Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Art Yarn?

Carol brought a bunch of her thrums yesterday, thrums are lengths of yarn, sometime almost a yard long, that are left over from a weaving project.  You never can weave the whole length, there is always some left between the back beam and the reed.  I was supposed to have brought my Louet S10, but like so many other things I was supposed to bring, I forgot it!  

We caught a glimpse of some yarn on a blog this week that was so interesting.  It seems that someone took some thrums and spun them up into Art Yarn.  The blogger then took the yarn and used it as weft for place mats. I have never spun Art Yarn before, and I am not at all sure how to do it.  I have looked on You Tube to see if there was any video that could give me some guidance, but was unsuccessful.

I took the thrums home and today I decided to try a few things,  I first started by sorting by length and colors.  I combined as many colors as I could, trying to get away from just using blues, which would be my natural inclination.  Here is the bundle, blues, greens, grays, purples, black and white.   The lengths are anywhere from 25 to 30 inches. 
I bundled them loosely with a single strand of yarn.
I then hung them on the distaff, what a mess!

I decided to not use a core thread for the first go round.  The colors work well together, but as you can see by the "yarn" below on the bobbin, there is a lot of yarn sticking out from the "yarn".  It is also really thick, and seems over twisted too!  I am not sure I like it.  
Next, I will try using a thin yarn as a core to see if I like it better.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Birthday Presents!

Yesterday was my Birthday!

I got a lot of good presents!  Nuff said!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, December 16, 2011

Something Special!

This always makes me think of the kids!

 We spent 11 years in Italy as Church Planters.  Our first year was quite difficult for us all.  Italy has many wonderful foods that we had to get used to, and we did in a very short time.  One of the foods that is pure Italian is Nutella.

I would have never let my kids touch the stuff before that first hard year, but I have to tell you we were looking for comfort wherever we could find it!  It is 50% sugar, and the add says, "It is as good for you now as it was for your mother then!"  What exactly is that saying anyway!

My Daughter has gotten me to sign up for Pinterest.  I still haven't gotten my invite, but while I was peeking at the page they let you look at, I saw a recipe for homemade Nutella!

This is all you need!  I took me awhile to find the Hazelnuts, but I kept at it until I found them.  I couldn't find them already shelled though.

There are several recipes, I chose the one from the Oh-Nuts website.
3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and with that skin removed, then chopped and pureed in a food processor til smooth.
3 squares bakers chocolate, melted in a double boiler
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
and 3 T of honey

Add the chocolate mixture to the hazelnuts in the food processor.  Mix away til blended, you may have to add a little bit of milk to thin it down a bit. It will keep for a month in the fridge, but I am sure it won't be there that long!

This is absolutely yummy!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A looong day!

It is getting close to Christmas, and we have the great pleasure of having my Daughter and Son in law come stay with us for a week or so.  If I am not mistaken, the last time they stayed with us was last Christmas.  A lot has happened to that bedroom since then....

In that room there was camping gear, (more gear on the landing too), boxes of stuff that I have been ignoring for way too long (we moved here 10 years ago!), 2 looms, all the knitting yarns, all the rug fabrics, 2 sewing machines and 2 spinning wheels.   I planned to move the camping gear to the shed.  I looked in the shed, no way was that going to happen!  I have to clean out the shed first!  In order to clean out the shed, I have to finish putting up the fence for the goats.  Well, I suppose I didn't have to do that, but it was one of the things I really wanted to get done today, so it came first.  I had the fencing up by 9am, ( I had put the posts in yesterday),  I transferred several long boards and planks to the barn, and I put them on top of the walls of the chicken room, I hope it will keep them a little warmer.  The shorter boards I stacked under the work bench, and ecco fatto, there was the floor!  I put all the chemicals that Dear One loves on the shelves, then I was ready to bring out the camping gear.  I finished all that by 11:30 am, then had lunch, and I may have taken a micro nap!

It was time to tackle the guest room,  with the camping gear gone I was able to maneuver the smallest loom out on the landing.

Next, I went through a bookcase that was overflowing with old school papers and stuff.  I threw away a lot of stuff!  I pulled the bookcase out from the wall, and cleaned the floor under it.  I moved it back in place and replaced the stuff I kept. I probably should have worn a dust mask!!

I  finally sorted through the 4 or 5 boxes, and found that most of it was books that could go to Dear Ones office!  (When he came home he loaded up the truck, and took  it all, right then and there!)  All that there is left is one box for my west coast daughter to go through when she comes home in March!

I put the Electric Spinner in it's case and under the Sewing Machine cabinet.  I centered the rug loom on the craft half of the room and put the other Spinning Wheel beside it.  I then dusted and vacuumed, cleaned the window, damp mopped the floor, and heaved a sigh of relief! 

This is a little blurry but you get the idea, bed and dresser.

I can see the floor!  Why can't it always stay like this!

I sat down in the rocking chair of the previous picture to show you the craft side of the room.  I am really pleased with how it turned out. It looks good and it smells good too!  Tomorow is our day off, so I will be resting!

