Time for Tapestry

Recently, my sister Ruth challenged me to create a wool tapestry on a cut length of linen warp she picked up at a sale. Since I have not yet worked with wool and have none in my yarn cache, she sent me collection of colors from her own supply. Whether my piece will be a rug…

Trapeze Weights

Bedroom Curtains Step 2

Step 1 Recap (Don’t miss Gallery Photos Below — Warping Loom with  the New Trapeze) When a test of yarn and weave pattern is successful, we think, “Oh, Man, I could have gone ahead with the project and be done by now.”  Right?  Yep. And when a test proves we have chosen the wrong pattern or a…

Project: Bedroom Curtains

Months ago, I vowed I would make new curtains for my bedroom.  Full of energy and enthusiasm, I tore down my old curtains and washed the blinds and the windows.  After I bought some nice cotton-rayon yarn, I waited for the magic to happen.  Eventually, it dawned on me that there was no Rumpelstiltskin to…

Loom Remodeling Job

Before we try out the trapeze, I would like to share some history of my old LeClerc Nilus II loom. As you know already, I bought the loom a year and a half ago. It is built of hardwood and very sturdy. Suitable for rug weaving. It was in usable shape, but had a few…

Weaving Fabric and Stories

My two principal interests are weaving fabric and story telling. Although at first it appears the two topics can be interwoven into one blog, I find in my Gemini mind they must be separate. After all, not everyone who wants to read about weaving fabric is interested in wending her/his way through a tall tale,…

Warping Trapeze

Warping Trapeze

Several years ago, I bought an ancient 4-harness LeClerc Nilus floor loom and began to learn to weave cloth.  So far, I’m doing pretty well, if I do say so myself. Except … with … Warping … Every serious weaver knows a project which turns out well links directly to the quality of the warping…

Mary E. Black on Overshot

There are several “Must Have” books which beginning weavers, if they are serious about becoming good at the craft, will need to find.  “New Key to Weaving,” by Mary E. Black, is one of those books.  The first issue was published in 1949, followed by reprintings in the ‘40s, ‘50s and maybe even the ‘60s. …

Back After a Long Time Out

On a Personal Note – I can’t believe fall is wending its way toward winter.  Since my last entry in spring, just before my milestone birthday, I have been busily chasing one or two elusive health issues.  Minor adjustments resulted in major improvements, and it looks like I will be good for another 25 years.  Taken…

Spring Project

“Spring has sprung,” the saying goes.  I don’t know if this is age related, or if it’s because my birthday is right around the corner (this is a serious milestone year I don’t even want to think about), but the older I get the less inclined I am to succumb to annual spring housecleaning impulses,…