Thursday, February 13, 2014
I brought it home along with a few pirns for winding on yarn for the shuttle. This is a big shuttle, about the same size as the cast aluminum ones for the rags. It measures about 16" long and is 3-4" high.
The wire fits in two holes inside the shuttle and loops around the pirn in the groove. Pushing on the flat end of the pirn bows the wire enough to give some tension to the pirn and holds it in place when seated in the shuttle.
I had my dad make the new pirns about 2" longer than the original ones. I wasn't sure if there was a reason for the original ones to be shorter, so I thought I could start out with them a little longer and cut them off if they didn't work.
There was a reason for them being shorter! The longer one worked fine until there was just about 1" to1 1/2" of yarn left on the pirn and then it started to get caught on the tip. It caused some broken warp threads from being tugged off the shuttle race.
Well, isn't that what experimenting is all about? I know how to fix broken warp threads and will show some photos of the process in another blog post.
Here is the shuttle all loaded with yarn and threaded and ready to go. The thread is exiting under a spring steel tension clip. I am thinking bout replacing it with something else that may let me change the tension a bit and have a little more control of the yarn pulling at the selvedges. (Or not pulling!)
Stay tuned for winding a tartan warp to put on the WD sectional beam and repairing broken warp threads.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
My regular temple that came with my Weaver's Delight rug loom is too wide for what I needed. I needed something to spread the warp to the width in the reed, so I devised a floating temple, unlike the paperclip temples I use on my other looms.
With the flyshuttle, I was unable to run a cord from the front beam to the back beam to drape the weight cords over, like on the other looms.
I used a yardstick, two clamps, two paperclips and some linen rug warp. I had my husband cut the yardstick a little shorter and narrower and drill a hole in each end.
I attached the rug warp to the end of each clip and another couple pieces to each end of the stick. I attached the paperclips to the cords with enough tension to bow the stick when the clamps were attached to the fabric. Alligator clips could also work, but I just used what I had in the studio.
If I need more tension to the temple, I can reattach the clips so the stick bows a bit more.
The fabric on the loom is the start of a towel I am weaving with the Michigan Tartan colors.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
When I found out I had cancer, another friend sent me a prayer blanket (the lavendar one with the cross). Both the blanket and shawl went with me to the hospital when I had my surgery. I must have said something to Dr. Michelin about the shawl, because when he came to check on me after my surgery, I had it on and he asked if it was my "prayer sweater". I thought that was kind of funny, but he remembered it and what it was about.
While undergoing my chemo treatments, my church presented me with a prayer lap quilt, signed by the church members (the quilt is on the back of the chair). I don't know how I could be so blessed so many times. The quilt goes with me every time I go for chemo because I get cold sitting so long in a cool room. It is just the right size for covering my legs. I was given two other gifts of love, the heart quilt and the lovely red and grey wool shawl by two other good friends. They are all loved and I will cherish them. As you can see, our kitty, Schwarz, thinks they are pretty special too.
Since all those blessings have come my way, I wanted others to experience God's love and prayers. The shawls I have been working on are woven on one of my looms. It is a restful, relaxing time when I get to talk to God and hopefully impact someone else that needs to feel God's arms around her or him.
This is the first shawl I made. I love how the stripes turned out with the variegated yarn.
I had a friend try using the boucle yarn for the warp and she couldn't get a shed open to weave. The cotton warp is best, since it isn't sticky. I beat gently while weaving and it made a nice warm but lightweight shawl.
This skein is for my third shawl.
The tape is on top of a wonderful sheepskin my son Edwin and his wife Rebecca gave me for Christmas this year. How nice it is to sit upon, with it draped over the rocking top weaving bench Bob made me a while ago. Since getting both gifts, I have had no problems with pressure to the backs of my legs while weaving.
I would like to encourage anyone with needlework skills to take on a shawl, blanket, or quilt project. Knitting, crochet, weaving or quilting can be a meditative occupation. Think of the blessings that can come from your hands.
May God bless you in your endeavors.