My Corner Of The World - Feb 2013

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

Comments

Posted on Sat, 02/02/2013 - 03:31

hope everyone is doing well - we are having very spring like weather - nice cool mornings , not too warm afternoons with sunshine - great weather for the dogs at the dog park - I enjoy walking around while they go crazy with the other puppies!

Tina

Posted on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:21

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!

Posted on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:22

Woo hoo it's weaving! Congrats! Looks good. Is it coming out as you had imagined? Can hardly wait to see it for real. It does look like different size bricks from here!

Posted on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:31

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?

Posted on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:03

here but I drove in in thick fog - still a little misty out. I think it is supposed to burn off - but not cold, no ice so I guess that is something to be thankful for!

Tina

Posted on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:19

Random Public Holidays

DD/MM/YEAR

04/02/2013
Mexico
Constitution Day
06/02/2013
New Zealand
Waitangi Day
08/02/2013
Slovenia
Prešeren Day (Slovenian Cultural Holiday )
09/02/2013
Brazil
Carnival
09/02/2013
Lebanon
St Maroun`s Day
10/02/2013
Malaysia
Singapore
Indonesia
Chinese New Year
10/02/2013
South Korea
Seollal (lunar New Year)
10/02/2013
China
Spring Festival Golden Week Holiday
10/02/2013
Vietnam
Tet (Vietnamese New Year)
10/02/2013
Iran
Victory of Islamic Revolution

What holidays are in your corner of the world?
Have a joyful day!

Posted on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:42

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!

Posted on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 06:02

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!

Posted on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 17:10




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
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.

More later - Have a good day!

Posted on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 20:21

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.

Posted on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:33

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!

Posted on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:18

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?


Posted on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 04:18

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!

Posted on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:04

Hello Everyone!

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,

Erica

Posted on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 14:29

Tusculum College in Tenneesee? They are the pioneers - - I think Utica, Smith, Marietta, Lewis and Clark are also the pioneers but the baseball sculture sort of looks like Tusculum. . . or am I even close? Why do I even know this stuff?

Tina

Posted on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:14

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.  :)

cheers,

Laura

Posted on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:15

looks like he is having a blast! I have so much useless information in my head Sall, it is scary! Let's face it though, the big baseball sculpture is not very common!

Tina

Posted on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 23:07

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. 

Posted on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 12:43

great photo kerstin - it does sort of look like hanks of yarn!

Tina

Posted on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 17:10

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

cheers,

Laura

Posted on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 16:49

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!

Posted on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 00:58

Random Public Holidays

dd/mm/year
Country
Holiday

24/02/2013
Estonia
Independence Day
24/02/2013
Israel
Purim
25/02/2013
Philippines
EDSA Revolution Anniversary
25/02/2013
Thailand
Makha Bucha Day
25/02/2013
Kuwait
National Day
26/02/2013
Kuwait
Liberation Day
27/02/2013
Dominican Republic
Independence Day
28/02/2013
Taiwan
228 Memorial Day
01/03/2013
Paraguay
Heroes` Day
01/03/2013
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Independence Day
01/03/2013
South Korea
Sam Il Jul (Independence Movement Day)
02/03/2013
Libya
Jamahiriya Day

What holidays are in your corner of the world?

Have a joyful day!

Posted on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 20:13

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!

Posted on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:02

Nassajah,

Fingerweaving is not twining, but weaving.

In simplest terms (to make it easy for me to explain the difference)

In weaving the weft goes over/under/over/under the warps in succession.

In twining there is two wefts and the path is one goes over the warp, one goes under the warp, then twist (twine) and repeat as needed.

I have example of twining on my blog

http://francosfiberadventure.blogspot.com/search?q=twining+sampler

Have a good day!