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.

Krokbragd mug rugs and misc.

Krokbragd  mug rugs started, there is eight inches between them tried with out weft but ended up with rag weft for 8″. Love my Bluster Bay  Ski shuttle in the dark wood, I think they made it in Bubinga, also known as African rosewood. Ordered it direct from them years ago it just gets better with age. Krokbragd 1  spacing                 Finally made it to Ikea and Hobby Lobby in Charlotte NC.  Embarrassed both grown children by picking up a zillion of the paper measuring tapes I use for weaving.  All I have left from my old ones are small pieces of them. I would rather use cloth measuring tapes but they don’t make them anymore,  just the plasticy ones. right next to it is a rack that holds my rag shuttles and C clamps. Other good news both spinning wheels sold. I am going to start saving for an aura Majacraft wheel. ikea