The Importance of Good Tools

For many years I couldn’t afford to replace my serger, bought a cheap one and just stopped using it. So all my handwoven were separated by zigzagging and I felt that was going to have to do until I could afford to replace that machine.

I check Craig’s list occasionally and saw a Babylock serger for sale in a nearby town at a Habitat for Humanity store at a too high price. So checked it a week later and they had dropped the price by $600. I went to see it and bought it. What a difference! Wish I had been able to do this sooner! so now I’m serging everything in site, LOL. Auto tension and threads itself with a puff of air, Hope it isn’t too fancy!

Just finished up the blankets I wove and have been putting off finishing for a couple of months. Now to tackle putting the ribbon binding on them. Gulp hope it goes better this time..serger


Learning Curves Are Forever In Weaving

Oh well I thought I had taken care of all the problems with my design for the napkin exchange, Not.  I wove my color for the exchange for the “full sized sample”. I’m a Life member of the full sized sample club :p.   Actually I have woven quite a few things with 8/2.  They needed a few changes. This is what I changed there was a large float on the back that kept getting caught in the iron.


Arrow points to the float

I also didn’t like my selvedges even with a End feed shuttle that cures a lot of ills.  This is before below  and one cure I tried. Just redrafted the selvedges.










Redo of the selvedge and still not happy with it. Hoped washing and ironing would improve it, no such luck.


So thinking all problems solved I wove the pink napkin and started the teal one today and  on the back side of the slevedge idea I used there was a darn float. It just wasn’t noticeable  in the pink color.   Never thought that there might be a float problem on the back.  Didn’t even thing to check the back for floats Live and Learn.   I’ll have to needle repair the napkins after they are off the loom. Fixed now!  This has been a good project I did borders around the piece and they look nice now.   No more nasty surprises I hope. This is my draft based on one by Irene Woods 16 Harness Patterns, the Fanciest Twills Of All. Book has no page numbers. The teal seemed to be over twisted or something. I had to rewind the ball of thread.  The color has grown on me. I didn’t include my 2 border drafts. I will maybe do another post on them. Using my Louet Megado 16 shaft computerized loom.  It took a bit to get it working the right way kept wanting to raise #2 and #11.

new selvedge and floats on both sides repaired

new selvedge and floats on both sides repaired

arrows show float

arrows show float


Selling, Upcoming Activities and Continuing Back Saga

Would sure like to clean the studio area out. Here are  the items  I have posted for sale : Weird thing about selling this stuff, I have sold more equipment and books etc than any of my hand wovens. Almost all of it was from the purchase of my Norwood.  Should have just stock piled that and gone into that side of things I guess. Ah well, such is life never as you plan it.

Our County Haywood  is going to have a studio tour again! It has been a long time since there was one in this area I think either 2007 or 2008? I have been planning on joining it for some time it isn’t until October.  There is  a reception for all artists is scheduled for October 23 at Frog Level Brewing Company. With a display of our work. Then the studio tour is on Oct 25th and 26th. Just took a second look at the hours required and had to bow out for this year. Maybe next year if my back is better.

I am concerned that the studio are will not be done in time. My back hasn’t cooperated either!  I’m going for Epidural injections which is par for the course, If anyone else has been through this you know they order #1 Physical Therapy #2 Spinal steroid injection or blocks  three times. All else fails #3 Surgery.   The numbness is so much worse than when I had surgery both feet, up the side of both legs, nerve pain and regular pain. Of course the  MRI didn’t show anything it didn’t show on my other spinal stenosis that they operated on 2 years ago.  I hope the injections work, haven’t much faith in them but I’ll give them a try. I told the PA as long as it isn’t the pain dr in town I would do it. He did a nerve ablation with radio waves with no anesthetic. The PA says “Oh No”  funny it was the first name he named wonder if there are any other horror stories. I will never go back to that quack.

