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  Here you can see the loom in the process of being stripped of it's old and very dirty cotton cordage and various out-of-date single unit draw loom pieces.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!


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 we...