Monday, June 15, 2009


Seeing as I haven't updated this blog in almost two months, I'm not sure if anyone is still reading it.  Either way I figured it's time to update it, and explain my absence.

I'll start by saying that as of June 1st I am officially unemployed.  I won't go into any of the boring and depressing details.  I'll just say that at the age of 40, I'm preparing to start my life all over again from scratch.  Thank god for all my wonderful friends who have helped me deal with this, and also my fabulous family who have always been in my corner (no matter how much of an ASSHAT I may be or have been!)

Thanks to you all!!!

Now onto the much more fun things that have been going on the last few months.

I finally broke down and started weaving.  Weaving is something I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember.  But never thought I could afford it.  So to my surprise, while on a fiber shopping trip to The Spinning Loft with my good friend Amy.  I talked myself, with Amy's help, into purchasing a Schacht Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom.  And boy am I glad I did.

My first few attempts were less than passable.  So I won't even bother to share them here.  But after a little bit more research, and several conversations with the fabulous weavers on "Ravelry", here is my first successfully woven scarf.

   This was an excellent learning experience for me.  One of the most important things I learned is;  never try to weave with SWS wool yarn, at least not until you are a more proficient weaver.  The yarn was way too sticky, and that made it very difficult to get and maintain a cleared shed.

My next two woven projects were inspired by the wonderful works of several weavers in the Rigid Heddle group on Ravelry.  
    I did two of these scarfs, one in black and gray (pictured here), and one in blue and white.  I don't have any pictures of the blue and white one at the moment.  I'm also proud to say that this scarf led to a friends obsession with rigid heddle weaving.  And within a week or so she had her own loom and has become an excellent weaver.  I love being an inspiration to my friends.

While doing research on rigid heddle weaving I came across this YouTube video: Dream Ribbon
Thanks "WormSpit" for the inspiration.  Go and check out his work.  (He is a fabulous weaver who produces gorgeous silk bands from raising the silk worms, to processing and dyeing the silk, to weaving the bands.)  

After his and the few other videos I found, let's just say a new obsession began!  I said; "I'm going to learn card/tablet weaving!"  And I did.

I started out with basics:  C-Clamps and an unused shelf as a board.

But quickly moved onto wanting to make my own copper loom.  Which I did.

From that I was able to move onto my true reason for the obsession.  I wanted to make Harley a personalized dog collar and leash.  So I started practicing, and this was the result of my first practice band.
  You may notice that a couple of the letters are duplicated.  Don't be fooled by that.  I do know my alphabet, sometimes.  lol   I just wanted to keep making the letters until I was satisfied with them.  And I'm still not totally satisfied with how wide the "W" and "Y" come out.  But I'll keep trying.

And here is a cute picture of Harley checking the band out while I was trying to take pictures.  (Don't you just love that little knuckle head.  I surely do!)

I quickly realized that the copper loom would not allow me to make bands long enough for a dog leash, so on a trip out to Herritage Spinning and Weaving in Lake Orion, (thanks Joan and Becca and all the other lovely ladies who made me feel so welcome), I purchased an Inkle Loom and started practicing.  And I'm loving how it's working.

Who knows, maybe making bands will be a way to supplement my income in the near future. Stranger things have happened.

Now that I have updated you on what I've been up to, I'm off to get some things done.  Or at least try to.

I'll try to update more regularly to let anyone who's interested know what I'm up to.

Bye for now!


Andi said...

Yep, I can stalk your blog through Ravelry! Those woven bands are so cool, I love how you can make letters!!! Enjoy the new obsession.

iggystar said...

*Raises hand*

I read your blog! It's encouraging to see that one can still keep their head up through adversity as shown by your new obsession. I'm impressed with your work.

Peace fellow Detroiter!