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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Am I Blue?

Yes I am.  Loving this blue warp.  It doesn't look like much at a distance though, so I'll get a better photo once it comes round to the back of the loom.

As usual I'm weaving it 'upside down' in order to lift the fewest shafts.  This puts the majority of the linen on one face of the cloth, the cotton on the other.

Part of this warp will be used for samples for the Seattle Weaver's Guild.  I'm no longer a member - let that lapse this year - but since I'm using Lynn's yarn as weft and I know the person in charge of samples, decided to contribute another one.  I'm sure that Lynn isn't the only weaver who had this particular yarn in her stash.  :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Yesterday I was very, um, distracted.  I kept changing my mind about what I would work on 'next' instead of focusing on what I am working on 'now'.  And that is this lovely, very red, painted scarf warp.

I am very affected by colours and today this red is really appealing.  But I also have that blue towel warp to thread on the AVL, so I will be alternating between the two looms.

In the meantime I got Doug to drag four boxes of yarn to the studio from the annex and on Friday I'll ask a friend to help me unload, sort and put it 'away'.  Some of it is skeins that need to be put onto cones so they will be easier to work with, plus easier to see on cones on the shelf rather than a jumble of skeins.  And then I can start designing another line of scarves.

I am on a mission to use up as much of my stash as possible and that objective is coming along quite nicely as I am working on the principle of 'slow and steady as she goes'.  Since I don't know when the surgery will happen I'm trying to get as much as possible done now.  The good news, however, is that several friends who already belong to the Zipper Club have said that recovery didn't take very long at all.  So I'm staying hopeful and positive that once the surgery is done I will be better than ever.

And a big thank you to those of you who have shared your experience.  It really helps.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Spinning Workshop with Kim McKenna

Imitation: the Sincerest Form of Flattery September  20/21 in Prince George, BC
Technological advances over the last few decades have rekindled our interest in the innovative fibres of the mid-twentieth century. Industry can now successfully manipulate a fibre’s surface texture, longitudinal shape, crimp, staple length, tensile strength and cross-sectional shape. But has it truly been able to imitate the drape and lustre of silk as envisioned by English naturalist Sir Robert Hooke, English chemist Joseph Swan, Swiss chemist Audemars or Louis Pasteur’s student Count Hiliaire de Chardonnet? You be the judge; as we explore fibres with exotic names such as: Bamboo Silk, Corn Silk, SeaCell, Silk Latte, Soy Silk, etc. With this, albeit brief, hand-on study you will come to appreciate and understand these ‘new’ fibres’ strengths, their weaknesses, their positive contributions and their negative impacts/drawbacks. This in turn puts us in a better position to make our fibre choices in an intelligent and mindful manner. 
Kim McKenna http://www.claddaghfibrearts.com

Materials fee is $50, class is $150 for a total of $200. We are asking for $50 deposit to hold a spot. Guild members can send deposit to the treasurer, Birthe Miller. If you aren’t a member and would like to become one, email me laura at laurafry dot com and I will put you in touch with our membership person for details on cost.

Even though I'm not really a spinner, I'm looking forward to this workshop in order to find out a lot more about the new fibres available to spinners (and weavers).
People from out of town are welcome to participate - there are 3 spots left - and we will try to find billets with local guild members for anyone who wants one.
Kim has gotten very busy with her teaching lately and will be at Knit City in Vancouver in October.  We are very pleased that she was able to fit us into her schedule.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Publication Info

I've been assuming that people already know what A Good Yarn: Rayon and Weave a V are all about.  So for those of you who do already know you may want to skip the rest of this post. Or you might want to give me some feedback on the question of digitizing the series...

A Good Yarn (the series) came about because it was apparent that too few people really knew or understood the essential characteristics of the various fibres that we work with.  So each publication in the series dealt with the fibre characteristics and how those might be affected by preparation for and spinning.  Other information such as the difference between 2/8 and 8/2 cotton was given for Cotton, various yarn counts for Rayon, burn tests and other interesting things were were included.

