Okay, I know I promised to post here more often, but, well.....life. Weaving, purging the house, practicing guitar, going to the opera, laundry. You know. As for the title, my friend Etherknitter got me to do the November thing last year, but then she stopped, and I stopped. This morning she posted, and she's busier than I am, so here I am. I don't do Ten on Tuesdays, though.
Actually, I was in a weaving slump for a while. After the massive Christmas gift project, I did a scarf from an old Väv magazine that sounded (and looked....loved the photo in the magazine) just lovely: plain weave (that's easy, right?), alternating linen and fine wool threads sounded like just the ticket for summer dinners in chilly restaurants. What could go wrong? Let's start with that linen. NOT easy to work with and several broken warp threads had me keeping a spray bottle of water by my side at all times. It would probably not be as much of an issue in the summer, but this was dead winter, heat on, dry, etc. Then there was the whole plain weave thing. It was a fairly open weave and, as I found out, not easy to keep even. I wasn't happy when it came off the loom....it was a pretty quick weave....but I knew how much a good wet finishing changes woven fabric. Not so much in this case. Stiff as a board. (Can't find the photo at the moment....will insert later.) Anyway, I took it with me last week to my first of three Vavstuga classes and showed it to Becky. She says wash it again. Or continue to use it as a runner on the dining room table :)
Yes, a week at Vavstuga, weaving my brains out. The class was called Repp Variations, and it was all rep (or repp) all the time. We learned many different ways to do rep (basically a rib design, with a fatter weft held in place by a thinner weft, creating ribs) and we did 'em all! It was a fun class, partly because it was such a great group of people, and partly because of the beautiful things we wove. I decided over a year ago that I'm not going to kill myself at these classes, but will try to be satisfied with samples rather than finished products. I came home with a lot of samples....but that's fine.
Rugs, bathmats, hot pads, runners.....even some dragonflies! I think the maroon and gold runner in the foreground might be mine, but I realized when I got home that the other color choice (blue, silver, peach) would have been perfect for the family room. Oh, well, it's about the process, not the product!
I am back at the loom (the studio stays delightfully cool without A/C, even on hot days), or rather the warping mill, getting ready for a baby blanket project that has to be finished for a late June shower. It will be my first project on the big (43") Glimakra Standard loom. I've only had the thing here for three years....about time!