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#73 A -REALLY- Old Sweater! (1700 years old)

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A quote from a DiscoveryNews article: "A boat neck sweater made of warm wool and woven in diamond twill was a dominating fashion trend among reindeer hunters 1,700 years ago, according to researchers who have investigated an extremely well preserved Iron Age tunic found two years ago under melting snow in Norway.

Note… Not a skin. Woven in diamond twill.

Here's the complete story

Thanks to son Jerry for this link!

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN, where the leaves are getting SEROIUS about “fall"


#72 Champaign Urbana Guild in Illinois-#6 in the Series

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A number of guilds hold a holiday sale of items woven by their members.

 This interesting guild, of some seventy members,  provides demonstrations during the sale, which strikes us as a great combination.

Here’s a link to their history…

Here’s a link to their local outreach programs

And here’s a link to the demonstrations that will be going on during this year’s sale.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN, where the white anemones finally croaked - - and will now make new compost for next spring. Got all the drip irrigation hoses drained, too!

#71 Weaving - Without Challenges? Really?

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Many weaving blogs present some very beautiful photos of pieces the author has woven. 
But…many do
not comment on challenges that occurred while planning or weaving the items in those photos.

We often get the impression that the weaver is so accomplished in what they weave that… well, we have a hard time relating to her/him as a real person.

So… it is refreshing to find a weaver who openly says "I had some real trouble getting this piece done to my satisfaction"

Here is such a weaver. Her name is Robbie LaFleur; her blog is called Bound to Weave.

 First, Here's a quote from her:

"Only people who have struggled with after-the-fact inadequacies in their weaving will care about this post and my struggle to fix this piece, “Icelandic Crosses.”

"I thought I had finished the two pieces I wove in the warp-weighted loom class this summer.  They work well as opposites, a smooth black cross and a shaggy companion, and I wanted to display them as a diptych.   I tried to make them the same width, which was a struggle since one was woven vertically and the other on its side.  When I set them on the floor I realized that the smooth cross pieces was not square.  The bottom measured 13.25 inches, and the top was 14.5 inches.  What hadn’t seemed apparent when it was a single piece now made me crazy. It looked unprofessional. Long story short – I spent seven hours fixing it."

And here's the link to her post: Before and After; A Rya Makeover

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#70 Rag Rug Twining

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There are many ways to recycle old clothing into handsome, serviceable rugs.

In our last post, we showed a particularly artistic way to weave old clothes into rugs, using a (pricey) 6 harness floor loom.

But here's a site by Holly Culloden, WV, that shows a very practical way to weave used cloth into sturdy, useable rugs, called "twining." 

It is a simple homemade frame with two 1/8 inch wires thru screw eyes on the frame sides - to control variations in the rug's width.

After you've read Holly's introduction and photos, she's included four videos at the bottom of the page demonstrating the process.

It's one of the best blogs we've found on twining.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN, where Dorothy got all the green tomatoes - before the frost did.

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#69 Rag Rugs can be CLASSY

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If you've been suffering under the assumption that rugs made from recycled cloth (Let's face it, they're RAGS) just "don't-have- no-class"  -  if you've been holding that opinion,  take a look at the Rug portion of  Germaine Osborn's website!

And… Here's the  homepage of the  Woodland Weavery website.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN, where it's a pleasant 59 degrees, and the remaining tomatoes drop in your hand if you even touch 'em. We think fall is comin' !

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#68 Knitter's Looms

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When people think they might be interested in weaving… how to they get started? 

If you don't live near a teaching studio, paying  $1,200 bucks for even a small floor loom just to see if you're interested  is generally out of the question. (Sometimes a  used floor loom can be found thru Google for less.)

So… Almost all loom manufacturers have brought out a "knitter's" loom. (Google "Knitter's Loom") 
These looms are limited in what fabric patterns they can turn out, but many can let you get the hang of weaving for less than $150, paying for themselves after just making three designer-grade scarves.

Further. these looms  are light-weight to carry around, and in use, can generally can be hooked on the edge of a table, while resting on your lap.

Schacht's   Cricket  loom is shown above. The loom comes in 10 inch width and 15 inch width. The 10 inch is shown.

Like all knitter's looms, this one is called a "rigid heddle" loom, where the beater is also the way that the yarn  is fed thru holes and slots (heddles) to allow a weft thread (illustrated with the pink yarn)  to be passed between every-other warp thread in a opening called the shed.

More expensive looms have the heddles separated from the beater, allowing many more patterns to be made. If you are interested in starting out with a modest investment, try a knitter's loom.

And there are great instructional materials available from Interweave, and two classic books you'll like are: The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving, by Rowena Hart and Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Linn Davenport

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN, where the temp dropped overnite and it's 46 degrees, sprinkling and windy. Cozy inside tho!

#67 Tien Chiu, Weaver

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Of the various textile blogs that Dorothy follows, Tien Chiu is always interesting.

Tien is an award-winning weaver, works with fine silk - as well as a master of making chocolate delicacies! Good person all 'round.

We all see the pics of really-cleaned-up studios on various websites. Spiffy. Glossy. Sparkly. A zillion colors of identical-sized cones displayed on open shelves.
OK... but some of us need to have things closer to hand.

And so… excellent weaver Tien Chiu lets us see her workroom in this post.

-From D&R, W Lafayette IN, where the fall raspberries are still coming (but dwindling) and our neighbor's 60ft tree will soon make it possible for us to glean lots of rich leaf compost for spreading next spring!

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#66 1600 Year-Old Socks! -Seriously?

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Our son, Jerry, in western NY state, sends along this interesting Smithsonian article. Be sure to scroll down to the (30) comments, too!

Here's the link

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#65 Interesting Post Series-10.12.2013-Daryl Lancaster

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Daryl Lancaster reflects on getting useful feedback when you are working alone in the artistic fields.

And... her decision of what to do with all the leftovers that have resulted from 30 years of crafting clothes from her handwoven fabrics.

Here's the link

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN, where it's 68 degreees, the sun is shining, the trees are turning color, and 50 thousand people are coming to a Purdue football game!

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#64 Cool Blogs-10.04.2013

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Here's a quote from IowaWeaver:

"Inspiration for a weaving design can come from some pretty unusual places. I make connections with block design and weave structures that surprise even myself. Take this project for instance."

Here's the link

From Lafayette IN - where the temperature is still 75 F at 8pm on Oct 4. 

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

© Dorothy & Ron Baker 2013