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working outside

April 1, 2019

the weather has been wonderful – perfect to weave tapestry outside

or spin a beautiful Muga silk, but not if there is any wind – it is so light it floats away

and today I warped the backstrap loom, don’t think it is getting any easier

linsey/woolsey again with 2 ply hemp warp and a 2 ply handspun wool with a sad story

pushed to the back of a shelf, the moths found it and had a feast

I re-skeined it, put all the really short bits in the compost and now it will do for weft

 this time I made a threading mistake, fortunately it wasn’t too difficult to correct

the center counter in the kitchen is a perfect height

and I can work at the back and front easily

the heddle is threaded and the warp is secured to the back beam

four hours later I’m finally weaving

this warp is wider and longer – the heddle is only 12 inches so I put on 10 inches, 2 1/2 yards

I had to reinforce the deer fencing when an unwanted visitor showed up

they eat ALL the tulips – and hosta, the new Japanese maple, some succulents and new veggie sprouts

and now I have to mow the lawn

first a message to Suzanne (we are have trouble exchanging emails)

I mailed your towels on March 28th



8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2019 4:25 pm

    that was so nice, to gain an inkling into the set up. 4 Hours seems a looong time to prepare your surface (which I guess is the equivalent) Thanks for sharing


    • April 3, 2019 10:01 pm

      Dawn – warping this loom is much different than a rigid frame floor loom. Depending on how thick or thin the yarn is, the width and length of the planned fabric and the complexity of the pattern it can take much longer.


  2. April 2, 2019 5:02 am

    Maybe you’ll like the backstrap loom better, when you can go outside and tie it to a tree and weave. I love taking my band loom out by the lake–or even my little potholder loom!


    • April 2, 2019 8:24 am

      Kerry – I’m eyeing up the trees in the yard, you need a strong one with a unobstructed distance back from it. I do love taking the tapestry loom outside.


  3. April 1, 2019 10:32 pm

    I see your visitor made him/herself at home, like a rather oversized garden ornament.


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