Monday, December 5, 2016

Bright and I get to know each other

Well I decided on the name Bright for my new-to-me rug loom. The name came from a piece of contemporary jazz by Peter White that was playing while I was cleaning up this loom. The music was enchanting and the loom was glowing in the sunshine and lights.

Here is the bench that came with Bright. The legs were after market and just bare wood, a very white wood at that. Next to the mellow maple and mahogany it was too jarring to my eye. So two tones of teal fixed that for me. The belly bar on the chest beam also got the darker teal since it was also unfinished wood.

After playing with the treadles and establishing a shed on all lifts I was eager to get weaving. Yes I can make the sheds better, but for now I was keen to get going. I am using up piles of old yarn that has been around for awhile. The beige weft is alpaca and I matched it with a more greenish gold wool from a cone. Then the black/dark brown threads are a combo of wool and some cotton too and mystery stuff (four strands in total).  I will have to switch up colours frequently as I practice on this first rug. What a great way to use up those odd little bits of yarn.

Sorry this image is sideways but here is the chart I devised for the rug. I have a bookmark that displays a modern rendition of ancient Egyptian knitting. I took the pattern largely from that and added my own touches. 

This is a lot of fun. Bright and I seem to be off to a good start.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The cavalcade of looms

Since the end of September my loom acquisition hormone is in overdrive. On the last day of September I purchased a used Leclerc Colonial loom. I named the loom Cecile, after the previous owner. It is a counterbalance type. It resides at Home North.

In the three images above you are seeing different views of the same loom. Introducing "Bright", my Harrisville Rug Loom. I also purchased this used ( in November 2016)  and it is a vertical countermarche type. It can weave up to 45 inch width of cloth. This loom is ideally designed to produce rugs, being very heavy duty: heavy beater bar and the warp extender tensioning system. The bags hanging there are the remains of a warp that the seller kindly left on for me. So at least for this first project I will not have to fight with the trickier threading.
And so I currently own three large floor looms and they are one of each type:  jack, counterbalance and vertical countermarche. I am pleased to think that I have set myself up for many years of weaving education and fun. The jack loom and vertical countermarche are at Home South.
Before I forget I actually bought two Harrisville looms in two days. The other is a Belt Loom which I also snapped up used. Once I get that warped there will be a picture of it. That one I can easily hold in the palm of one hand!

Over to knitting. Here are two samples of a group project I am planning for the Guild. Stay tuned for more pictures and revelations on this one soon!

Monday, October 17, 2016

October Already?

 This superwash wool outfit will be a gift for the step grandson of my partner. The cardigan has a very simple fair isle design. I thought about pants to go with and just made them with simple stripes.  Now I need to mail this off quickly before the tyke gets too big.
 This is an overshot cloth that I wove on a Leclerc Colonial loom. I just purchased this loom recently,  after I sold my medium-sized Mighty Wolf. The warp is a bumpy cotton. The weft is rayon and variegated. There is a finer purple weft thread too.
 And here is the new to me loom. It was made between 1975 and 82. It is a Leclerc Colonial loom. The maximum weaving width is 60 inches and this is a counterbalance loom.

 Along with the loom purchase I acquired a lot of yarn. Also about half of those shuttles came with it. In fact I really got a huge amount of gear and books , because it was the person's whole studio.

One more shot of C├ęcile,  the new loom. I named her after the original owner of this loom. I am very very happy with it.