET, downstairs near the Watson Library. If you can't find the gallery on the MET map, ask a docent. While there, you might also want to peek in at the MET featured exhibition Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Posted on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:34

It takes a village.

I started planning for the new warp on this old 1950s loom back in April. I stopped by Red Stone Glen for the carpet warp to match the warp original colors, and I dug out the warping reel when the weather got warmer, planning for a very long warp so I would not have to rewarp in the near future.

But, once winding, I wound a bit more than initially planned, which meant I ran out of two of the four colors. A call to guildmates resulted in many tubes appearing (thanks everyone!) and I was able to select the best match for each color. I needed something like 200 yards at most to finish.

Because the replacement colors weren't quite a true match, it took a bit of manipulating to add these additional warps to the edge of already existing stripes, so the mismatch would be less noticed. (I am understating the problem. It took me about two hours to complete this step, when I had hoped to be threaded and beamed in that time!)

Once wound, my plan was to tie onto the existing warp and pull through. Tieing on was no problem, but when pulling through, I realized the back beam would need sticks to support the selvedges. Originally, the warps were commercially wound, and there are flanges on the back beam to keep the warp aligned. But beaming through the reed and heddles, the warp was not feeding onto the same path as the original, it was at least 1/2" or more short on each side, and the flanges were not practically adjustable. After a few turns, I knew this woudn't work. Argh! It took about 20 sticks for a 11 yard warp. And another guildmate to come over and help me beam with water bottles and sticks. (Thanks, Betty!)

Despite starting this process in April, I finished about 24 hours ahead of the 2018 state fair debut. And it weaves beautifully!