Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting for the Plumber

Today, I was supposed to go to Bible study at the church, and check on my MIL and Carl, one of our weavers, who had both suffered from that stomach virus that has been going around.  Instead, I spent the day waiting for the Plumber!  We thought that we might have some real issues down in the crawl space.

I quickly ran my addition to the snack table to the church and ran straight home.  I didn't want to miss him!  You don't want to miss the plumber when he comes to your house!  While I waited, I decided to tackle that pile of t-shirt strips.  I first separated the colors into piles, then I took stock of what I had.  I had 3 reds, 3 lavender/pinks,  1 peachy print, 1 tennessee orange and 1 tan.

I decided to work the reds from lightest to darkest, and the other colors from darkest to lightest, with the tan sprinkled in throughout.  Some of the smaller pieces I  had to sew together, while some of the strips were long enough to use as is.

 About that time it was late enough in the morning that I was able to call my MIL, she was feeling great, and out and about with friends.  I also let Lou Ann know that I was not going to be able to go see Carl in the hospital.  She went, and saw him, and he was sound asleep!  I think that is good!  :)

I was able to weave up about 6 inches of rug, when Dear One called to say that the plumber would be here around 2:30pm.  I was scheduled to do a bit of babysitting right around then, so I called to see if I could pick up the kids a little early.  That plan was approved, and executed.

Back home with the kiddos, after snack, I pulled out a shoe box of kid friendly beads that I had found last week, and we spent some time stringing beads.  Once they were occupied with the beads, I stepped over to the loom and continued with the rug.  Before too long, the kids asked to have a turn beating the weft in, so we did that for awhile.  I would run the weft through, step out of the way and let them have at it!  They did great!  I periodically had to step across the hall and sew a couple of smaller strips together, and I could hear them beating that rug!  They thoroughly enjoyed themselves!  After a while they pulled out the laptop and iPod, and played the allotted time on their favorite games.

The plumber finally came about 4pm, and spent some time checking out the situation, turns out there wasn't the supposed problem at all, and while he was here he inspected pretty much the whole system, and pronounced that everything was in great shape!  He went his way, and left me with peace of mind concerning that part of this old house.

Soon after,  Papa, (Dear One), showed up, and had to witness the weaving abilities of the kiddos,  He was impressed!  Just a few minutes later, their Dad showed up, he too was impressed with their weaving abilities, then he had to hustle them home for an appointment he had to keep.  There were hugs all around, and I will see you tomorrows.  Then while I fed the critters outside, Dear One started our own dinner of whole wheat pasta inside.  YUM!!!

I managed to get about 24 inches woven on the rug today.  I really like weaving with the old t-shirts, they are soft and so colorful, which is so good on this black and white Hollywood warp!  I am already plotting how I can get ahold of more of them.  I am going to get the word out to my friends, and see what comes my way.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina
When I get a chance I am listening to Orson Scott Cards "Ruins", the sequel to "Pathfinder"

Friday, February 15, 2013

Pink, Orange, Tan and Red!

Last week I mentioned that I did not like the colored loopers with the Hollywood Warp.  I had also noticed that I had neglected to add on a floating selvedge so that there were going to be floats along the sides of the rug.  I do not like to add a floating selvedge as an afterthought because I can never get the tension to behave, so what to do!

On Tuesday, I talked to Lou Ann about it, and she suggested I just unthread the outside ends and use them!  So that is what I have done!  I un-wove the loopers that I did not like, freed the outside ends from their heddles, made sure that the errors that I had corrected  in the middle of the piece are secure and tied back on.

Now I needed to find a weft that will do justice to this warp!  I suddenly remembered that years ago Pat,  one of the Tuesday Weavers, had given me a bag of cut up t - shirts and socks.  I had dutifully placed them with all the other fabric I have for rugs, and forgot about them.  Today, I pulled that bag out, separated the socks and looked really hard at the t - shirt strips.

Pink, red, tan, and orange.  I wonder if it is enough to do a rug, or if  I will need to add to it?  These are already cut in strips, but not sewn together.  It is going to be fun putting these together for this rug.  I may piece together the similar colors and use several shuttles to do a hit and miss rug.  I was pleased with the placemat  I did using that technique.  I may be able to tell if I need to add to this if I do that too.

This afternoon is going to be fun!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, February 8, 2013

Carl and Alice

The Cambridge loom, Carl, is loaded and I have woven a bit of a hem in black to show off the warp pattern.  I have about 5 inches woven in colorful loopers, I don't know if I will do many rugs with these loopers, because the cool warp is lost in all the confusion!  

On Tuesday at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, during lunch, I mentioned that I had a 2 harness Rug loom that belongs to the Center, and that I would be willing to part with it if there was anyone interested in loom sitting!  This afternoon, Eiko, one of our wonderful bunch of weavers, is going to come take a look at Stuart the Studio loom.  If Eiko ends up taking this loom, I will be left with only the looms that belong to me. (That would still be 6!)