This is the part of the weaving area my DH is working on now:  Installing a rack for reeds,  lease sticks etc. The Sump pump stuff is all over where the dye area is supposed to be located.  Bought it a year ago before we even moved in to this house. Granted it has metric pluming that I was unaware of when we ordered it, But a year??


to the far left not even really visible in this picture

to the far left not even really visible in this picture

Weaving, back and Daisy’s Fetish.


Have one woven

Have one woven the wood in the front is the cloth protector on the Louet Megado

Close up view of next color Teal

Close up view of next color Teal

Finally got a chance to weave today when my back wasn’t bothering me. My legs feel shaky in addition to the numbness. Wednesday can’t come soon enough. I just hope we have the appointment. The hospital had a fire and it effected their electricity. They are operating on huge loaned generators, their own wouldn’t keep up with the AC. The appointment would have to be in the hospital.

        Started a new knitting project as my last red shawl was finished, just needs blocking. Bought some Shetland to spin from Julie Wilson and Daisy loves  it. Can hardly get it away from here. So this is a trial run with this pattern for Daisy. OK I’m a certified crazy cat lady. When I was done spinning and put it on the knitty knoddy I put it down on the floor for a bit and Daisy was rubbing and rolling around on it. Only fiber she had ever really reacted to. Star could care less, loves her acrylic bulky afghan.

Daisy curled up in bag of fleece

Only One Naked One Left, Looms that is… and Napkin Exchange

With the Napkin exchange warp on the loom there is only one left to warp. Three out of four not bad.The last one is been in the planning stage for about a month?? or maybe more. Planning a shibori piece for the Blue Ridge show for the 24 shaft AVL. Still spinning wool for the other piece to be entered and I left the wrong loom empty oh well such is life in my studio. This is the view from the back corner.     The loom with the rag shuttles in front is the one that I should have left empty.


Have my napkin design all in order now, I used my napkin as a test one so I could tweak it for the rest of them. There was a float that kept getting hooked on the iron and added a different selvedge treatment.

When we went to Ikea a while ago I got some teasing as to the freebie tape measures, They are really coming in handy right now.



In the good old days they made cotton measuring tapes they were good for measuring on the loom to go around the cloth beam. These Ikea ones work well for me. This is the close up of the design it may look like there is a sleying error but it is just the design, When washed these areas poof up a bit.  Also the pink is more like the one below. When I get my trial run napkin hemmed and it will be easier to see. BTW this is a twill from “16 harness Patterns The Fanciest Twills of All by Irene Wood that I have tweaked.  No page numbers in this little gem it also  has a section on designing your own twills.


Guild Napkin Exchange and back problems again.

This is a twill from “The Fanciest Twills of All” by Irene Wood that I tweaked for a napkin exchange that my guild (WNCFHG) is running. Sorry there are no page numbers in that booklet.  After a week of getting the warp on the loom then yesterday getting my loom mechanic hubby to help me with shaft floats, I can now weave. It reminds me of sunflowers. We all have a natural warp and 7 plus my color weft for napkins to weave. Should be fun!

I haven’t done an exchange in years. I did a weave list lace exchange that I love to look at for inspiration. I thought about weaving lace but the patterns in that pamphlet have such a variety.

I ended up using two different weave files for my Megado 16 shaft one for the borders and one for the main part of the napkin. The picture is what it looks like combined. I wanted a nice border to frame the twill and found a way that works.




My back and hips have been giving me fits this past month or so. I stopped Cymbalta and guess it was hiding some problems. My feet are numb almost all the time now and I have nerve pain every evening and night. I can usually distract pain away by keeping active either in mind, reading, TV(slim pickings) but it was masking the majority of it.  Went to the Doctor and back to the spine neurosurgeon soon, she sent a referral so I should hear from them. She was going to do a bunch of referrals to a neurologist etc but I told her that is what sent me to the back surgeon in the first place. So we will wait and see what test they order. groaning a lot here, I hate all of this. Been in a state of denial for a month or so. Kept blaming it on other things. That’s what happens to you when you work for a medical college. I have seen them as med student all the way up and am not very trusting… I used to be able to get a warp on in a couple of days or less depending on the width, Growing old is a real bitch some times.