Monday, July 30, 2012

Pinwheel Towels

Draft #74 from A Weaver's Book of 8 Shaft Patterns - page 24

PW 2 color weft
2 shuttle / 2 color weft
PW with 1 color weft
1 shuttle / 1 color weft
Here are my pinwheel towels (2 color weft) and pinwheel variation towels (1 color weft) that were just cut off the loom. There is still enough warp on the Megado to weave 5 more towels.    Currently I doing different pinwheel drafts with the remaining warp.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Towels from VAV Magazine (issue 3-09)

Vav Towels
Computer view
With Dark Weft
Towels on the Delta - natural weft
With Light Weft
VAV Towels
Finished Towels

My friend Mary wove 2 of these also - total of 5 were woven on this warp.

This is a 8 shaft weave.
EPI: 24
# of warp ends: 547+ 2 (doubled end warps)
Warp length: 6 yards
Width in reed: 22.8"
Weaving Width: 21.5"
Weaving length: 35" including 1.5" hems each end
Off loom measurements: 32.5" x 20.75
Washed measurements:** 29" x 18.5"
Finished (Hemmed) measurements: 27" x 19"
Made 5 towels

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

REP Weave Runners

rep wif
Computer view
rep runner
Warp wound on
rep runner ready to weave
Ready to weave
REP Weave Runner
Weaving in progress
Off the loom and hemmed
Close up of REP Runner
Close up of the pattern
Warp length:  6 yards
# of Warp Ends:  570
EPI:  32 
Width in Reed:  17.375"
Weaving Width: 18.15"

Warp used:  8/4 poly cotton rug warp from Great Northern Weaving

Weft used: 8/4 poly cotton rug warp from Great Northern Weaving

Thin weft: Single Strand

Thick weft: 8 strands (wouund on the warping reell and then wound directly onto a rug shuttle.
Showing how the thick weft was wound

Colors used:
DK Grey, Purple, Khaki and Taupe

Loom used:  Glimakra Standard

4 Shaft Weave

Runner 1 
Off Loom Measurements: 42.5" x 17.75"
Finished, Hemmed measurements:  36.25" x 17.75"

Runner 2 

Off Loom Measurements:  57" x 17.75"
Finished, Hemmed measurements:  50" x 17.75"

Runner 3 (my friend Mary wove this one)
Off Loom Measurements: 47" x 17.75"
Finished, Hemmed measurements:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Our son's Wedding Day

We just got back from a drive up into the mountains (Estes Park) with our son Erik while all the girls were having "spa day" before the wedding. I myself, am not really the spa type - so spending the morning and afternoon with Erik was nice. Erik has been in Kuwait and Afghanistan for the last couple of years working as a paramedic (not military but for private contractors), so we don't get the chance to see him in person often, although FaceTime on our Mac's has made visiting every couple of weeks possible.
Estes PArk CO
We told him we'd go out for lunch where ever he wanted - and you guessed it - McDonalds was his choice. He's been in the states for about 2 weeks now and he said he's loving eating nachos and cereal. (Milk tastes like metal in Afghanistan according to him so cereal and milk are a I guess there isn't a McDonalds there either as he was pretty thrilled with a value meal.

This photo was primarily taken for the benefit of my friend Mary, as she laughs at the fact that when we travel - mcdonalds seems to be a staple for us. I just thought the photo of the beautiful mountains in the background of the golden arches was a bit ironic.  Ok - the wedding is about 2 hours from now - so we'd better get to looking the part! 
And later that day - they were married!

Fort Collins CO

Untitled Your daily fiber Your daily fiber
Your Daily Fiber

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My Sister Knits My Sister Knits My Sister Knits
My Sister Knits

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The Loopy Ewe

Tuesday was a fun field trip day to Fort Collins. All of the shops we stopped at each had a uniqueness of their own. All were knitting shops primarily with the exception of Lambspun who carried some weaving related supplies. A single sock pattern (only purchase of the day) was purchased at My Sister Knits, although I question if I will ever knit them as knitting has really fallen to the wayside the last couple of years. If I were a knitter, my charge card would have been smoking for sure! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Day in Boulder CO.

mcguckin hardware
First stop - mcguckin hardware, something for everyone, not just a hardware store! I could have bought a couple of really cool things but it must have been to early in the morning for Jim to start dropping money or he feared what would happened the rest of the day to the charge card - so we left empty handed.
2nd Stop:  Tour at Schacht Spindle CO.   I met Jane Patrick and Barry Schacht. Everyone there was welcoming and friendly! Untitled Untitled ready to ship
looms ready to ship
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Last stop of the tour - The ShowroomUntitled Untitled
3rd Stop: Boulder Arts and Crafts GalleryUntitled
We split a turkey panenni at Mickey C'sview from shuttle Spindles and Skeins
view from Shuttle Spindles and Skeins 


AND then..... Shuttle Spindles and Skeins - watch out charge card! This was a HUGE shop (2 large showrooms, and 2 classrooms). One of the nicest shops that I've been to in quite awhile. The staff were so nice - very helpful - just a wonderful stop! I can't say enough nice things about this visit. Shuttle Spindles and Skeins Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled
The weaving area was spacious - room to walk around - not jam packed. Untitled
Weaving classroom. They had just finished a shawl blocking class the day before. Untitled Untitled Untitled
Last Stop for the day -  It was great meeting Deborah in person and visiting with her for a couple of hours. We brainstormed about a tension issue she was having - came up with the solution, unwound and then rewound a 7 yard warp on her Orco. She has a wonderful weaving area filled with looms, yarn and sunlight.  DSCN1776
And at the end of the day - the car had just a few things more to bring home! (notice one of Deborah's Front Range Towels - what a wonderful memory of the day spent with her.)