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28.10.16

Twill continued...

The wool twill is off the loom as of yesterday afternoon.  There were a couple of warp thread issues toward the end and I couldn't squeeze in those last couple of inches, but pulling it off the loom was a wonder!  This was a very rewarding experience and to have my first fabric turn out as I envisioned is nothing short of amazing!  It's been a journey of discovery to learn a new skill and take my love of making garments to another level of creativity.  Working with like-minded artisans is a gift.  We inspire, encourage, and support each other in the process of creating.  Slowing down and not rushing the process, and thinking about the materials we use and where they are sourced is part how we approach our work.

Fabric comes off the loom quickly!

Linda gave me some assistance.  I was so happy to see the straight edges and the amount of fabric coming off the loom!

I made this!

The next step is to zigzag the ends with the sewing machine, wash, and then brush the fabric.  I'm searching through my patterns to get some inspiration for a sewing project.  


2.10.16

Twill

At last I am weaving on the floor loom!  The weft yarn took some time to arrive, which gave me plenty of time to work through learning how to prepare the warp and thread the loom.  There was a problem with a couple of warp threads breaking on the far left side caused by the old tape on the reed rubbing against the yarn.  After fixing the second strand, Kathryn helped me unbolt the bar holding the reed and we were able to lift the reed high enough to remove the old tape.  I now have 50-inches of fabric woven and no problems!  The fabric is lovely and I cannot wait to wash and brush the fabric!  When this project is finished I will work on cleaning the dried tape residue left on reed's wood and re-tape.  I ordered a couple of ski shuttles and a boat shuttle.


Recently we did the Urban Adventure in the cities with the crew.  It's a photo scavenger hunt in Minneapolis and St. Paul, using public transportation to get around.  We stopped in downtown Minneapolis and I couldn't resist tossing my hat like Mary.  Jim barely had time to take the photo and we were surprised that I nailed it!  
     
Perfect hat toss, ending up at Mary's fingertips!