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In on
February 11, 2018

Intermediate Weaving: Warp Intensive, part 2 of 2

Meets twice – Sunday Feb 4th and 11th from 10:30 am to 1 pm

You’ll put multiple warps on your loom over the course of the two sessions (and at home in between if you like!) and will gain a much higher comfort level with this process than can be obtained in an introduction. The workshop will include variations on direct warping (with the peg), indirect warping (with a warping board), and additional tools and techniques to help with the process of setting up your loom, including tricks for working with mixed fibers. Pre-requisite: Intro to Traditional Weaving or equivalent experience.

Materials: We will provide a 10″ rigid heddle loom you can take home between sessions (please note that if you break or damage the loom, you are responsible for the replacement cost). You will need warping and weaving materials; we recommend that you bring 2-4 partial or full balls of sock-weight, fingering, or worsted weight yarn.

In on
February 4, 2018

Intermediate Weaving: Warp Intensive, part 1 of 2

Meets twice – Sunday Feb 4th and 11th from 10:30 am to 1 pm

You’ll put multiple warps on your loom over the course of the two sessions (and at home in between if you like!) and will gain a much higher comfort level with this process than can be obtained in an introduction. The workshop will include variations on direct warping (with the peg), indirect warping (with a warping board), and additional tools and techniques to help with the process of setting up your loom, including tricks for working with mixed fibers. Pre-requisite: Intro to Traditional Weaving or equivalent experience.

Materials: We will provide a 10″ rigid heddle loom you can take home between sessions (please note that if you break or damage the loom, you are responsible for the replacement cost). You will need warping and weaving materials; we recommend that you bring 2-4 partial or full balls of sock-weight, fingering, or worsted weight yarn.

In Recycling on
February 11, 2017

Power-winding yarn!

recycled yarn cones

I’m always looking for ways to make my work more efficient – especially the non-creative tasks – so I have more time to do the creative and deep-thinking work. There’s definitely some happiness that comes out of brainless tasks like winding yarn, but when you’re doing them on a large scale, it can get physically and mentally tiring. I probably should have been a mechanical engineer (if I had known what that was when I was applying to music school!) – I love tools and I love to figure out how to rig up the tools I need. Oh, I’m also wicked cheap, a bit of a packrat (hoarder?), and a pathological reuser, so I like to either use stuff I already have in my basement or get someone else’s old stuff from a thrift store to make these tools. The more I can reuse, the less I can buy or bring new stuff into my house, the happier I am.

So the latest tool I decided I needed is a motorized yarn winder. Read more