Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Studio Space & Over Confidence

As you can see my new weaving studio is a lot smaller than those of the past.  Every square inch of this one-time guest bedroom has a purpose, including the closet.   My Gilmore reigns as Queen of this space without an inch to spare.  Most of my yarns (other yarns are hidden all around the house, don't let-on you know about this hidden yarn stash to my husband), reference books, weaving magazines and weaving equipment are stored in this room.  This view is taken from the room's doorway.

Next door to my studio is my husband's ranch office.   Not having anywhere else to place my Glimakra Ideal he graciously allowed me to share his space.  I tried to tuck the loom into as small a space as I could.  Did not want to put undue pressure on the husband's work area.

The warp that is on the loom has been waiting for me to thread and weave her for a long time.  One of these days when things here on the ranch slow down just a bit I will find the time to enjoy this loom.

Some of you may wonder what happened to the other four looms I had before we moved to our ranch.  Well, long story short all but one were sold to other weavers.  The Macomber loom went to live with a lovely young woman in Detroit.  The Mountain Table loom went to live with a long time weaver in the Grand Rapids area.  The Schacht Baby Wolf 8/10 went to live with a weaving teacher who lives in Central Michigan.

Loom number 4, the Glimakra band loom will stay with me - currently she is residing in one of our guest rooms.  I have yet to put a warp on this loom, she might have to wait until winter before I find the time to sort her all out.  I miss the looms I sold, but, with no space to fit them into our new home they had to go to new weavers where they will be used and loved.

This is a tale of over confidence and not reading my own draft notes from a weaving project I did a few years ago.

If you look closely you will note the the carrots on the bottom of the fabric appear to be longer and slightly fatter than the carrots on the top area of the fabric.  Fellow weavers will appreciate that the epi - ends per inch - are different between the top and bottom of this fabric swatch.

Apparently I am unable to follow my own weaving draft notes and felt the pull of over confidence in my ability to recall the correct reed size and epi for this project and yarn choice.  The bottom carrots are woven using a 12 dent reed at 18 epi for a 8/2 cottolin project.  They were not working for me - looked too skinny and sickly.

The upper carrots and veggies were woven using a 12 dent reed at 24 epi for the same 8/2 cottolin project.  These veggies don't work for me either - too little and smooshed together for my taste.

Sigh...  really, Martha - can't you just read what you wrote about your first experience weaving this draft?  Okay, okay, I read my own advice and discovered that I like the draft to be woven using a 10 dent reed with a 20 epi.

Here are the carrots woven using my preferred epi, the carrots look the way I think they should look.  All the time and effort it took me to get this far on the project could have been saved if I just took the time to read my own weaving notes.  Sometimes over confidence is not a good thing.

Choose Joy!

Happy Weaving!

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1 comment:

  1. Well there you are! Lighter on the looms and weaving veggies! Love the Highland Cattle. Oh my, how ever will you send some to market? The new place looks lovely and what a great spot. In the middle of a protected area. Lucky you! Hope we get some pics of the new home and property and how are the dogs loving it?