Friday, December 28, 2012

Surprise!

On Wednesday, Lou Ann and I went on an adventure.  We all love adventures after all now don't we!  It all started a couple of weeks ago when one of our students decided that weaving wasn't really how she wanted to spend her time.  She sent word through one of the other weavers that she was interested in selling the floor loom that she had bought several months before.

In an email just last week she told Carol, the Tuesday Weaver's instructor, that if someone would come to get the loom, they could have it for free!  Now, not too long ago, I had told Lou Ann that the only other loom I would get would have to be a free one!

I waited to see if anyone else snapped it up, and when no one did, I said that I would take it.  I still wasn't sure what I was getting.  Some said it was an 8 harness loom, Carl said that he had woven rugs on it.  So you can imagine my confusion!

When we laid eyes on the loom, we quickly realized that it was a 4 harness, counterbalance rug loom.  In fact, it is a Cambridge loom made by the Reed Loom Company that is no longer in business.  In the paper work that came with the loom I discovered that it was originally owned by the founder of our weaving department at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, Ellen Caine! 



I had known that our Weaver Carl had owned it for a time, after it had spent some time at the Center, and then it had passed to someone else named Heidi, then to the student, and finally to me.  I usually name my looms for the furthest back owner I can trace, but this time I think I will name him Carl, because I never met Ellen, but I know and love Carl!

To make room at my house, I am going to have to bring the Leclerc Mira back to the Center.  It needs lots of parts in order to work.  It is not a difficult task, just one I don't have room for now.  Maybe one of the other weavers will want to take that on.

Lou Ann graciously offered to house the loom in her garage, until my company leaves and I can make room for it in the guest room/Studio B, next to the Newcomb 2 harness rug loom.  Thank you again Lou Ann!  It needs a little bit of work to be fully functional, but nothing major.  Can you see the sectional beam hiding there on the floor!  Be still my heart!  I love sectional warping!  I can really pile on the yards effortlessly!

Tomorrow, the last of the kids will be on their way home and life should return to a more normal rythym.  I hope it does, I am ready to reclaim the Studio, both rooms, and get down to business!  Here's to a productive 2013!

Happy New Year!  Until next year, Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, December 24, 2012

Yum!

Pat it and roll it!


Spread butter and sugar and cinnamon!










Roll it up, roll it up!

Slice it just as good as you can!








Before you know it, it is in the pan!



You will have to wait until tomorrow for the final pictures, I will pull them out of the freezer tonight and let them thaw and rise overnight.  All I can say is YUMMMM!

Merry Christmas all!
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina


Friday, December 14, 2012

In Between

Last week Lou Ann sent me a link to a video, that her sister Joyce had sent her, to send to me!  It was a You Tube tutorial on felting wool around soap bars.  Of course, I had to try it out immediately!  I took some white roving and some red roving and some soap I had on hand and gave it a go.

I think they came out pretty good.   I have since watched several more such videos and have perfected my plans.  Wednesday, Lou Ann and I met at the Dollar Store here in town, and I picked up several of the Yardley soaps, and Lou Ann picked those as well plus a couple others they had on hand.

Today, between the cleaning and painting I need to do for the Christmas gathering that is going to happen at my place, I will be making batts of fluffy white wool for a base, and I think I am going to pull out the scraps of Alpaca I have from that last warp.  Of course, I have more of the red wool, as well as purple and blue and maybe some other colors hanging around.

These will be presents for our Mothers, who have everything that they need really, and who appreciate a hand made item, especially when it smells good!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Saturday, December 8, 2012

It's Time!





It is time once again for all those specialty foods to make their appearance.  You know the Chex Mix, the chocolate covered peanuts, the Egg Nog,  Cheese balls and crackers and finally, you guessed it, Pigs in a Blanket! 

I made close to 100 of these this afternoon for our Sunday School party tonight.  A quick warm up in the oven, and they were ready to go!

They were almost all gone when we headed for home.  Just enough to liven up breakfast in the morning.



I got a special order last week for a couple of hand towels using one of my Swedish Lace patterns.  I have wound the warp on and have threaded about half of it.  I just put enough on for a couple since I will need this loom for another order real soon.

Life is really crazy busy right now so not much weaving or posting going on.  Soon, I hope to settle down a bit, maybe after Christmas?  I can only hope.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina