Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Getting and staying warped!

The weaving continues. I warped with some sock yarn for a scarf. I am working on evening out my selvages and developing a rhythm. Reed made me a fabulous boat shuttle. It is my new favorite! Amazing how much lighter and easier to throw it is than the 15 inch Schacht.

2011 Race for the Cure

This year's Race for the cure has come and gone. Once again, it was all kinds of awesome! Our little team raised $1555.00. It is hard to capture how much it meant to have Rachel and Alan along side me. They ran the course in the morning and walked with me. Reed played paparazzi, parking illegally, snapping photos and doing the pick up and drop off duty! We went out for a lovely brunch afterward and then I came home and took a nippy nap!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Looming Large

Finally, my large loom is warped and I am actually weaving on it. After a very brief time with my smaller rigid heddle loom I knew I wanted a floor loom. I spent several weeks haunting the web, Craig''s list, weavolution, ravelry etc... It became apparent to me that a used loom was the way to go and I needed to find it locally as shipping was crazy expensive! I came across an ad for a used 36 inch Leclerc Artisat in Wake Forest and we went and took a look. It was/is approximately 30 years old and in good working order. Home with me it came and Reed took it apart and replaced the hardware. We polished it and then struggled with where to put it. We decided a corner of the living room was the most feasible place. Reed built me a bench, warping board, heddle stand and cone holder. The bench and warping board are in the photos above. The bench is gorgeous and the picture doesn't do it justice! I completed the first sample out of the Beginning Weaver's book and now have my second warp on the loom now. Hard to describe but weaving on it feels like coming home to something, deeply satisfying. I am looking forward to many hours on this loom and definitely have alot to learn.