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feeling a little spinney

October 7, 2013

I’m a pack-rat, it’s all good stuff, I might need it someday

BUT

despite all good intentions, the accumulation keeps growing

drawers, shelves and cupboards are overflowing

with the change of season I’m as busy as the birds

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sorting, storing, re-organizing

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and I just keep spinning

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silk singles on the Turkish spindle

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plied on the wheel – then on to cotton

a new class of students is just getting started

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winding warps

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and threading the heddles

meanwhile, it isn’t raining

so back to the garden clean-up

it’s good to keep busy – right?

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2013 1:07 pm

    Busy is good, even when it feels overwhelming! I envy your students–I’d love to learn to weave!

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    • October 7, 2013 3:13 pm

      Kerry – weaving is one of those skills that benefits from a good teacher to get you started. it also needs more equipment than many other things.

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      • October 8, 2013 1:27 pm

        We bought a big floor loom and a lot of other stuff at a garage sale for $150–it seemed like such a great idea at the time! Haven’t found the good teacher yet . . .

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      • October 8, 2013 2:32 pm

        Kerry – you can email me pictures and I can tell you if you have all the parts and if you have everything necessary to start. If you are interested I can send you the handouts I give my students and slowly email you through the process. 🙂

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      • October 10, 2013 9:30 am

        Wow! That’s just about the kindest offer I can imagine! And I can’t even really take you up on it because we have yet to find a place to set the loom up in the house! I will email you some photos of the loom itself, for any insights you have. We have some other things–I think one is a yarn winder–and a lot of threads and yarns but they’re stored away. Email to follow, with pictures! Thank you so much!

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      • October 10, 2013 9:34 am

        Me again–I couldn’t find an email address on your blog site. If you’d prefer not to post it here, you can email me at kerrycan2@gmail.com and I’ll reply to your message. Thanks!

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      • October 10, 2013 10:53 am

        Kerry – email is mjbetts@telus.net It was on the blog at one time and has somehow disappeared. You can keep the offer in mind and if/when you find a place for the loom then maybe…?

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      • October 11, 2013 6:04 am

        Just emailed you! Thanks so much!

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  2. October 7, 2013 5:38 pm

    I know That packrat feeling too, Jean. I have just found all my mother’s doilies and embroideries and even some of my husband’s grandmother’s (she was an embroiderer extraordinaire). A lot of them are stained because they were used so I think I will cut some up and make a crazy quilt from them so the best parts are preserved. There is even a beautifully edged Victorian bath towel from the days before terry towelling! What to do with it all! I can’t throw it out and don’t want to.At the same time it can’t really be used. More suggestions?

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    • October 7, 2013 8:07 pm

      Myra – your idea of a quilt sounds perfect, it will make a wonderful memory piece. cushions are also a possibility and even a long table or dresser runner. I can’t throw those things away either but know daughter-in-laws will!

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  3. October 8, 2013 2:02 am

    your loom has a spanish look 🙂

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  4. October 8, 2013 4:43 am

    all that stuff–indeed it is treasure. but spinning and spinning is good work indeed.

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    • October 8, 2013 9:15 am

      Velma – sometimes I am so spinney when I go to bed I have to un-spin before I can sleep!
      Neki – pictures are of 3 different teaching table looms, all made in Canada.

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