Sunday, April 20, 2014

Artisat joins the herd

 The latest addition to the weaving studio is the Leclerc Artisat floor loom. It has a weaving width of 36 inches and will take the place of the Schacht Mighty Wolf. The latter is packed and will be heading up to camp to live in the studio there. Both of these looms are the same size and have the same number of shafts. The Mighty Wolf has convenient wheels that pop down when the loom is folded up, making it easy to move around.
The Artisat, shown above, is made of lovely maple and is quite a sturdy loom. I couldn't wait to get a project going, just to test her out. This loom also folds up nicely to reveal more space in the guest bedroom.
 This advancing twill pattern is a four shaft design. Although the Artisat has eight shafts, right now I only have heddles for four. This is a mercerized cotton warp and rayon slub weft.
The pattern is a little subtle because of the variegated or dappled nature of the yarn, but I think this is an interesting effect. I am not sure what I will make of this cloth, I just wanted to put the loom through its paces.I think I would like a couple of small tote bags or purses or storage bags, for spindles maybe.

 I am very happy with it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

R.I.P. Tika

Tika lived to be 15 years, seven months and a week. What a good life he had full of adventure and healthy living. 
Rest in Peace Tika

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Lawn and Garden Show

It's too bad the show got so busy and I couldn't pull out my camera later on. I was surrounded by a lush jungle of gorgeous plants: all ready to planted out at some lucky person's ranch. You should've been there, since it felt so fresh and healthy!

Anyways, this shot shows my modest little table, covered in knit and woven items, as I set up for a sale. I have not done this before and know that there is a limit to the amount of $ one can earn in the country before tax laws kick in. The vase in the centre, (handmade out of birchbark and sweetgrass), is holding several simple spindles that I made to sell inexpensively.

Here is a close up of one of the 5$ spindles. They are all a bit different. Due to the very lightweight woods used, the prototype needed more weight in order to spin for some time. So I dove into my Bin of All Things Thrift Store, and found ribbon with beads already sewn on. These beads not only sparkle and spin prettily, but make a lovely, soft clicking noise when the motion is starting up or stopping. I spun on one of these homemade jobbies and also on my wheel, attracting a lot of attention. A reported from the local paper took my picture, so I will have to see whether "I made it in". I had a good sale, and no danger of going over the legal limit for earnings.

 I am just adding this shot because it's nice to look at. I recently pulled together my cotton stash for weaving and thought it looked pretty. It is not as bright as the wildflowers blooming along the road sides, but still makes me think of spring.

Zig Zag and Josie are two young mares who hung out across the street from me and are now two houses over on my road. They are looking for a new home. They are so sweet although Josie (on the right)  is a bit of a treat monster. Anyone want to buy two young mares?