I guess I just haven’t been in a blogging mood lately, but am shocked to see it has been over a month since my last post! Here is an attempt to catch up a little.
Our guild had a 2-day workshop with Robyn Spady, something we had booked back in the spring. I was the chief organizer and it seemed like a lot of work at the time, but it went well. Robyn stayed here with me and Rick, and she is very personable and easy to talk to. The workshop was her “Extreme Warp Makeover” class, in which you choose one of three threadings (overshot, rosepath twill, or huck lace) and then learn how you can “make over” that threading by changing treadling sequences and wefts. It includes a very comprehensive bound notebook that covers all three threadings.
We set up our looms ahead of time at the guild room. It seems that the usual thing to do is put on a relatively narrow and natural color warp, but many of us chose to use color or put in stripes of color to see what happened. Also some of us put on a wide and long enough warp to weave some towels after the class sampler was done. Robyn seemed surprised and excited to see the color choices!
Each day included two lecture sessions, and a lot of weaving:
In the evening of the second day, we had a potluck here at our house so everyone in the guild (not just those in the workshop) would have a chance to meet Robyn and have some good conversations.
On the home front, we are getting ready for winter – especially since Rick is having a total knee replacement on Nov 4th and he won’t be able to do much of anything around here for a while after that. There was all the wood, cut into rounds, from the pine trees we had taken down – fortunately a friend wants that, so he has been coming over to pick it up and haul it away. We raked up copious quantities of pine needles and hauled them to the burn pile area. Had a bit of a burn pile going last weekend (VERY CAREFULLY). The 2 cords of fir firewood we had delivered in August, is now all split and stored in the wood shed.
And we have new front steps! Still need a temporary handrail to get us through the winter. These replace the 2 timbers that were just sort of stacked there on concrete blocks, when we bought the place 4 years ago. They have a shorter rise (3 steps instead of 2) and a nice long deep tread.
And I have still been weaving away on rugs at home – finished the first warp with the below:
Then I put on a new warp in early September, and the first 5 rugs were at a 40″ width, as I had a special order for one that wide.
I had 12 yards on the sectional beam at the 40″ width, so when the extra 4″ on each side ran out, I was back to 32″ wide for the rest I have woven to date:
Still have a lot of rug warp left, so I will keep picking away at these. But I am planning to put a scarf warp on my other loom at home and do something else for a change!