Friday, I will organize and clean the main studio, but at least I don't have to clean the shed first! Now where is my Aleve?

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Place-mat Warp 2

I don't usually weave on Thursday since it is our day off.  This afternoon Dear One went on an errand, so I went up and wove  the first place-mat.   I had chosen the fabric last night and had already cut 2 shuttles worth of strips.  

I cut the strips to 3/4 inch. and pressed them folded in half.  I didn't really  fuss about the fabric in the shed, sometimes it was straight and sometimes it was twirled a bit, I just let it be. Next batch I may try a wider weft to accentuate the fun threading, maybe as much as 1.5 inches.  These are wide place-mats 16 inches in the reed, each place-mat will be 21 inches in length with 2 inches on each side for the hem.   This 12 yard warp should yield 16 place-mats, or maybe 12 place-mats and a runner. (if my math is correct!)


 A close-up....

Straight on.....

 I chose to do a hemmed edge instead of a fringed edge, I usually do.  I think it gives the piece a longer life.  I was able to do a bit on this second place-mat, before it was time to feed the critters. 

I may do a lighter fabric next set,  I plan to do 6 place-mats for both fabrics.  

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I got home a little early this afternoon, so I ran upstairs and finished winding on the new placemat warp.  I have cut down the Hollywood rug threading pattern that I found in the Rag rug book, so that it will work for placemats.

I was able to do a little sampling before I head out to Knit Night.

I used both light and dark fabric, so that I can see how the warp plays!  I love it, and I can't wait til I get some strips cut to weave up a batch!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, December 5, 2011

New Placemat Warp

There are as many ways to put on a warp as there are kinds of looms.  They all, however, are all about taming yarn, lots of yarn!  I have 2 looms with sectional back beams, and I can put a really long warp on those, (so far the longest has been 40 yards on both at the same time.)

Today, I am putting a 12 yard warp on the newest Leclerc, Alice.  She is only 28 inches wide, she is so cute! She does not however, have a sectional back beam, so I am using my warping board. This warp has the 3 colors that I showed you last time, and they are spread throughout the warp.  I wound each color individually, and threaded through the reed, placing each thread in it's proper place.

The foundation is laid by the color that is most predominant.   This took a little doing, because I am also using a 15 dent reed for a 10 epi warp.  I had to watch the color progression, and skip that 4th dent too!

Then I laid in the medium color.

Then the dark color, I had to correct a couple of mistakes along the way, I told you it was tricky!  I think it looks really nice, I can't wait to weave some up!

This afternoon I got it threaded, and this evening I may see if I can get it wound on.  If not then Wednesday for sure, tomorrow is Tuesday, so I am tied up with the weavers during the middle of the day, and then in the evening I have Knit Night at the Panera in town. Busy, Busy, Busy!

Next week, I will have to do a major Studio clean up!  My daughter and her Husband are coming in for the Holiday Season, and their bed is in the Studio overflow room! (Heavens there is even camping gear in there!)   I have one small light weight loom going to a new home, and a ton of sorting and organizing to do!   I do have their bed already made up though, so that is something.

Now, let's go wind one on!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I was packing up my inventory to send to the Nashville Show, when I realized that I am really low on a couple  things!  For example, I only have one set of  placemats and  1 runner, and I hope they sell this week!  I was casting about for ideas, and my eyes fell upon the Hollywood threading in the Rag Rug Book.  I first saw this threading on a loom that Lou Ann bought a couple of years ago.  We were first fascinated by the colors that were used, light and dark purple, pink and yellow!  It took Lou Ann some time to figure out the best treadling for this threading, turns out is was 2x2 twill.

Let me see if  I can give you an example of  what it will look like,

',' ,', ',' ,', ///\\\///\\\ ,', ',' ,', ',' ,', ',' ,', ',' ///\\\///\\\ ,', ',' ,', ','  ( this is the threads as they appear in the rug, sort of.)

OK, that took forever!  One of the cool things is that the chicken track  formed by the ',' are either light or dark and the ones that are opposite are well, the opposite! Also, the twill parts are divided between light and dark as well.

In the Rag Rug book, they use black and white as their light and dark, I think I will soften it up a bit and use tan for my light and 2 shades of blue for my dark.

I haven't yet decided how I am going to split up the blues, I will try it out on the weavedesign program first.  This is a wonderful tool that we ran across on the Pike Peaks Guild website.  The program is provided for free, though you are encouraged to send a donation to help defray their costs.  I can play for quite awhile using the program, and not have to waste time doing it in real life!

I have however, begun to wind the tan, I am doing a 12 yard warp, that should be enough to last awhile.  I   have chosen to use 10 epi, and I will use rag strips as weft.  I could of course use bunched carpet warp as weft as well, and I may try it too.  I do have carpet warp!


That is it for today, Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

ETA: Photos  of weave design, emphasis on dark on top, emphasis on light on the bottom. I think I will go with the top one!