Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Crafts

I have not been doing a lot of blogging lately, because I have been busy rocking my first quarter back at school. I was a little worried about being able to do the school thing again, but I am glad to report that I still got it.

Now I am on Winter Break, and Gus isn't off until next week. Being a one-car-family, that means that I'm at home this week (I'm more than happy to take the bus, but it won't stop raining!).

Here are a few of the things that I've been making to keep myself busy:

Paper snowflakes!
Hemming all those napkins I made MONTHS ago.
And a new warp! I'm not sure about those colors. But I'm starting to think that I never am at this stage.
And you may have noticed at the beginning of this post that I am teaching myself to embroider. So much fun!
Tomorrow I get to go visit my mom and bake for the holidays!

note: the embroidery at the top of the page came from Sublime Stiching's Rock 'N Roll pack

Friday, November 20, 2009

Black and White Scarves

I realized while uploading yesterday's photos that I never posted photos of the finished black and white scarves. I really fell in love with this one after it came off the loom. I thought I was going to sell it on Etsy, but I wear it all the time and don't think I can give it up.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blue and Orange Scarves

I would love to blame my lack of time for weaving on school. I'm a student now, so I have to study! But that really isn't true. I manage to do the vast majority of my schoolwork on campus. Which means that I have two mornings per week and 3 full weekend days free. Unless I have a test, and then I do study at home.
Most of my time is absorbed by this new house! There is just so much to do! It can always be improved. Being a home owner really makes you care a lot more. Things like pulling out blackberry will haunt me until I do it, so I spend my time on that instead of weaving. Sad.

But I did finish these scarves! Here they are drying on the sun-lit loom:

And a fairly blurry picture of me modeling one:
I decided to cut them off of the warp when I finished them so that I could get them in the mail faster. I did not realize how long my warp was! I think I could get another scarf out of it! So now I'm confronted with the dangling knots of procrastination. I need to motivate and get the rest of this warp woven!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sticky Harness

I have an on-going problem with my 7th harness. Sometimes, after I take my foot off of the treadle, it sticks in place instead of falling down with the rest of its buddies. It seems to happen more often the further into a weaving session I am. It won't stick when I first sit down at the loom, but after a few minutes it will. This has been happening for a long time, but I always thought that it had something to do with the floor being uneven at my old house. But now I'm in a new location on nice solid wood floors, and it is still happening. I have loosened bolts that might be forcing the harnesses to rub against one anther, I have oiled all the little metal hinges, I have even removed all of the harnesses and changed their order. But still, it sticks! And it really slows me down, because I need to stop and lower it with my hands.
My theory is that is might be caused by weight distribution, the unused headles tend to slide around on the harness, and maybe when there are more headles on one side than the other, the harness frame leans and gets wedged against the castle walls. But then, why doesn't it happen to the other harnesses that have just as many unused headles?

Any ideas/ suggestions? Has anyone else had this problem with the Schacht Wolf looms?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Color Sampling

I did a little color sampling this morning to see which looks better: light blue on dark blue, or dark blue on dark blue. Which do you like better?
That's cool, but your opinion doesn't matter because the bride gets to choose. haHA!With flash to make the pattern stand out:

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I have been weaving!

Or at least planning and warping.
Between school and buying a house, I've been a little busy lately. But I have been working on a weaving project for my favorite Becca!

I'll admit I had some doubts about color, but I really really like it now that it is all warped on. And I'm really happy that it is all warped on, because now I can fold up the Mighty Wolf and move it to its new home in our new house!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

White on White

I didn't really expect the white on white idea to work. But I'm pretty happy with it. The warp is still 8/2 bamboo, and the weft is a thicker, softer knitting bamboo yarn.

And now for a little color, here is how my experiment with the Weavette turned out. The blue on orange almost made me go blind. I wanted to see if I used two very bold colors in a 7 shaft satin if I would end up with a solid blue side and a solid orange side. Pretty close, but those orange picks are pretty pronounced on the blue side.

Monday, September 21, 2009

First M&W Scarf Finished

Here is the first scarf off this M&W warp at about the half way point:
And here is the end of it. I just finished the hem stitch. I plan to do the second scarf on this warp in all white, but two different thicknesses of bamboo. I'll show you how it turns out.
As a distraction I'm using my little weavette loom to sample a blue and orange satin. I love this little thing because if I have doubts, I can just weave a tiny patch. Plus, having to do it by counting threads rather than lifting shafts forces me to intimately understand my weave structure. And I can take it far more places than I can take my floor loom.

Friday, September 18, 2009

M & W Scarves

I've got a new warp on. And check it out, I got to use my awesome new raddle for the first time. The raddle is the slightly lighter colored component on top of the loom, it helps when dressing a loom from back to front.
And here is a somewhat hard to see picture of the scarf I am currently weaving. The warp is 8/2 bamboo in white, and the weft is 8/2 tencel in dark gray.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Crammed and Spaced Scarves

All 3 Crammed and Spaced scarves are off the loom. The warp of all 3 is 8/2 tencel in light green with a taupe border. The top scarf has a forest green 8/2 tencel weft, the middle is a taupe 8/2 tencel weft (the same color as the border), and the bottom is a light green 8/2 bamboo weft. The pure tencel ones are very soft, but I think the bamboo one will get softer over time.
Check out my awesome hem stitch!
As a reminder, here is how this one looked on the loom:
This one with the taupe weft is becoming a gift tonight, so I went ahead and took lots of pictures. More of the others to come.

note: The inspiration for these scarves came from the Crammed and Spaced chapter of The Handweaver's Pattern Directory, by Anne Dixon

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Tomatoes

I picked close to 30 lbs, canned between 20 and 25 lbs.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


My mom has a lot of tomatoes. Here is how we made use of 15 lbs of them on Friday. We used the recipe found at kitchen addiction, if you want to try.

We ended up with 11 jars of salsa! And it is good.

I've also been weaving. Here is the 3rd and last scarf on my recent "crammed and spaced" warp: