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MY BLACK DIAMOND SHAWL

Posted in Family, NaBloPoMo, weaving with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2009 by shortysmg

Trying to keep up with NaBloPoMo has been surprising easy for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m so excited about what I’ve been doing, or if it’s just making a conscious effort makes it easy. Wither way, I’m proud of myself so far.

I cut the Black Diamond Shawl I was weaving for my mother off the Ashford loom today. It came out really nice. And is about ready to come out of the bath, and be blocked and dried.

Despite the fact that it is beautiful, I don’t think this is going to be the present I give my mother this Christmas. It’s just not exactly what I had in mind for her. My mother lives in Arizona, and has said on several occasions that when she goes into restaurants and theaters she tends to be a little chilly, no matter what the temperature is outside. So I thought, a large, light weight shawl would be a great idea for her. My concern about if this is the right shawl for her rests on the fact that I don’t think it’s wide enough. When I warped it, I was hoping to end up over 10 inches wide. Unfortunately, it’s a little less than 9 inches, and it doesn’t have the feel I wanted it to have. Hopefully I can get it dried and get some pictures of it to share in the next day or two.

Here it is straight off the loom. DSC00576 Unfortunately, my bad lighting is not doing the pattern justice. I hope that a few outside shots will be better.

Now to decide what to warp next.

Tomorrow I’m taking the loom over to a good friends house. She wants to see how long, and how intense, the warping process is before she commits to a floor loom for herself. I can only hope she knows it’s going to be a really long day. Even though I’m going to choose a pattern, and maybe even warp the warping board tonight. We’ll have to see how she feels after we’re done tomorrow.

Michigan Fiber Festival Fun

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 17, 2009 by shortysmg

Saturday was the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, MI.. And I was fortunately enough to be able to attend with three of my good friends.
Nicole, Amy and Angela

There was lots to see, and I think we saw it all twice.
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Nicole found the spindle she had been wanted for over a year.
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I got two Card/Tablet Weaving books a DVD and a new beater.
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The Angora bunnies were adorable! Especially “Boob”!DSC00045
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I even got to weave on a floor loom! Which was great fun for me.

I also picked up a new spindle called a “Trindle”, and all I can say about it is I’m in love with Spindle spinning again. DSC00081

I also got a “Lucet”, and have been having fun trying to perfect my tension on it.
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It was a great day, with great friends, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

THE MOVE IS OVER…maybe

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 3, 2009 by shortysmg

I’ve completed the move to WordPress, I think. And for my first official post I’d like to share my latest obsession. Tablet Weaving, also called Card Weaving.

I’ve been fixated on this obsession for a few months now, and have completed several practice bands and two actual dog leashes.

Practice Band

This is my first attempt at card weaving.  From the moment I started I was completely hooked.

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This band is my first attempt at weaving letters. DSC02557 I spent a lot of time practicing them. I even repeated several letters in an attempt to master them. DSC02558 I also loved the paw prints. They were the icing on the cake for me.

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This is another band I wove for practice.  I love the lettering, but it was too big for the number of cards I had warped.

This was the band I was working on when the “Two Pack” weaving technique finally clicked for me.  And I found myself even more obsessed because of it.

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This is my first completed, well almost completed, leash for Harley.  The only thing I have left to do is find and attach the hardware.

The reviews on this leash have been outstanding!  And the comments and suggestions have egged me forward to continue weaving.  Not that anything could stop me at this point.

DSC02676DSC02678 This is my second leash.  It is not as successful, in my opinion, as my first leash.  The lettering I chose for the first half ended up being to elaborate.  Which made reading the words more difficult than I would have liked.

For the second half I used a much simpler lettering, and it looks much better than the first half.  Despite my opinion on it, several of my friends have told me they can read it with no problems.

This has been a learning experience that I have enjoyed more than I can say.  The weaving has helped me relieve some of the anxiety that being recently unemployed has caused.  And it has also led me to several possibilities for my future.  It’s helped me to re-learn several things I already knew, but weren’t practicing.  For example, I need to remember to have a clear, documented, idea of what I want my finished project to be before I begin.  Which in the case of my second leash I didn’t have.  And it shows in the misaligned lettering that ended up with.  Live and Learn, right?  I certainly have.    Also, I’m learning to slow down and enjoy the process, not just the end project.  The process of weaving is as much fun, if not more fun than having an actual finished object.

I hope you all like the new blog.  So far I like it a lot!  We’ll have to wait and see how it all ends up.

For now I’m off to chart up the design for leash number three!  Have a great week everyone!