Archive | November 2009

ThanksGiving

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Had a lovely Thanksgiving with Sis and husband. We left early because of threatened snow. Hubby says his truck does not do well in snow. But it was not a problem. There was a frosting of snow, making the trees very pretty and the old berms clean and tidy, but the road, tho wet. was clear and we did not have any problem. Got home to a cold house but even that is now warming rapidly.
Hope you all had a safe holiday. πŸ™‚

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Winter coming downhill

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The top of Morrison Gulch is about 4500′ so this white stuff is probably less than 2000′ above us. We had some sprinkles of it in the rain yesterday. It’s clear and sunny, as you see, today but the next storm, predicted for Friday, is being called a “Winter Storm”. I’m guessing that means lower snow levels. I was sure hoping it would wait ’till after TG as we’re invited to Sis’s which means three high passes, the highest & last to be cleared is at 5100′. Well, winter it is! πŸ˜› We’ll cope.

Meantime I’m still working at the new loom and inventing a new Hazel Rose loom at the same time. I wove a couple prototypes on it but am not satisfied with it just yet so am not going to tell you! :hehe:

But speaking of HR looms… Randy has been asked by a couple of different people to make Multi Loom triangles. One customer also wants a Multi diamond. Randy has been able to produce these variations. I just mention it as he has bragged that he can make anything so it looks like weavers are testing him!

Hope you are all enjoying the brisk weather and staying healthy! πŸ™‚

Getting the hang of it

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I am getting better with this loom. Starting to figure some things out. My selvages are still nothing to brag about but they do, I think, show some improvement. And I am trying to be patient with unweaving and fixing mistakes that I find as I go along. I’m sure more will show up once the fabric is off the loom but still… You know that saying about the running horse! :laugh:

Thrums

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Along with this kind of weaving comes things called Thrums. It’s the left-over or “waste” yarn from weaving on big looms. Lots of people come up with neat things to use these short bits for but the small hand looms offer many possibilities which I have been exploring. The furry looking one was woven on the 7″ square. I tied the 11″ bits together with an overhand knot leaving tails of 3/8″ or so. It was slow-ish weaving as the tails wanted to hang up but it was not difficult. Then I felted them in the washing machine. I love the look. These two are going to become a needle book for my yarn needles but I can see many uses for them. This was wool; all but the center triangle square have been fulled, but not felted. It makes a nice fabric. That center triangle square was woven on a multi loom triangle which was a special order for Randy to invent! He rose to the challenge. πŸ˜€

Weaving Lessons

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Since I bought this nice used Baby Wolf loom I thought I ought to learn to use it so when Randy said he had a class for his water master certification Eureka, an artistic town, I started looking for weaving classes and found Linda Hartshorn at the Ink People for the Arts studio. Our trip did not fit any of her class schedules but she said she could give me private lessons. That’s why you see nobody at all those looms. Wednesday evening they are busy but today only that one in front was going with me on it. Linda had stepped out for a sec when I took the photo. I am so glad I went! I learned soooo much today! I think I am going to be able to weave on this loom and maybe even eventually be able to translate some weaving patterns to the small frame looms as weavers keep asking of me. X your fingers!
I’ll just add that if you get a chance to take lessons from Linda -do it, she’s a fabulous teacher! πŸ˜€