Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Loom:)

Well, she is finally here, my Leclerc Diana. We drove out to MA to get her and the weather was beautiful. I honestly wished I had planned more time there was so much to do and see. We had to stop at WEBS since it was so close (yeah.....I could just STAY there) and then had a fantastic lunch and then visited the Norman Rockwell museum. Amazing!!! The paintings are indescribable in real life. There was one in particular that had me in tears.....very touching and phenomenal work!

Here she is in the back of the car with a practice warp on. (Thanks, Tom!!!!!!!!!!!)


And here is the front of Webs:) I really should get better at documenting.


Finally, here is what is on the loom. These are pillow fronts in 8/2 cotton (I've got to get rid of some of this 8/2 cotton!!!) in a satin weave. Due to the picks per inch this fabric is taking much longer to weave than usual:) I have 7 yards on the loom in a natural color and have been having a lot of fun playing with the weft colors. Sometimes weaving is about color and not entirely structure. I just love the diversity in weaving!
This first one was inspired by a color pattern I recently saw......very eclectic selection of color to say the least.
This second pattern is very bright and fun. I'm thinking of a backing out of some silver material that I've had around for a while with a pocket in the back. This should be fun!!!
Well, the above satin pillow fronts are on my 8 shaft loom and I have barely been able to 'play' with Diana. I'm trying the best I can to be disciplined and not stop one project mid way to start another. Once these pillows are done, I am planning on weaving off the test warp (I did weave a lot of it;) and starting some fantastic scarves. I had not seen much previously online about dobby looms and I'm really thinking that a full description is under way:)

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Chill in the Air

It's cold out and the smell of Autumn is in the air. The days are still warm but, nights are pretty chilly. Do you know what that means?!?!?!? The Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival is almost here!!!! Hooray!!! It's a piece of spinner's heaven right here on Earth!!! I have only missed one year since I started serious fiber work and that was because I was VERY pregnant:) In the anticipation I have been spinning like a mad woman.......seriously!!! Before I whip out pictures of some new fun yarn I thought I would share two of the finished tencel scarves.
They are both on the dark side but, right up my alley:) The third is gold and charcoal and I hope to get around to taking more pictures of that one tomorrow.

This fantastic colorway is for the October Challenge for EtsyFAST, which is candy. Candy corn.......made with real corn syrup, so it has to be good for you!
Election yarn just for s and g's.

Finally, next Monday I will be picking up my new darling:) Tom Beaudet built this loom for me and I have been almost literally ripping my hair out with anticipation to pick it up.....next Monday.....show time!!!
It's funny because there are several other weaver's blogs that I read and the talk is in the air of new looms all over! Three to be exact! What a treat not only to work with new equipment but to watch others work with their new 'toys' as well:) How much fun is that?!?!