Monday, March 31, 2014
You will have to forgive us but mom hasn't groomed us in a while. She gets a little lazy in the winter months! Now that it is mud season, she seems to really want to avoid us! The farm hasn't changed much. We have learned that we will be getting more chicks in a couple of months and they are going to kick the old hens out of the hen house and we will get to chase them around our pasture! We still have the steers that we have to listen to when they get hungry, but I hear that we only have to put up with them for another year, I hope they don't get replaced with new ones! (I think that is a moot point though) Have a good week and mom will be back tomorrow with some other news to tell you.
Friday, March 21, 2014
This particular loom has 8 harnesses and 10 treadles. Lets say that I want to do a towel in plain weave. First I would take all my threads and put one yarn through a heddle on harness one then two, then three until I get to harness eight. My towel will be 18 inches wide and will be 12 inches to the inch. which means that I will have 18x12=216 threads that will be threaded through a heddle and that would mean that being as I am doing a plain weave structure I will have an even amount of threads on each harness. 216 divided by 8 equals27 threads on each harness going through heddles. Now I would go down to my treadles and I would hook harnesses 1,3,5,7 to one treadle and then I would hook harnesses 2,4,6,8 to the other treadle because plain weave means that the odd harness will go up and the even would stay down on one pick(when I depress the treadle) and then when I let it go after putting my shuttle through the shed and beating it in I will depress the next treadle that will raise the even harnesses and the odd harnesses will stay down this time and then I will put the shuttle through the shed and beat that into the cloth. As you weave your cloth, you will start to see your design. Designs can be that simple or can be very complicated. You can use any type of yarn you like but some are easier to use for a particular design than others and so on. This is just the basics you have lots to consider; yarns, how close you want your weave structure, what you want to make, what design to use, what colors to use and what colors will go well together, how to set up your loom!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I still have more lessons. So, stay tuned for the next lesson.
We are expecting 8 to 10 inches of snow, starting tomorrow and some places could even get up to 18 inches. Here I thought the big snow amounts was done! At least the good news is that after the storm it is supposed to get back up to above freezing and into the 40's again.
Take care all!
Monday, March 10, 2014
It has been a pretty tough few days. I have an infection, and sooner or later I will have to have another root canal done. (#4) The niece had her baby girl, as most of you know from Facebook. She was admitted back into the hospital with Jaundice. The mother-in-law ended up in the hospital with a severe broken ankle, had to have surgery to put it back together with screws and a plate, it was not easy to do because she has osteoporosis, and her bones are pretty brittle. She is 80 years old and not a spry young lady any more. She has really sensitive skin and they are going to have to make sure she doesn't get an infection on top of everything else. So, I will be back with lesson 4 on the weaving as soon as I can. Hope you have a wonderful week. The hubby and I are the closest to the parents, so it falls on us to do a lot of the running for them. So, I will post again as soon as I can.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hope you are having a wonderful day. I got the call this morning that the niece is in the process of having the baby. Most of you know threecollie, and that is her daughter! We are all excited and can't wait to hear the news that Peggy Ann has arrived! Have a wonderful day.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Hope you are having a good week so far. Take care.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Tomorrow I will have some more pictures of the weaving process. Until then, have a wonderful evening.