Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What an Eventful Day!

I've been working through the exercises in Marg Coe's tutorial for Fiberworks and can see that I'd like to try weaving something with more ends per inch, but in order to do that, I have to learn how to warp from the back.  I tried warping three ends per dent from the front and ended up with both sleying and threading errors.  I reread Chandler's chapter and started dressing Maudie Mae from the back.
I have to admit that lease sticks are pretty handy.  I always warp from the front, holding the cross in my hand but next time I'm going to use these.
The front beam doesn't come off on Maudie Mae so even though I took out the reed to reach the heddles, it was still a reach.  The front beam comes off on Arthur so the next time I warp from the back will be on him.  I like using a blind slat to give me a firm edge for hemstitching.
I've got my answer.  Plain weave brings out the qualities of a novelty yarn.
Yesterday was shearing day.  It's almost May and normally by this time their coats are huge, but they're about half the normal size because of the warm winter.
I had to make a trip to town so missed Devon.  He talked to Ian about their fleeces and said it's a combination of the warm winter and that old sheep just do grow shorter fleeces.  We've had them start to roo their fleece a couple of times when we sheared late but Devon said that he hasn't been seeing that lately.

"In some primitive sheep (for example in many Shetlands), there is a natural break in the growth of the wool in spring. By late spring this causes the fleece to begin to peel away from the body, and it may then be plucked by hand without cutting – this is known as rooing. Individual sheep may reach this stage at slightly different times."  Wikipedia

Devon came early because he was about to leave on a road trip.  It turns out that Devon Strong is more than a rancher, farrier and shearer.  He's an acknowledged leader in the field of Biodynamics and has just returned from being flown to conference in Switzerland, and he's attending one in South Dakota next.  Who knew?!!
By the time I got home, he and the fleeces were gone.  Ollie is starting to get brown again.  Weird.
I'm currently spinning from an older fleece and I'm sure he's darker than this now.
I checked out his fleece and while it does seem darker, but it's also shorter, and with the sunburned tips, it might be a lost cause.  I'll skirt it next week and wash up a sample.  I'm curious.

I had an email waiting for me when I got home from Handwoven magazine.

Dear  Sharon,
Congratulations! Your project Turned Taquete Towels was chosen as one of the winners of the 2015 Handwoven for the Home challenge. We’ll do the photo shoot shortly and then commence with production. Sometime soon, one of our technical editors will be assigned to your project and may be in touch if she runs into any questions.
Between your submission essay and the materials you sent, Handwoven editor Anita Osterhaug should have enough information for your article, but if there’s anything you want to add, just let her know. I will also be in touch about your contributor information and our contracts person Sonja will email you contract information. Once we have everything together and in layout, Anita will send it to you for final review. That should be in mid/late-June, so please let us know if you will be away in June and we’ll work around your schedule.

Congratulations again, and thank you so much for being a part of this year’s Handwoven challenge!

All the best,

Christina Garton                      Anita Osterhaug
Associate Editor                      
Editor, Handwoven

What an eventful and auspicious day - holy cow!


Melodye said...

Congratulations!! Your hard work paid off. I cant wait to get a copy of the magazine!

Cindie said...


Anonymous said...

I've never dressed the loom from back to front either and I really need to try--you've given me some inspiration. Congratulations on your towels being recognized as so fine!

Nina said...

How exciting to be in Handwoven! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the win, I look forward to seeing the article in an upcoming HW.

I always warp back to front and find it fast and very easy. You said that your front beam does not come off, does it by chance have screws in the side of the beam to attach it to the loom? If so, take the screws out and remove the beam to make things easier for yourself.

karensspinzen said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations! I look forward to seeing you in print!

I always hear people say that they prefer to warp the way they learned. But I learned front to back and had to learn to warp back to front when I got my Glimakra Standard. I have to say I prefer it. Once I did it enough times that it became a smoother process, I realized that it was faster and more accurate for me. Good luck with it!