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What happened to June? Just yesterday I was returning to Texas from my visit home to Wyoming and it was June 1 and now tomorrow is July. I think I must have slept through the month. Summer heat is well upon us here in Texas, I am already reay for winter!  Weave on everyone!

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Read while the hand heals!

After much weaverly fun in June, I jabbed my hand in the kitchen (oops!) and had to have stitches.  I was sadder about suspending the cardweaving fun and the curtain project than the stitches!  Convalescing, I've been reading some of the books my weaverly aunt bequeathed me, including Atwater's classic on American handweaving (more than I ever wanted to sort-of-understand about overshot!).  I'll be back at it next week....in the meanwhile, I'll keep reading and enjoy Independence Day!!!!

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Ack!

Endorph,

You are so right!

I need to finish this series of huck baby blankets - the kid will be here any moment!

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Blanket beauty!

Endorph!  That baby blanket is so beautiful!  I love the color blending and subtle patterning.  What a lucky recipient! What fiber did you use -- it looks like it will wash well and require minimal care while retaining maximum snuggliness....

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Softball cotton

from Webs and Silk City.

I hope it will wash up well!

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ANWG

Home from Victoria, BC and the 2017 ANWG conference.

I had the pleasure of issuing the official invitation to the reps to come here to Prince George BC for 2019. The conference theme is Confluences and the conference will happen the week of June 11, 2019. Our website should be up by the end of summer - stay tuned for more info.

(Keynote speaker is the fabulous Abby Franquemont!)

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NEWS!

I'll be leaving for the New England Weavers Seminars in just a scant 48 hours (or less!)

In 2015 I enjoyed the conference as a day visitor taking in the exhibits, meeting people, and studying the sample books available.

Is anyone else coming this year?

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NEWS

I will be there on Saturday, for a couple warp rep workshops. I think Francine mentioned she was going, too.

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NEWS

I can only get there on Sunday but will shop and enjoy the exhibits until noon closing. 

Francine

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MAFA

Didn't you also mention you'd be at MAFA, Francine? I will also be there. I was hoping for the bench weaving workshop as well, but didn't sign up fast enough. It worked out well, though, as I'll be hanging out with a friend in one of the spinning workshops. Maybe we can wave to each other ;-)

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No vendors, demos, etc. on Sunday

So sorry to hear, Francine, but the Marketplace will close Saturday evening. Only workshops on Sunday.

It is open Thursday, July 20, 1-7 pm, Friday 12 noon-10 pm. and Sat. 12 noon-8 pm.

Full "Open to the Public" schedule at http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org/open-to-the-public/

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MAFA--My apologies!

I missed the early part of the thread! You were discussing NEWS, it seems, and I'm deep thinking the upcoming MAFA conference. (next week)

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No worries!

Since MAFA is my regional conference, I'll be there too, attending with a posse of at least 15 of my guildmates and one co-worker from the south.

I am ready to don white gloves if needed for exhibit sitting at NEWS.

And my looms are warped and ready for MAFA.

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conferences

Came home from ANWG to dental surgery so the past few days have been lacking in much of anything. However, it's going better than I'd hoped so today I'm dressing the small loom because it's nekkid and easier to weave on than the AVL. Posted a picture of the warp going onto the loom on my blog
http://laurasloom.blogspot.com

For anyone wanting to plan early, the next ANWG will be here the week of June 11-16, 2019. Our website should be up by the end of summer.

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Cleaning time....

I've been reading a lot of weaving books this week as my hand healed, but I decided the last few days that it was time to abandon sloth for activity....time to organize all things to do with sewing, weaving, spinning, knitting, with the attendant stuff that had somehow outgrown its space.  I bet it's familiar to all of you!  One part of a room now contains the weaving library which is organized in an Excel file for my convenience, along with a warping station (mill and cone stand), the band loom, my cardweaving board loom, braiding equipment, and attendant accessories.  It's a sunny spot to work and I have phone and music set up for entertainment. The other room houses the floor loom, spinning, and sewing caboodle.  I honestly think sewing is "worse" than other fiber arts for mess.... one needs huge inventory of a thousand goods in order to handle the utilitarian, the decorative, and the fashionable demands of a family! 

No more hobbies! 

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NEWS was fabulous, as always

I estimate there were nearly 500 items on display at New England Weavers Seminars in both juried and non-juried exhibits at Smith College this past weekend. I certainly hope to see some of those items again at Convergence, so they get exposed to an even wider audience! There were also 77 Traveling notebooks of samples available to examine and photograph. Each book holds anywhere from roughly 5-6 samples to as many as 30. I didn't do the math, but only had time to look at just a few of the books. Another neat idea: NEWS solicited samples from members in advance of the seminars, then divided up the 800 submissions to distribute to all the brand new weavers who were in attendance. What a great idea to build a sample library for a new weaver! There were some new products in the vendor area, and we all came home with a few more things than we arrived with, I am sure. And people wonder how I can come for 3 days and not take any classes! (I volunteered to exhibit sit instead.) P.S. I visited the rooms during Open Studio. I added some names and topics to my bucket list of workshops, and I want to submit some suggestions to my guild programing chairs. So who knows for 2019...

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A List for UFO's (or are those WIP's?)

While tidying my craft spaces this week, I was overwhelmed by the number of UFO's (unfinished objects).  I decided to make an Excel file for these and in a separate column to rank them in terms of priority.  I found 21 such projects!  I printed out the list: my son laughed at the irony of subjecting a pastime to a to-do list, and my daughter chided me for the seeming denigration of the term UFO.  She said, hey Mom, these are better than that, they are Works in Progress (WIP's).  At the top of the list is the curtain warp which I have resumed!  Gotta start somewhere; I'm hoping that the Power of the List will exert its influence to help get the projects finished!

 

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WIPs

So glad to know I am not the only one with a large number of WIPs. Maybe a priority list on order here too!

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MAFA was great!

I posted some photos over at the MAFA thread from the recent conference, but I wanted to share with everyone a new computerized table loom that is now available. Seguin Looms is out of Quebec, Canada, comes with 16 and 24 shafts, in two different widths.

I was fortunate to have one of these looms in my round robin, so I got to weave on it. A larger prototype was available in the vendor hall.

 

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New equipment seen at NEWS

There was another new table loom in the NEWS vendor hall, the Erica from Louet. It comes with 2 shafts, and you can add at least two more. It's lightweight and folds up warped.

This vendor (SawyerBee) also had a new twist on a warping reel that they manufacture and were demonstrating.

If you missed your regional conference this summer and didn't get a chance to see these new products in person, now is the time to let equipment makers know you would like to see them at a future conference!

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UFOs

I have a number of UFO, not sure how many, but I recently found my oldest one. It is half a measured warp for a baby blanket. That baby starts college in another month!

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UFO Archaeology; Makiko Tada in Japanese

Queezle,

Your antique UFO takes the cake...  Part of me wants to urge the UFO's forward to the finish line, but then there's the delicious part of making projects which is the planning and collection of stuffs all ready to make up!  It's the collecting that tends to collect dust.  You know you're in trouble when you have to buy moth protection for your collections...

In a triumph for communication without language, I just looked through a Japanese publication by Makiko Tada titled "Cute Kumihimo" or something.  Although the explanations are all in Japanese, the diagrams for moving the bobbins are clear-as-a-bell.  The tama (100g each) and counterweight masses are in numbers, so apart from fiber choice, the photos truly say it all.  For each braid, color variations are shown and diagrammed out. Being a word-loving person, I was shocked that the pictures are worth a thousand words!  Anyway, encouraging!  The samples in this book are simply made and are shown in cotton, not silk, and the photos of braids in use as ties, keychain fobs, earrings, hairpieces, a bowtie and others, seem self-explanatory. 

 

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Beowulf in Cardwoven Double Weave Photo

cardweaving, tablet weaving, double weaveThis project is detailed in a project thread that I just posted, but for some reason, the photo size was incompatible with that page.  So, here is the tablet-weaving in Lizbeth 40 cotton cordonnet thread.  It was fun to weave and actually, the double weave structure was easier to keep track of than the other cardweaving that I have done.  I am already planning another cardweaving and just today ordered the fiber.

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Cool loom!

I also was intrigued by this loom - looks like it would be great for someone with limited range of motion - one press of a foot control changes the shafts for you and the shed is great and operates very smoothly. Only drawback is that it runs on Fiberworks software which isn't compatible with my Mac (Maybe in 2 Years?)

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Convergence 2018

The teachers for Convergence are now on the HGA website with a list of classes they are going to teach.

http://www.weavespindye.org/convergence-...

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