Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Calling All Weavers!!!

Hey, all!!! I always hear about swaps and how they 'were'. For some reason, I always miss them and I have yet to figure out why! Well, a couple of days ago on one of the Yahoo groups, they announced a bookmark exchange for 2009! Hooray!!! I, naturally, wanted to play too so, I signed up right away. The prospect is open to any weaver weaving on any loom......20 bookmarks.....all of the specifics are on the group page, which you can get to by clicking here. I'm not sure if there are any other folks out there who always seem to miss exchanges. This will also give me a chance to really 'sample' a small project out on Isaac!!! Woo hoo!!! The wheels are already spinning!!! (pun intended...kinda)

My son seems to be taking shorter and shorter naps now that he is three. Those four hours sure were sweet but, now it's more like an hour or so of sleeping then about another hour of 'down time' for him to get back into the groove. Trust me.....I know how 'lucky' I am to have such a great sleeper so, I'm not complaining at all:) I just have recently had to move what I used to do during those four hours into two.......or rather more like one;) So, for his 'I'm waking up so please just give me a few minutes' time, I've been knitting. :) I really love to knit but, not nearly as much as spinning and weaving. I recently purchased some hand spun yarn from jschubertdesigns on Etsy. Yes, call me crazy but, it was 'to die for' yarn!!! Perfect colors and when I got it, oh it smelled fantastic!!!! Fresh lavender that she grows right in her garden! She is also a fabulous weaver with an eye for color that I can only wish for.......although she doesn't blog, her items are on Etsy and she also has tons of pictures on Flickr.....which I'm constantly scouting out:)
I'm off to plan my bookmarks;)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Commision Project

Hooray!!! I love when someone makes a special request! There was a tencel scarf that sold a while back on Etsy that I wove called Gothic Cross from a pattern from the Weaver's Book of 8 Shaft Patterns. Between each fringe I had put a little strand of beads, you can see it here. I should have this current scarf, in charcoal and silver, finished Tuesday or Wednesday.....all depending on the fringe and beading. :)

Here is a picture of the start.
As for the Louet Megado!!!! Well, it's all together EXCEPT for one piece which was missing from that shredded box. Oh boy! I had to order a replacement part from Louet and they said that it will take about 6 to 8 weeks for me to get it so, they are lending me the piece from their floor model! How absolutely amazing is that!? The piece that is missing is the front right beater post so, I wouldn't be able to weave without it..........it would be really hard to weave without a reed:)
The next couple of shots are of Isaac (the Megado) in the studio. Since I took these pictures at night, the flash really makes everything very yellow......oh, and I have no curtains on my windows in the studio because I have yet to weave them.........something I'm planning on this summer.
Side view:
From the bench:
With Diana (Ishmael) in the background.

Monday, February 16, 2009

25 Random Facts About Me Meme Tag

Sharon tagged me with a meme tag for listing 25 random things about me. Check out her fabulous blog at http://www.sagecreekfarm.blogspot.com/ . The rules are that I make the list and then tag up to 25 other bloggers to do the same......I'm not sure I'll find 25....but, I'll sure tag a few.

Okay.....here we go.

1) I am a born again Christian!

2) I used to be one of those scary goth chicks.......:) Black lipstick and earrings everywhere;)

3) I learned to weave from a little tiny European woman who made me start all over if I made a mistake......best teacher in the world!!!

4) I have been knitting/crochet and cross stitch since I was six years old:)

5) I have a wonderful three year old who can talk anyone's head off.

6) My husband spent almost a year over seas in the current war on terror in Iraq and has since served his term in the military.........can you believe that he is thinking about re-enlisting?

7) I still have a LOT of earrings:)

8) My Dad is my best friend!!!!!

9) I hate pink:)

10) My favorite food in the whole world is meatloaf........I will even order it at a diner....ew!!!

11) Bologna, olives, salt, and tomatoes are of my least favorite foods BUT........I like oliveloaf and will eat a slice of tomato with salt on it......I can't even figure that one out.

12) I left the insurance business to stay home with my little boy but, found that I have a nasty case of ants in the pants so, that's how Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio got started:)

13) I'm not fond of blues.

14) Weaving is passion!!!!! I like spinning second but, weaving really really really is my passion.

15) I am the coordinating secretary for the Wurtsboro Arts Alliance.

16) I am one of two girls..........the other one is a successful 'controller' at a company that makes parts for the military.......she's a number cruncher.

17) I majored in electronics and couldn't tell you a thing about it. :) I had a 100 average (102 if you count in the extra credit assignments) .........if you don't use it, you loose it;)

18) I have lived in upstate New York my whole life and have no plans on leaving....I love it here.