 Now over to the last loom to get warped, the 29 inch Leclerc, Alice.  This is a really old, jack style loom, I am not even sure which model it is,  it looks like a Mira, but I thought they were all Counter Balance looms!

I am loading this loom with some of  the 100 yd 12/3 cotton warps that I have on hand. ( I really will miss these warps, if I ever come to the end of them!)  2 warp widths give me 19 1/2 inches in the reed, perfect for hand towels and napkins.  It is a bear to wind on though,  these warps are sticky, sticky.   I can get about 2 beam rotations in before I have to go to the front of the loom and referee!

I have a set of lease sticks between the castle and the back beam,  I will place another set  on the other side of the castle to help control the sticky threads and  help me when it is  time to cut the chain, since there is now way it will all fit on the loom!

When I have wound on all that the warp beam will hold,  or I run out of sticks,  I tie the cross again on that second set of lease sticks, and cut the chain, tie it,  and put it back in the tub.   I haven't come to the end of one of those warp chains yet, and I have done dozens of napkins and hand towel!

That is about it from me this week, you can find my other adventures from this week on the Tuesday Weaver's blog Loomy Tunes.  For now times a wasting, back to work!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, February 4, 2013


The Slipper Chair I bought from Christy a couple of weeks ago is perfect for threading!
Looks like Bar-code to me!

All that is missing is the Treadle board.

Isn't that pretty!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hollywood Warp

The Cambridge Rug Loom is almost completely put together, all I need now is the board that goes across the front of the loom that holds the treadles.  This week I turned around the Sectional Rakes, and added the ties that someone had cut off when they had turned them to the inside and added the apron.  I left the apron on the loom, I decided to save some future Weaver the hassle of making an apron, I wound it tightly and tied it out of the way on the inside of the warp beam.  I figured that  I am not the first person to own this loom, and I probably won't be the last!  Not everyone is as in love with sectional warping as I am.

I have been stumped a little about how to go about warping this loom without a tension box to fit the rounded breast beams, or the thread guide that originally came with the loom.  I had heard that Ann, one of the Tuesday Weavers has one of those guides and she will bring it next time she makes it to the Center,  but of course, I wanted to warp this loom yesterday!  Linda reminded me, Tuesday that I could use the thread guide card from my tension box.

The thread guide card does actually sit right in the groove that is in that back beam.

I will snug up those zip ties to keep it from moving!
It is also just under 3 inches wide when I place it this direction, which is perfect since that is the space between the pegs on the sectional beam.

 Lou Ann and I had run into this pattern several years ago.  It was on her Orco rug loom that she calls John, it was in some very interesting colors, if I can recall there was pink, lavender, yellow and purple.  We were thrilled to see it in print in the "Rag Rug Handbook" by Janet Meany and Paula Pfaff.   I am doing it in black and white, as the author did,  but I am changing the width of the rug, to fit my 3 inch sections, and going to use a totally different weft than she did, I will probable use up some of those loopers the Tuesday Weavers got last year, and I can't wait to see what jeans look like under this threading.

16 yards
I wound the first section, tied it off, chained it and headed for the loom.  I carefully threaded this first bout, but when I got to the end I was short 2 threads!  I quickly consulted my chart and realized that I had left out a whole section of white and gone straight to the big black section.

I wound the white section and as I wound on that first bout, I carefully chained off the black threads that I would need for the next section.

first bout
First section done, this is taken from the inside of the loom, so it is reversed.

only 36 thread to worry about
 To thread the card, I hold the cross in my left hand and thread the holes in the thread guide card, in order, from bottom to top, 5 holes each row, but 6 in the last row.

turn your head to the side, please
First bout
I keep a good bit of tension on the warp as I wind, and so far it has gone swiftly with minimal tangling.

2 bouts, again from the inside of the loom

The two end bouts, are different from the rest of the warp, so I am doing them first.  I may pull out the spool rack and do the middle bouts in the more traditional way, I will just have to count my rounds.  16 rounds is a lot of rounds to keep track of!

My very favorite tool

I am also winding spools for the new Bread Cloths warp, I will be putting on 40 yards this time.  Last time I wound these spools I learned that it wasn't a good idea to fill them too full, it is so easy for them to get messed up if I do.  I am using 8/2 cotton, at 20 epi, last time I tried to load those 20 spools with enough to do the whole  20 yard warp.

12 down, 28 to go!

This time I am winding 40 spools, and if I need to, I will stop and refill.  I will wind on all of the natural bouts first, then I will chose the colors I want to use for the stripes.  Since I am going to be changing stripe colors halfway through this project, I may wind 20 yards on the warping board and then load them on the tension box.  When the first color runs out, I can tie on the next one, at least that is what I am thinking now, I may change my mind later.

Okay, that is enough resting by the fire, it is off to work in the studio I go,

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina