Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Return To The Land Of The Living

 I have finally returned to the land of the living after a very long episode of bronchitis.  Seems that every time I catch a cold these days it decides to go directly to my lungs - no stopping for a break - just straight to the lungs.  With Covid around one cannot be too careful in dealing with sick people and my doctor's office was no exception.  I was "examined" over the internet with a Skype call - given some meds and pretty much left to my own devices.  No problem, I rested, took my drugs and waited for my lungs to clear.  Almost 5 weeks later I can say I have recovered, there is a slight cough but nothing compared to the previous work out my lungs were getting a month ago.  I coughed so hard I almost passed out and my ribs were sore for weeks!  

On the weaving front I have been slowly getting things ready for the upcoming Christmas holiday season.  

I always love to weave these huck lace towels for the holidays, they are bright and cheerful and very easy to warp and weave.  Draft can be found in "Weavers Craft" magazine by J. Scorgie.

These towels were inspired by a magazine article I found in an old copy of VAV magazine, I believe they are called Rowen Berry towels.  I think they look like Shaker Farm Christmas towels and decided to list them as such in my Etsy shop.

My Shaker Farm Christmas towels have handwoven hanging loops I made to match.  I do love to add a hanging loop to my towels.

Thought I would try my hand at weaving up some dishcloths.  Trying to come up with several different monikers for these is hard.  So far, I have dish cloth, kitchen dish rag, woven cloth and not much else.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. 

Used bleach white cottolin as the warp for the dish cloths and a few different colors of cottolin for the weft.  Quick to weave and I believe they will hold up over time for duty in the kitchen.

Happy Weaving!  Stay Safe and Healthy

Monday, August 31, 2020

Iron Lady


Yesterday, Mike and I drove down-state to Zeeland to pick up this lovely 1887 Singer VS-2 treadle sewing machine.  While loading the machine into our car, we noticed that the "coffin top" wood appears to be tiger stripe oak or maybe cherry.  Really beautiful wood.

Here she is without her protective coffin top.

Nice close up of the machine reveals that she is a fiddle head Singer, fiddle head because of the shape of her bed.  Considering that fact that this lady is 133 years old she is in great shape don't you think?  I hope I look this good when I am half her age.

My Iron Lady came with her original puzzle box of various parts and accessories.  She even came with sewing needles that are 133 years old!  Isn't it nice that all of her past owners have kept her and her accessories together since she was a young lady?  I am grateful to all of them.

Today I will spend some time cleaning up my beautiful girl (the rust on her face plate has to go) and getting acquainted with her.  Decided that because she is an Iron Lady I will name her after another famous Iron Lady that I have much admired during my lifetime, Lady Margaret Thatcher.  Believe I will call her Margaret.

Stay safe out there my friends and as always, Happy Weaving!

Friday, August 21, 2020

Hired Help On The Farm


For the last few days we have had hired help here on our farm.  The scooter you see above is one of two the help uses to transport themselves from their farm which is right down the farm lane from ours.  Look closely and you will see there is no seat and the tires are hard rubber.  

Our wonderful help are 4 young Amish brothers who are helping us move a ton of gravel and rocks from our back yard to the new "rock pile" way out in back of our acreage.  These brother's range in age from 4 years old (yes, you read that right), 7 years old - these two are twins and the eldest of the group 11.  Hard working, cheerful, polite and just a lot of fun to be around.  We are delighted to call these youngsters our "adopted" grandkids.  The never fail to bring a smile to our faces and our hearts.  Have no fear, our hired hands are being paid well (much to the consternation of their Mother, who feels they have already been paid too much money).

Out of respect for them I will not take photos of them, I did have permission to take a picture of their scooter.

Sassy has been supervising our hired help to ensure they are doing a proper job at all times.  If she had her way the boys would be bringing her lots of apple treats.

No weaving progress this week, farm chores keep getting the way.

Stay safe out there and as always, Happy Weaving!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Repeat Of A Favorite


I have woven these particular towels before and really enjoyed the experience so with that in mind I did a repeat performance.  Something about the high quality of the cottolin yarns, the subtle silvery grey and charcoal yarns sooth me.  I have noticed that the longer I weave the more I turn to simple Scandinavian style color palates and weaving drafts.  

Still working on my first draw loom warp.  Not really crazy for the diamond shapes, but I had a blast pulling all the various draw cords to make the pattern.    My drawloom has an 8 yard warp on it, I figure it will take me awhile to get through the warp with various samples woven on it.  Thinking that maybe I will pick one of the many samples and weave up a towel, we will see if that indeed happens.

Farm chores are calling, the girls (our Highland Cows) are mooing for grain and cold water.  

Stay safe out there and as always....Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

On The Looms And On The Farm

I am continuing work on my first draw loom samples, the red area you see just going under the breast beam are Christmas bells.  The bells were easy to weave, but they are not something I will ever weave again - just a bit too "cutie" for my taste.    I much prefer the stars and the v- shapes farther up the woven web,

On the Gilmore are more of my favorite False Satin block towels.  These towels are a joy to weave, just enough detail to keep your interest and simple enough you don't get lost in treading.  I am thinking of weaving a few towels on this warp using black instead of the dark grey, seems like the younger crowd likes black and grey in their kitchens these days.

During these very hot days of summer our Scottish Highland cattle drink a lot of cold water.  This is Clyde, he is named after the River Clyde in Scotland.  All our Highland "Coos" are named after famous Scots or Scottish Landmarks.   Clyde has taught himself how to drink out of the water hose -- he is the only cow in our fold that does this.  

Stay Safe & Keep Weaving

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

One More Time

They say that three times is the charm, maybe just maybe I can get my blog to actually work correctly this time.  Cross your fingers, I know I am.

Lots of changes around here as far as my weaving life is concerned.  I decided after years of contemplation that a draw loom was something I needed to add to my skill set as a weaver.

Early this spring Mike and I drove down state to Stevensville, MI to purchase what was advertised as a Glimakra Ideal draw loom.

Long story short, the loom is actually a Glimakra Standard 110cm Countermarch single unit draw loom.  The picture above is of the loom sitting in what used to be known as our guest room and is now known as the other studio.  Here you can see the loom in the process of being stripped of it's old and very dirty cotton cordage and various out-of-date single unit draw loom pieces.

In this picture you can get an idea of what the loom looked like from the front when I picked it up from the seller.  The overhead beam is for the single unit draw leashes and is exactly the perfect height for me to hit my head each and every time I walk to the front of the loom.  Solution, get rid of the darn thing.

Two and half months later here is my lovely draw loom completely redone as a 50 shaft draw loom.  Mike built me the large extension on the back and remounted the beam.  He also had to help me figure out how to make a 120cm Myrehyd shaft attachment fit my horizontal countermarch - much head scratching and lots of math later we achieved a perfect union between the attachment and the loom.

Here is my first ever attempt at draw loom weaving.  Although this type of weaving is slow, I am having a blast!

Up close so you can get an idea of what I have been weaving.

Until next time, stay safe out there - Happy Weaving!

Return To The Land Of The Living

 I have finally returned to the land of the living after a very long episode of bronchitis.  Seems that every time I catch a cold these days...