19) I'm certainly a cat person and have never really liked dogs BUT, we got a South African Boerboel for Christmas (my husband did) and she has really grown on me.....she is 5 months old and weighs 65 lbs!!!! Right now she is snoring like my Grandpa used to:)

20) My son was named after the prophet Jeremiah........want to know what God said to him? This is so cool!!!!! "I know the plans I have for you. Plans for welfare and not for evil. To give you a future and a hope" I just love that!!!

21) I make my bed every morning but, hardly ever remember to take the clothes out of the washer and have to wash them again......what's up with that?

22) The furthest out of state that I have ever been south is Florida, east is New Jersey shore, North is Canada (Niagra Falls area) and west is Moorehead Minnesota.....two weeks there in a hotel because of broken lug nuts on a tire! oh boy!!!

23) I love the summer the best and love it when the humidity is extreme. The only reason I haven't moved to the Amazon is because they 1) don't really have a lot of books there 2) Winter gives me an excuse to not leave the house.

24) I clean houses.

25) My dream is to one day have a brick and mortar shop where I can teach folks (both adults and kids) various forms of fiber arts.

Ok.....I'll tag some other bloggers:)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Faith is the Substance of Things Hoped for, the Evidence of Things Not Seen

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy!!!! GUESS WHAT?!?!???!??!!??!?!? Part of the Megado came today!!!! A day early but, who is complaining, right? Woo hoo!!! The UPS guy backed down the driveway and I ran out the door........(I think he might think I'm nuts:) to greet him with a plate of warm home made cookies, fresh bread, and a glass of milk. Ok....ok.....maybe not all of that but, I sure was thinking it:) I basically screamed and called him Santa Clause. Three out of the six boxes came today. The harnesses, the electronic interface, and the other box with the reed, lease sticks, and what appears to be part of the beater. The only problem was......the box looked like it went through the wringer. Wow. Check this out.
That is what it looked like......seriously.....it was delivered just like that. Please excuse my bare piggies and the salt and mud trodden floor of my porch:) I wasn't really nervous about it because it was shipped fully insured so if anything is wrong, I can let them know. I think I was so excited, I didn't have time to worry.

I got the boxes into the studio. Here is the before picture with a picture of the 60" stripped of all of the pieces I could to move her temporarily into the dining room.

The Megado is going to sit right on the rug but, facing Diana....which you can see on the bottom left of the picture above. AND.....here is a shot of the Megado out of the box and all of the harnesses put back into place.

Please excuse the little piggies in this picture too but, they aren't mine.....they are Jeremiah's:)

Now for the Diana update!!! Lol. She wove like a champ but, we are going to replace parts on her.....again.....just to make sure that she continues to run like a champ. Either way, I'm really happy with the way that the star scarves are coming along so......here are the pictures of the next colors.
I'm undecided for the last scarf....I really like the way the lime looks and I was thinking a pink but, of course, don't have a pink that would look just right and I'm not feeling ambitious enough to dye some......I might just stick with the black.
Well, I'm off to weaving;)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Diana's Knife/Hammer Action

Ok....aparently I'm unable to get this video file attached to an email so, I'm posting here on my blog:) For all of you who don't know, this video is of the weaving action on a Leclerc Diana.

Well, here is the 'revised' action on Diana. The video shows the new eye cords in place of the old cords. I will be weaving more of the Star Scarves this evening :) The purple one is completed, blue is next! I think I'm thrilled that I can upload video.....I didn't realize I could........ut oh....I feel a tutorial section coming on;)

video

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Star Scarves

I started the star scarves and have been pretty happy with the way they are turning out because they resemble exactly what I designed when I designed them:) Always a plus! I ended up changing from a solid grey warp to an alternating grey and white warp. There will be a total of 4 scarves roughly 73" long with 10" fringe at either end. My original colors were purple, blue, black, and white but, since I am using the white in the warp, I may go with a nice lime green for fun! I thought that would be a little unique:)

Here are two shots of the scarf with the bottom picture being the closest to the true colors.
So.......what to do with Diana.......well, I'm giving her a fair chance but, about an hour into weaving again last night she started acting up. I'm trying to be fair and work on getting her fixed. Since the other cord broke (and I'm a very light steady weaver......I'm not weaving rugs) this is her second strike. I was hoping to keep her in the studio but, quite frankly, I get sick to my stomach when she acts up......and I just want to weave. I'm taking some video of the hammer/knife action today to send in to see if they can figure out what is wrong with her. I'm beyond thankful that I have another piece of equipment that I can work with ...... I'm doing cartwheels in anticipation!!!