Warpus interuptus

Have been working on this warp for the AVL for  a long time. First health problems then we had the propane line put in for the fire place that was in the lower floor of the house when we moved in.  First propane company told us the fireplace was no good we would have to replace it and get the propane run into the house. Found another company and there was nothing wrong with the fireplace at all.

I’m planning a double weave project with different weights and different types of fibers… then dye the whole warp. We  shall see…

Halloween I finally found out what is causing the neuropathy in my legs and feet. Neuropathy can affect either the large or the small fibers of the nerves. It causes numbness, tingling and pain in primarily my feet but goes up to the hips on both sides.   The small fiber is usually diabetics,  I have the large fiber kind. Neurologist says with my history( bad luck?) it is Immune based.

So he says the cause is an immune response to wheat and I have to go on a gluten free diet. I Love Bread! I went window shopping to find out what I needed to change and found a magazine on the diet more modern information than I had. I went on this  diet for fibromyalgia a month back in 2000? 2002? There is so much more out there now. The neurologist says it could take 3 -4 months to see any difference. I had almost diarrhea for the whole second day and have lost 5 lb. so yeah that may be the problem. I miss bagels, and whole wheat bread and, and, and, Sorry major adjustment for someone my age.

Below is the studio, warp to the far left 1/8th of the way done?  New french door put in awhile back. Looking good! Glad we could salvage the fireplace. We found the metal glider at a antique store it usually lives on the deck.

Nice cozy fire if the power goes out.

Nice cozy fire if the power goes out.

 

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Napkin photos

Too many pictures to add to the last post. Here are the completed napkins, my color turquoise it is in the background of most photos. When we do the exchange I will take a picture of  the seven Turquoise ones I get back!  My design is a a 16 shaft design I modified from a pattern in “16 shaft twills, Fanciest Twills of All”  by Irene Woods.  No pages in the book but about the middle?  LOL  There were too many large floats, by that I mean a warp or weft thread over three threads.  With this weight 8/2  of thread I don’t like to go over a three thread float.  Also even using an end feed shuttle my selvedges were horrible! So I redesigned it and these are the end result. Fun to see them in all the various colors picked by the members of Group C.  There are three groups of 8 people! Not used to such a large group. My MI guild was so tiny.   I put a draft in with each napkin along with the left over weft. Now to warping my AVL, poor neglected nakid loom…

I wove these on my 16 shaft Megado by Louet. With out one single hitch, felt like celebrating! Once I troubleshooted the dobby it was smooth sailing and that has not been my usual experience with this loom.

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Hemming and Misc

Found this serger at a local thrift store, my dream serger by Baby lock . It came with the scrap catcher and  is self threading. No fiddling with the tension! My old cheapie is relegated to cutting rags for rugs. Below also is the walking foot that I use on my machine( also Baby lock) when sewing hand wovens or thick cloth. It basically adds a set of upper feed dogs for your machine. So yeah, I should sell something like this cheaply because???   Newest cat purrrch and Star is smiling about it. LOL

Best thrift shop buy ever!

Best thrift shop buy ever!

Self threading and no more tension problems

Self threading and no more tension problems

great for handwovens

great for handwovens

 

Side view

Side view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is where the feline supurrrvisors sit:

Feline Purrrch

Feline Purrrch

Pricing and Perceived value

I’ve been mulling something over in my mind the last few days.I belong to a group of spinners and knitters we have been knitting, felting and weaving items for a Scholarship. These are all made with a members stash who passed away a year ago. I think it is a great idea, But… You knew there would be a but there right! We are doing a sale at the VA and they had a discussion about pricing an item. The example was a beautiful vest knitted in alpaca yarn. The two more professional craft people were 3-4 times higher than the group consensuses. The price of the yarn was equal to what they wanted for this vest. This poses a different problem do I want my items sold on a table connected with people that under price their art? I can’t do it.

Years ago my weaving guild up north had a sale at a high end local craft fair, one of the best ones in that part of the state. We had a member who wove rugs, placemats and priced them way too low. I take it that the other members tried to talk to her about it and got no where. She was happy to get enough money to buy more materials as it was a “hobby.”

It all comes down to perceived value. Home made items are of no less value than manufactured items. In fact they should be priced much more just due to the uniqueness or One of a kind value. It also seems to be a generational thing too as the older generation doesn’t seem to value items at current prices or that something made by hand is a better value. If you price items too low the response is ” Is something wrong with it? Why is it so cheap?” If the price is compared with others made in the location and now online and put in that range at least you know you are in the ball park for that price. It takes more work but a better method than guessing or doing the old 2 times the cost of the material.

Don’t get me wrong I am not the best at prices. My prices were consistently lower than my instructors at classes I have taken. I’ve tried increasing, decreasing prices and have decided Online is not for me. I need an alternative and am disappointed I can’t participate in the VA craft sale. Maybe I will do it on my own sometime.

Blog catsup, err Catchup

Who Me?

Who Me?

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Been dealing with health problems and have neglected my blog. Been doing some spinning,  knitting and very little weaving. I now have neuropathy on top of all the other problems. The Dr calls it long fiber autoimmune neuropathy but no cause has been discovered. I am wondering if my neck could cause it but all the numbness, pain, tingling is in my legs and feet. Can’t sleep as it is worse at night, can’t even stand a sheet on my feet and sometimes my hips. And I thought the insomnia was bad before. Nope it can get worse. I think I have averaged 4 hours a month on weaving?? Managed to finish the ones for the group napkin exchange just have my napkin to weave.

Good news on one front, My daughter proposed and got an acceptance to be engaged to her boyfriend. LOL  He kept say whenever asked When are you two getting married? He’d say When she asks me. So when he moved from the front to the back of their house she put up pumpkins that said will you marry me?  LOL he was so shocked that pumpkins suddenly appeared that he didn’t speak at first. So next summer we will have a wedding. They have a video of a Mexican Wedding with the father of the bride carrying a live turkey and all the other men have beer. I get the turkey symbolism but can’t figure out the beer part. Now a dress for the wedding. Wish I could weave one or at least the skirt of one for it. Ah well if my health gets better. Big AVL is empty??

Have blocked and steamed one shawl, the second one I knitted for me. The first turned out to small for me and I really like the color and neck or center back area in lace is one of my favorites.Hunted all over for a steamer finally in the same chain I found the one on sale that I wanted in the first place a few weeks ago. I have read that if you block acrylic with steam it will last so we will see.  I have also been scoffed at, “oh that wont work ” by a yarn snob. I can use the steamer for my weaving as well.  The color is really a bright true red, lighting issues.

Unblocked smaller shawl

Unblocked smaller shawl

Steam and blocking shawls

Steam and blocking shawls

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.

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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.

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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