Wednesday, September 26, 2007

What's up?!?!?!?

Some wacky stuff is going on behind the scenes. We have decided to go full fledge in the yarn market and create a line of yarns!!! What!?!?!?! This is so much fun. We are hand painting roving in wool and wool blends then spinning. Our first line will be called 'Color Codes'. Here are some results.
This yarn is now available on Etsy!!!

Also, and I may be ahead of myself a little here, if the EtsyFAST challenge for October is the elements, the first in the series is done. FIRE!!!



Saturday, September 22, 2007

When North Meets South........

I have no idea what that title is supposed to mean, it was just the first thing that came to mind:)

Sometimes it happens that you make a set of something and someone likes it but they also like something else that is a set. What to do, you ask? Well, break the sets of course:) I don't have a problem with breaking a set and honestly, I should have had them wrapped as a set but did not. Grouping items together doesn't always mean set.....hello!!! Then the challenge came.....I can't just sell one towel (I mean I could but, they are much better as a set) so, off I went to make a complimentary towel. Different but the same. Since it is not the best idea in the world to just dress the loom for one towel, I decided on doing a few sets.

These two pictures show the waffle weave towel from the broken set and the new match using the same light blue still on the loom.


This is another set.


Finally, this set was a blast because of it's optical illusion. When I started weaving I was concerned because it appeared that I was loosing tension on the warp some how. I couldn't quite see where or how. After about 5 minutes of staring at the pattern, I got down and looked down the front beam. As you can see from the pictures the side view shows straight lines but the top view shows wavy lines. You can only imagine how happy I was when I was done weaving this set:)


OK. Here are just two of the hand dyed rovings. We are not sure how these are going to be offered yet. The plan is to spin and sell as yarn (that was Urs's idea), horde them (my idea), or just sell painted roving. We have opted for all three and are still working out the business plan. The new line will be available probably on Etsy only starting in October. Be sure to keep a look out.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

September EtsyFAST Challenge

Finally the EtsyFAST challenge for September items have been listed. It takes only a few days to finish a project, it is the listing that has been taking a while. I have yet to figure out why. :) Something I'll have to work on, I guess.

One set was an order, the second set is in a gallery, and this set is now available on Etsy.
In other news some more shibori scarves are ready to go for the fall 2007 season and will be in one of the boutiques by October. They have been a lot of fun and although they are a little more work than a regular scarf. I have some serious plans for this upcoming line.
The next issue of Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio Newsletter will be available soon!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Okay Warping Back to Front Finally

Alrighty. I'm ready. Not only did I decide that warping back to front is the way to go but, I remembered to take pictures of the whole process to document. I encourage everyone out there who warps front to back to take a step out of the box and give this a try. I cut an hour and a half (and that's not even counting beaming!!!) off of my loom dressing time!!! Imagine that!!!
I am by no way claiming to have it all down pat as each of us has our own variations but, if you do see where I can improve.......please, I beg of you, let me know;) Here is my experience:
Step 1) Count out ends with a cross at only one end. Attach the ends to the back beam. If you have not yet done this before, simply remove the apron rod which you attach the warp and put it through the ends. Be careful to include the first and last thread on the apron rod so that they hold. Next attach the apron rod onto the apron. This step is a little easier if you have one apron rod already attached to the apron and tie on the second apron rod onto it. Slide the lease sticks through the cross and tie them together on each side about an inch apart.

Step 2) Tie the raddle onto the back beam and attach the lease sticks to the loom so they remain stationary. In this case they were suspended from the castle to the back beam. To prevent the threads from becoming tangled in the raddle place a folded piece of cardboard or heavy paper over the nails. Place the number of ends per inch in each space between the nails on the raddle. Ex:24 epi = 24 ends in each space between the nails. To prevent the threads from coming out of the raddle, place a rubber band over the nails. Bring the warp chains through to the front of the loom, through the harnesses (not the heddles) and over the front beam

Step 3) Wind the warp onto the back beam for about a yard. Go to the front of the loom and tug evenly on each chain warp then beam another yard. Repeat the process until there is about a yard to two feet left in front of the heddles.
Step 4) Untie the lease sticks and retie them to the castle, if one is available, so that they are on top of each other yet separated by about an inch. Remove the raddle being careful not to snag any of the threads.
Step 5) Raise the harnesses, if necessary, and suspend them using books or blocks. Position yourself comfortably in front of the loom, sitting if possible, and start threading the heddles. At this point the dressing process will be similar to threading front to back as you are simply threading the heddles. Tie them in bunches at each inch.

Step 6) Remove lease sticks and bring them through the harnesses so that they are resting on the front and back beams. You will be able, at this point, to rest the reed on them to draw through the ends. Center the reed and measure the distance to the starting point at draw through the ends. In this case the project is 24 epi with a 12 dent reed so, 2 ends per dent will be drawn through. Each inch is untied, drawn through the reed then retied.
Step 7) Place the reed back in the hand tree and secure. Tie the ends to the front apron rod. Viola!!!
If you have any questions or if any of these instructions are unclear, please contact me. We are planning on video tutorials early next year. Some of these will include continental knitting, warping back to front, and much more:)

Monday, September 3, 2007

Special order

Sometimes I get requests for certain colors, this can be a lot of fun because I can bring yarn samples to choose from. I find that most people prefer traditional colors but, in this case, I had someone pick some very bold colors to go with her very bold colored kitchen. She was sure that she wanted green and black in the warp but also sure that she only wanted some of the other colors in the weft. This made deciding where the colors go easy. Since I counted enough ends for three sets of towels, I made three different color layouts for her to finally choose from.


There is also another great perk to this color selection. Etsy Fiber Arts Street Team theme for the month of September is Apples. These colors are a little apple-like so, I'm going to use one of the sets for the challenge. Now just to decided which one, I guess:)

These towels were warped back to front and although I promised on the last post to document the whole process complete with pictures, I simply forgot. I got too excited and didn't even stop to pick up the camera once. There are a few tweaks to be made to the warping process and I will be documenting with pictures with the next set of towels which will be started within the next couple of days. There are pounds after pounds of alpaca that has to be skirted first:) Until next time!!!