Sunday, January 7, 2018

Weaving and studio progress

My last post was on Jan 3, and it's STILL blisteringly cold outside.  The good news is, it's supposed to start warming up tomorrow.

I've had two new additions to my weaving space (aka the basement, or cellar, depending on where you're from).  The first is a small rolling cart (with locking wheels) to hold my bobbins, shuttles, current project yarn, etc near whatever loom I'm working on at the moment.  I picked this up today and I'm pretty happy with it.  It holds and organizes more than my previous shuttle holder (a bar stool) although I would not be as comfortable setting my coffee cup on top.

The second new thing is a double-ended electric bobbin winder.  I ordered this on Ebay on Jan. 3, and it arrived yesterday!  I am delighted.  At this point I set it up with bobbin and thread, and press the pedal (regular sewing machine pedal) with my hand to give me more control while winding.  This thing is fast!  I am very happy with the winder, and delighted with the craftsmanship and customer service of the Ebay seller.

We've had a busy couple of days, but I spent some time yesterday and today with my Structo table loom.  Yesterday I got the warp threaded through the heddles and beamed on to the back beam.  Today I got the reed threaded and tied on to the front, and started weaving.

This is the project called "Scarf of Lucky Colors" from Next Steps in Weaving by Pattie Graver, and I'm doing it in two colors of Jaggerspun Zephyr and a dark blue yarn (possibly acrylic) of similar size.  Using the table loom is a little different than the floor loom (the shed is much smaller, for starters!) but it's not bad so far.  I haven't done a table loom project in a very long time, and I'm sure this little Structo (the reed is dated 1937) is happy to be of some use again.

I am liking this pattern, too!

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