Then I wove samples with various types of yarn and included before and after wet finishing so that the change in appearance and feel could be clearly illustrated.

The copies were signed and numbered.

Rayon is the only title left as Cotton and Linen/Hemp are now sold out.  Will I digitize these publications?  Possibly.  With my teaching schedule curtailed, I might possibly have the time to tackle this in the new year.  It depends on whether or not there is sufficient market for it?

this photo shows the text pages, the 7 samples with the before/after samples and tassel of the yarns used

If you are looking for Su Butler's in depth look at rayon chenille, it is still available at her website

Weave a V was written by Kerstin Fro:berg and details how to create a V shaped shawl using double weave.  Instructions are for both rising and sinking shed looms.

page showing how to deal with the fold that makes the V

Cover showing rainbow shawl

Scarf with pockets woven in and small coins inserted

Weave a V is $20 ($5 shipping) and A Good Yarn:  Rayon is $40.  Buy both (or any two items, including towels - email me for pictures or read previous posts) and get free shipping.

Currently reading  Shots Fired by C. J. Box

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lynn's Legacy

next in the queue - the lighter coloured cones on the right 

30 yard warp cut off the loom and mounted onto the work table to be cut apart and serged

This evening I finished weaving the cream warp, cut it off the loom and readied it for the next step in the process - cutting the towels apart and serging the ends.  I ran out of weft right about the time I ran out of warp - there was a half bobbin of tow linen left and a yard of warp - too little to weave another towel.

Yesterday and today I have been working on the next warp.  The tubes are pulled and set onto the spool rack, threading worked out, two options for treadling ready.

The yarn on the right used to be fairly easy to buy - I think the company (Linos La Union) has gone out of business as it's been many years since I've seen this particular yarn available.  I don't know the size nor the yards per pound.  All I know is that it is a lovely yarn and weaves up beautifully.  Lynn had already given me several cones of this yarn before she died.  Imagine my surprise when we found three more cones.  And they are hefty cones.  The two larger ones weigh in at 3 pounds 13 ounces each, the smaller one is 2 pounds 4 ounces.  It appears to be about half the thickness of the singles 12 tow linen (yes I found more cones - much darker brown than the 11 pounds I just finished!) so I'm thinking it must be around 6000 to 7200 yards per pound.  With nearly 10 pounds of this fine singles, I am going to be weaving tea towels for a very long time.

In fact, I'm starting to run out of the 2/16 cotton and will be forced to buy more next month.  In the meantime I have enough to wind this warp and a few more but I'd also like to have a broader range of colours for people to choose from than what I have available here and now.

Need to start dreaming some new fibre dreams.  Brassard will soon be open for business again after their summer vacation.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Day 'Off'

Some of the towels available on the July Special of buy two items get free shipping - I can send photos of what is available...prices range from $24 to $36 each.  A Good Yarn: Cotton is now sold out (unless I find another copy hidden away, but I think I've got them all unpacked now).  A Good Yarn:  Rayon - 21 left.  Weave a V - lots.

When you are self-employed, every day is a potential work day.  It is also potentially a day 'off'.

And so it was yesterday.  I've been pushing myself steadily since getting home from Vancouver and it was time to set the studio aside for a bit.  The morning was taken up with doing the 'mom' taxi thing, knitting drop in and then an email from a friend asking if I wanted to visit.  We arranged to meet at Tim Horton's (coffee chain here in Canada) and we talked the whole afternoon.

By the time I got home it was dinner time and after we ate, instead of heading down to the loom, I worked on the mountain of hemming.

Today I got some news on the health front - some positive, some - well, time will tell if I can take the new medication without nasty adverse effects.  :(

Currently reading Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wait For It...

A few days ago Katie asked about the Big Project.  Soon, my dears, soon will come the Big Reveal...