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Figured I would go ahead and start up this grou again. Maybe it will help keep me motivated. This house was the mother of the Daily Weaverliness group and I tend to resurrect it every Halloweave as a bit of a challenge and kick in the behind! The goal of this house is to motivate us to be active little spiders for the month of October. Giving it our all to do something weaverly for at leat 10 minutes every day. The definition of weaverly is fairly broad and includes prepping to weaving, warping your looms, actual weaving, planning projects, spinning yarn, . . . Unlike Penelope we are trying to, maybe, finish up one or more of our UFOs. Hopefully most of us won't have to rip out our weaving every evening and start anew the next day. Feel free to post progress, triumphs, frustrations, etc. . . .This is a no judgement zone. We are here to support, encourage and commiserate when necessary.

See you on October 1.

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Count me in.

This will be my first HalloWeave but I'm keen. I'm already trying to "touch weaving" daily so this should keep me motivated. I hope to join at least one other group. Is it fair to overlap with the Arachnids?

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I'm in, too

I am starting a new project and would love to keep the motivation going by trying to do something every day on it.  Thanks for leading the group, Endorph!

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Nanefire

overlapping is perfectly acceptable! Welcome to the house.

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This sounds like a great

This sounds like a great motivator for me. 

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It's almost here

Only two more days until Halloweave is upon us. Are you ready to weave on?

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Ready!

Have my project ready to go! It's a simple scarf since I'm a beginner

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Not sure how this works but...

I'm posting my first Active A. log for day 1 and this, being Sunday, was a good day to start. I finished off the warp on my Harrisville loom and removed the scarf (Bronson Lace variegated hand-dyed rayon) and spent the rest of the day graphing out my final threading and treadling for the upcoming demo. Decided to warp 6.5 yds in cotton and use wool weft in honor of the "Wool Arts" origins of this festival; if there's warp left over, I can weave it off in towels. I somehow doubt I'll possibly use all 6 yds in one day of demo-ing but definitely don't want to run short. I have my heddle count figured out, too, so should be off and running tomorrow with dressing the loom. Happy Weaving to all my co-participants! Where are you in your projects? (And please advise if this isn't how the group is intended to work?)

 

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Nanefire, that's how it works!

I started weaving waffle weave towels yesterday. When I sent a picture of the weave structure to my daughter I noticed some skipped threads, so I spent a little time today fixing them so I wouldn't have to deal with them once the project is off the loom. Tomorrow starts spinzilla so I expect to only do minimal weaving this week. (Actually I'll be spinning yard that I intend to weave with later, so the spinning is weaverly activity :-) ).

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No weaving for me

yesterday but I did get some spinning in on yarn that may be part of a future weaving project. Right now it could be used in a knitted sweater or a woven shawl. I haven't made up my mind yet. I have tomorrow off from work so hope to get my RH warped. Working on the floor loom is still painful on my knees so. . .

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Love a challenge

Hope to at least wind a warp the week. Have guild meeting, 3 quilt guild sponcered classes on fabric manipulation and an all day Iowa Federation of Weavers and Spinners meeting this week with John Mularkey.  May not actually get to my loom, but lots of weaving related activities. 

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Count me in

although I didn't do anything yesterday, well I organized all my weaving supplies and placed all the shuttles and bobbins and reeds into one area so when we get my 8h loom set up the end of the month I'll have everything "found".

Tonight I plan to retie my 4h loom for some towels. I wove a baby blanket a couple weeks ago and had a lot of warp leftover - I had planned to weave two or three so put on a long warp - and was asked to make some kitchen towels. I've never made towels.

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Getting organized is certainly being weaverly. Bering organized helps the weaving process move along much more smoothly. So kudos to you!

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I'm in

Cut off a warp of five scarves today and beamed on the next warp. Yay!

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Warped my tapestry loom this

Warped my tapestry loom this evening

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Still weaving

Thanks to your encouragement and a second cup of tea this afternoon, I was able to tie on my warp and get the first scarf started.

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Moving along

Beamed and tied onto the front beam today so the demo is warped and ready to be test-driven. I spent some time in the sunshine on the deck this afternoon hashing out what to put on the rigid heddle and how long; I guess when it runs out, it runs out. Meanwhile, the dog enjoyed harrassing the chipmunks in the woodpiles. Tomorrow I'll be dressing the rigid heddle. I hope, after all this, I won't want a break from weaving! From I am definitely dreaming of my own projects already when this festival is over. Sounds like everyone is certainly doing their part to keep active! Hurrah for us all!

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Keep up the

good work everyone. Good to see so much activity in the arachnid house.

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Simple is better, right?! Maybe not...

Okay, so today was the rigid heddle's turn. Simple, right? I comforted myself that I'd make my friends laugh hysterically that I can warp a floor loom effortlessly and make an ungodly mess with a rigid heddle! Never mind what happened, I won't bore you all with the details, but I should only ever warp directly on that thing with one color. I got it done but instead of an hour or so, it took most of the day sorting out threads and re-threading and re-tying. The only worse episode I've ever have was a few years ago with some chenille...glad to be taking a break this evening with some knitting! But another day under my belt. And a big glass of wine!

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Simple is better, right?! Maybe not...

Okay, so today was the rigid heddle's turn. Simple, right? I comforted myself that I'd make my friends laugh hysterically that I can warp a floor loom effortlessly and make an ungodly mess with a rigid heddle! Never mind what happened, I won't bore you all with the details, but I should only ever warp directly on that thing with one color. I got it done but instead of an hour or so, it took most of the day sorting out threads and re-threading and re-tying. The only worse episode I've ever have was a few years ago with some chenille...glad to be taking a break this evening with some knitting! But another day under my belt. And a big glass of wine!

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new spinner and wheel

I am not sure this is the right venue for this inquiry but I am new so here it is.  I am new to spinning and I am still  pretty awful.   I just purchased a small ornate wheel and wondered where I can find information about the wheel.  There is no identification lables or markings.  I have included a photo and hope someone can direct me to a place or person who can help identify it. 

 

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Nice wheel.

I can tell you nothing about it but. . . I have a similar one in my office that is an antique. It is part of our museum collection and I rescuedit from the darkness of storage to decorate my space. Hopefully some of our other spinners will be abel to give you better information.

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So yesterday

I finally got two cotton towels off the loom.  They have been washed but I've not cut them apart yet.  Hopefully, that will happen this evening and I can get the next warp on the 4h loom, but I'm thinking about putting something on the rigid heddle.  Whatever it is, I will continue towards the goal of working on something weaverly each day this month.

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So yesterday

duplicate, sorry.

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Three intensive days

This entry has to cover Thursday through Saturday, which included weaving headers, moving looms and weaving again to makes sure the warping had survived folding and setting up and then weaving for hours at a demo, off and on, then moving everything home again. The demo was a bit of a disappointment. Underwelming for attendance overall and no one was particularly interested in the demo area except for the nearby sock machine which totally upstaged me and the loom. Oh well. It was fun to socialize with the other craftspeople, most of whom were friends and I'm set up to swap brain-picking with a tri-loom teacher in exchange for some help with her 4H loom. I think this weird warm weather really depressed enthusiasm for wool, though, and most of the usual spinners who shop the venue must have been at a Spinzilla meet. Today is for putting away all the stuff and figuring out if I want to just cut and ditch the rigid heddle project (after all that trauma to get it set up; again, oh well. But what a waste of time and materials both!) and starting to weave off the remaining 4 yards on the Harrisville 4-shaft which will at least make attractive towels. Hope everyone is having a productive weekend!

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No weaving for me

but I did do some planning on some towels. I have also been busy spinning on a massive amount of fiber. I figure if I want to get the yarn spun and a shawl woven or a sweater knit within the next 6 months I need to spend at least 30 - 60 minutes spinning everyday. I finished bobbin number two last night. Will start number 3 tonight. I want to get at least 4 done before I start plying.

This project combines 7 or eight different braids, all chunked up and randomly spun to create a totally unique yarn. It could be interesting or a total nightmare. This is also a lesson in letting go of control for me. Cool

Wait! I did get some weaving done, I have little over half of a potholder woven on my 10 inch potholder loom! LOL.

Weave on!

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Kudos for demo-ing

Good for you, Nanefire, for hanging in there and demo-ing despite poor turnout and not much interest.

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Busy couple of days

We had company over the weekend so Friday-Sunday were rest days for weaving. Today I finished one warp and now I'm beaming on another for tencel scarves. Time to head back to the studio. 

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Yesterday and today

I finished two more projects that had languished for months, one over a year.  Tonight I wet finished one last small item that I had also put off but it was because I didn't know what to do with two small samples.  I ended up sewing them together to make a cowl.  It's drying now.

I have the rh loom warped for a wool/nettles warp and found a nice crazy yarn skein to use for weft. I'm fixin' to wind it off and get started on that project tomorrow.

It's been nice doing something weaverly each day.

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Spinzilla is over

Now that spinzilla is over I'm back to the loom.  I have a warp for 10 waffle weave dishtowels that I'm working on, and will probably be working on for the whole month.  In addition I wound a warp yesterday for the table loom.  It's cotton on the floor loom and wool on the table loom.  Should keep me busy!

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Keeping on...

I've been working on the remaining warp from the demo; cut and wet-finished the sampler to make sure the 8/2 cottons I used didn't finish differently as they sure felt different off the cone, one much harsher than the other. But it came out fine after a harsh laundering. So I tied back on yesterday and started a towel. Wove 16" on that today.

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Last night

I finished all of my unfinished projects and put them in the trunk (where everything else seems to go).  I didn't get to work on the rh yesterday but got it tied on this morning so I'm ready.  I have a warp wound for the 4h loom and I may try to get that threaded today.  Not sure what I want to do with that one.

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Great work

everyone. I am managing to spin a bit every day. I have also planned out - well mostly planned out - a project for the mighty wolf as well as the RH loom. Now to bring them to reality. Still need to get the never ending warp off the mighty wolf. Knees aren't up to treadling yet.

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First day I didn't hit the bench

I've woven on the Harrisville loom every day but today I missed; was just too busy running around but I did manage to bring along my little needle weaving project and got several rows done on what will be a badly needed smal wallet. (My new cell phone took over the felted little bag that I used to use for credit cards and cash.) Actually, I did hit "a" bench;  because I sat to try out the treadling on an 8 shaft Schacht standard loom at the local shop that is soon to close. I'm still trying to find my next loom. That one wasn't for sale or in my price range but I was dreaming...

Can't believe we're at another weekend already.

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Update

I confess I did nothing weaverly on Friday; I spent the day with a migraine so I was either medicated or wishing I were.  Yesterday I finished another towel on the 4S ToTT floor loom and threaded heddles and sleyed the reed on the table loom, so I hope I made up for Friday.  I'm hoping to get another towel started on the floor loom and maybe get some weaving started on the table loom today. 

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Humble pie

It isn't even pumpkin flavored. I've been struggling with issues on the Harrisville, trying to get towels out of that demo warp rather than waste it and blaming the move for an awful tendancy of the weaving to slant...of course, it wasn't that at all. Just when several people had suggested I start to teach (I at least demurred) I made a really stupid mistake when warping this project; I failed to measure across the back apron bar and it was 2" shorter than the width in the reed. I guess I was in a hurry when I warped and it "looked right". Well, I've now re-beamed twice (didn't even notice it the first time) and am about to tie onto the front for the third time. I feel like a really stupid spider right now but have I been active? Oh, yeah; more like Penelope than anything else! Active but not productive. I hope this is actually the problem, though, as otherwise, I have a loom issue. I confess, I'm sick of this warp and would just trash it in pique except that I really need to know that it's the stupid spider and not the loom at fault.  

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Nanefire

Sounds like you have had quite the strugle but good for you for sticking to it. We all make mistakes, The thing is to acknowlegde them, learn from them and move on. sounds like that it what you have done. Good luck!

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