Monday, September 26, 2016

When life gives you stick shuttles, make lease sticks...or the start of the 100 warps project.

I recently bought a house, and last week I had my first house guests, two friends who are both fantastic textile makers, and weavers. They helped me set up my Wool room, so now Bertha has a forever home, looking out at a garden I planted with high hopes of attracting bees and birds and butterflies. It is not much now, but hopefully will fill in. The window you see is the window to my wool room and when I am weaving I look right over the back of the Buddha's head and have already seen cardinals , robins, and monarchs.

I was showing my handspun cotton stash to my friends and talking over various drafts to use and we got sidetracked and eventually I doodled a draft in a notebook, and decided to try it out in wool as I need to spin up more cotton to make a warp for more than two towels or so. They helped me pick out some yarn from my stash and we set to warping. I have no lease sticks, so we made due to with some stick shuttles, thrums, and painter's tape. It worked!

I literally did a happy dance as I saw the cloth start to grow. This is literally clothing have dreamed of making. It was all handspun, leftover Manx Laughton from gnomespun I made into a sweater, some brown wool, and a yarn from the gnomespun spinning fiber club from a few years ago. The weft is a brown Shetland. 

Once I saw the fabric develop and talked with my friends abou the value of practice, I decided to make 100 warps of this draft. I like how it looks, there is plenty of scope for exploration if I get bored, and the repetition will make sure I have warping down pat. I am just about halfway done with warp number two.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Vacation spinning

I recently got to spend time with some friends and each day we walked out in nature, a rare pleasure of mine. I have been having so much fun discussing the various plants and animals we get to see (Sandhills cranes! Whooping cranes! Wild turkeys!). To keep my hands occupied I take along my spinning, and I get a surprising amount done on my walks. This particular day I have been spinning white babydoll Southdown, and on the prior walks I have been spinning different colors, which will be combined into a hat and mitten set this winter.
I spin while walking often, and enjoy it very much. There are some tips and techniques which make it a little easier, and if you are interested I will be teaching classes on mobile spinning at the weavers guild of Minnesota this fall, , and at PlyAway this spring,

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tour de fleece

I don't think I ever posted the finished blanket:
Additionally, for the past four days I have been spinning spinning spinning for the tour de fleece, one of the highlights of my spinning year. This year I am working on spinning up a Jacob x Dorset fleece which will be woven into cloth and then sewn into the Siberian Parka from Folkwear. There are five colors of grey and a little white, and I call it the cloth of the five greys since someone mentioned that on Ravelry. Here is some of the spun, but not finished, yarn.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The weaving is done.

i am so proud of this piece of fabric. It is 100 percent handspun wool from my stash, most of the yarns spun for knitting. The set is 10 epi, and the twill reverses every time the colors change. Weft is brown coopworth. All that remains is the cutting, seaming and hemming.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Blanket in progress

Today I cut off the samples I have been weaving on Bertha and began to put on a warp of handspun from my stash. It will be a blanket. I made I through all the beaming on of the warp and threaded about a third of it. I am using a point twill threading. I have yet to decide on a weft, and may spin one this week yet.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Fiber friday

Almost every Friday I meet a friend who also works downtown to spin over our lunch break. Today I was was Ethiopian cotton sliver a friend sent me on an Akha spindle.