Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in Canada and it was a glorious day; family and friends and a wonderful meal made it one to remember. It was so much fun having four people under thirty at my table, what a lot of laughter! My turkey was picture perfect and the day was sunny and cool – absolutely grand. My son, his girlfriend and her roommate came up for a visit and to help us put in new windows! I love the boundless energy of youth! Ain't it amazing what you can get done for a few glasses of Crannóg Ale and a sweet potato pie! Our Federal Government is giving a home renovation rebate for materials used in home improvements before February, so it seemed like a perfect time to buy windows and move our home reno’s one step further along. The timing couldn't have been more frantic for me, but the end result is wonderful. Now all that will remain to be done in the Spring is changing the siding to Hardiplank and a lot of painting.I’ve taken my latest Turned Taqueté scarf off the loom and have done the finishing, but no beading; I’m still hooked on a bit of bling so it will happen! This scarf does not have as much drape as my previous Turned Taqueté scarf, changing the weft is the culprit! I’ve been working very hard on getting my Studio Workshop in order for Friday and have learned a great deal in the process. My plan is to “test drive” this workshop in a controlled environment. I want to know that the looms are working perfectly and that they are threaded correctly. I have modified all of the patterns from the original scarves that Ngaire or I have woven recently. I have simplified the treadling as you can see on the Turned Taqueté, still retaining the original flavour of the weave, but cutting the treadling sequence in half.
I have preloaded all the pirns and bobbins, both to save time for everyone and to ensure that they are wound well. You know what a snarl a badly wound pirn can cause in an end feed shuttle, horrors! That process took much more time than I would have imagined, and thanks need to be given to Ngaire for her help! I have also provided a quick treadling reference guide mounted on foam board on or beside each loom so that a pin can be used to keep track.
One of the other things I have done is to label the toggles on each table loom. I have noticed that not everyone starts number one on the same side, so I've labeled my choices with post it flags.
Each loom has a sample already woven to facilitate explaining the methods used to create the sample and to demonstrate how we will separate each persons' sample with a cardboard strip to make the ‘round robin’ work efficiently. I still have to lable the floor looms treadles. I have 3 floor looms and 3 table looms, so it's a nice mix I think.
The bead leno had to be set up differently. I have left one bout unbeaded and will demo that first off. These binders have also taken a huge amount of time. Somehow I managed to fill 27 pages with what I think is critical information…….hmmmm too much information? I’m now working on the second phase of the workshop – another six to create and refine. That’ll keep me weaving….and will keep my second year of blogging interesting I hope. Yup, it’s my 1st Blogaversery on October 15!