Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weaver to weaver 2015

Each year, Meg organises several online events that allows more contact between weavers than the normal reading and commenting on each other's blogs.

One of these events is called Weaver to Weaver where we send a small envelope of weaving-related items that mean something to ourselves and/or may inspire the receiver. 
I sent my envelop to Donni of loomandarty and received one from Patty of untangled stringfrom Utah in the United States. 

One half of the package relates to where Patty lives. The hand spun yarn and mohair locks truly reflect the textures and colours of her environment. Patty's pamphlet of the ski resort and the warning on 'you could die out here' made me smile as I am one of those totally non-outdoor person so there is no danger if I ever go to visit Patty in Utah................ although I really do appreciate the beauty of nature.

The second half are items from her extended stay in Thailand a while ago. It is very interesting as I have just been reading the blog post on Kaz's tour to northern Thailand and Laos. Despite the differences in culture, and landscapes of the 2 places so far apart, I can see some similarity in the colours! 

I am learning to use more colours in my work so these images and yarns are good push in the right direction. In saying that, the last 3 items that came off my looms were still black, white and grey. 
Thank you Meg and Patty for your inspirations, and happy weaving!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A day in the life of looms 2015

Every New Year's day, Meg has been posting photos of what is on her looms. She also has links to other people who are sharing their 'day in the life of looms 2015' at the end of her post. Join us if you are interested. She has also put up guidelines to the next Weaver to Weaver.
I been neglecting my blog last year as I got a bit hooked on Instagram. However, there are limitations as to how  much I can share on that platform and I am hoping to spend more time back here in 2015.

For the last couple of weeks I have been giving my big loom some very thorough maintenance:
2500 heddles: washed and re-installed
160 lamm to treadles cords: washed and re-installed
80 new connecting cords from treadles connecting to lamm cords: installed. (I don't know if this is the best way but it will have to do for the moment)
I only have 3 more treadles to tie up.......
Hopefully, before the day ends, it will have a new warp on it.
KaTe: Thorp 8 shaft countermarche

New treadle connecting cords
The Saori loom is folded up and without warp. I am also hoping to rectify that is the next few days.
Chibi: Saori SX60 2 shaft folding loom
Primo, my Ashford table loom is folded up and packed away to I can't even take a photo. However, I do have plans for it this year........