Monday, April 29, 2013

2013 Sturgeon Spawn in Central Wisconsin


During mid-April to early May, Lake Sturgeon travel upstream to their spawning grounds, giving the public a prime opportunity to see these ancient fish up close.  Jim and I took advantage of this yearly event and spent much of today in Shiocton WI watching them along with 100's of others.  We saw at least 200 of them today all along the rocky shoreline. 
Sturgeon spawning is dependent on water temperature and flow. During seasons when water flow is high and water temperatures rise slowly, spawning begins when water temperature reaches 53 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, during seasons of low water flow and more rapid water temperature rise, spawning does not begin until water temperatures reach 58-59 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Wisconsin DNR was there also - tagging 61 of these Sturgeon today.  While we were there they were netting ones that measured between 59 to 67 inches.  One of the Wardens told us that the biggest sturgeon that he has tagged was 8 feet long!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Lattice Scarves

Lattice Scarves
Lattice Scarves - Pattern from Weaver’s magazine, issue 44 Summer 1999
16 shaft draft 
2 scarves
Left Scarf: Steel Warp - Black Weft 
Right Scarf: Steel Warp - Grey Blue Weft
Number of Warp Ends: 192 = 2 FS (doubled) 
Warp Length: 6.5 yards 
EPI: 20 
PPI: 18 
Width in reed: 9.6” 
Weaving Width: 9.25”
Warp: Steel 
Weft Scarf 1: Black 
Weft Scarf 2: Grey Blue
Black on Grey:
  • On loom Measurements: 87” x 9”
  • Before Washing: 82.25” x 9” - Fringe to Knot: 5.5”
  • Damp: 80” x 9” 
  • Dried and pressed: 78.5” x 8.75”
Blue on Grey:
  • On loom Measurements: 85” x 9”
  • Before Washing: 81” x 9” - Fringe to Knot: 5.5”
  • Damp: 77” x 8.75 
  • Dried and pressed: 76” x 8.75”
Wet Finishing: 
Soak in warm sudsy (mild wool soap) with light hand agitatin for 30 minutes 
hand rinse and spin in washer 
lay flat to dry

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2 Block Turned Twill Towels

Drafts from: A Weaver's Book of 8 Shaft Patterns, #164, 165, 166
I had a mystery 3 yard all white cottolin warp (572 ends only thru the lease sticks holding the cross - wound at 20 EPI)) that came on a new to me loom. I rough sleyed the ends thru the reed at 20 EPI, pulled it forward and rewound back on. Then looked for a draft that would work with what I had available, that would get me a few towels instead of cutting it off and throwing it away. It was a quick 1 shuttle weave.

Warp: 22/2 Cottolin (already on a loom I purchased) 
Weft: 22/2 Cottolin (using up partial tubes in my stash) 
Warp Length: 3 yards
8 Shaft Weave
Width in Reed: 23.5” 
Weaving Width: 22.75” 
Woven length on loom: 34” 
EPI: 24 
Number of Warp Ends: 558 + 2 FS
Hemmed, before washing measurements: 32” x 22.25” 
Washed and final measurements: 27” x 20”
loss of 20% in length 
loss of 11% in width