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Thursday, June 28, 2012

One Step At A Time


Today I got the stapling 'station' set up and stapled 50 of one of the samples.  And then realized as I was putting that bucket away that I'd forgotten to staple the yarn samples to the page, too.  And then discovered that the yarn samples for the second sample I'd selected are not cut apart and therefore there is still about a half hour's worth of work before that one will be ready.  I think I'll set it aside and cut them tonight while watching tv and work on a different sample.  There are more, after all!

Yesterday I got my new 'eyes' and have been having some fun getting used to them.  Up close (sewing) is good, and distance is good.  It's that in-between place - working at the computer, reaching for things - that is still a bit of a challenge.  Yesterday my arms were way too short - I'd go to reach for something and miss!

So today I've been doing a variety of things - wound another scarf warp, coned off a skein in preparation for warp winding, stapled 50 samples (sort of), wove a scarf, got my back crunched and visited the library because one of my reserved books had come in.

Tomorrow I'm supposed to have a studio elf - a friend's 14 year old son needs something to do now that summer is here (well, it is supposed to be here - school is out, anyway!)  He will attempt to vacuum the studio and see if he can't at least corral some of the dust buffalo.  And who knows - if I can get two more scarves woven there will be some warp left on the loom so if he's interested - and likes the colour (a rather brilliant spring-ish green) I'll let him weave some when he gets the vacuuming done.  :)

Yesterday I managed to finish the four sided samples to be wet finished and will take a load of pressing to the annex on Sunday and do that.  A small number of the 'before' samples are also sewn and I think I'll do some more as a break from weaving.

So, all in all, a little progress on a number of different fronts.  No writing though - hopefully more tomorrow and then at least one page a day each day.  That's my goal if I'm to get it all put together before the end of July.  (Did you hear the gigantic swoosh as the July 9 deadline got moved?)

9 comments:

Louisa said...

Too bad we don't live closer - I love tedious and repetitive tasks like stapling samples. For awhile anyway! Not to worry. You'll get used to the specs soon. Just move your head until what you're looking at comes into focus. ;)

Laura Fry said...

Hi Louisa, the part of the job where I would really appreciate helping hands is the assembly. :) Yes, I'm making like a turtle, a little forward, a little back, a little up, a little down. :D
cheers,
Laura

Peg Cherre said...

Hi, Laura. A question - not related to this post, but I didn't want to go back & find the warping valet post. I just watched your warping valet video, again, and this time noticed that you have it rough sleyed in your reed. Is there a reason you don't spread it out in a raddle? Are you just not a raddle person, or is there a reason that the reed is more appropriate for this purpose?

Thanks!
Peg

Laura Fry said...

Hi Peg, when I went back to dressing the loom this way (instead of sectionally) I didn't own a raddle, remembered how I learned to spread the warp with a reed and did it that way. When I borrowed a raddle I found that with the high epi I was using the warp threads would twist around each other in the sections. The reed seems to keep the threads separated more (more divisions) and therefore the finer threads don't tangle as much. Since I don't own a raddle I just rough sley everything. If it works.... :)
cheers,
Laura

Peg Cherre said...

Thanks for that info, Laura. So do you use the warping valet & rough sley the reed when you're warping with rayon chenille, too?

Laura Fry said...

Yes, I wind one end at a time, use an 8 dent reed and put one loop (2 ends) per dent.
cheers,
Laura

Laura Fry said...

I should say, 16 epi is what I use for 1450 yyp rayon chenille...
cheers,
Laura

Peg Cherre said...

Interesting. I assume your experience has told you that with rayon chenille you DON'T save time by warping 2 ends at once using this method?

And when you use your warping valet with RC, wound 1 end at a time, does it go as quickly as with the cotton?

I REALLY appreciate your willingness to share your insights.

Peg
P.S. I'm now quite comfortable holding the shuttle thumbs up.

Laura Fry said...

Rayon Chenille needs a little 'extra' care and I found that winding two threads at once was not particularly helpful in terms of beaming (i.e.tangles). I also generally wind lots of little stripes of different colours so one at a time gives me more flexibility, i.e. a two thread stripe. At 16 epi that's a 1/8" stripe, useful for accents.
cheers,
Laura