To try and keep from purchasing yet another blue yarn and to try and utilize my stash I started carrying around my old Day Timer with bits of my stash sewn onto pages. A pretty good idea I thought. It was organized by fibre but not by size or colour; I had noted if I had a full tube or not, but nothing else. Good but no cigar!
I’m not the kind of gal who can just dump a bunch of yarn in the middle of the floor and fish out the perfect varied yarns and colours and come up with an amazing scarf. I’ve known ladies like that and am totally impressed. I, however, fall into the more systematic, pattern oriented type of weaver, so I need to know what I have on hand to keep myself centered.
My project was to get my Fibre Binder organized to take to the ANWG conference in May. I want to make informed, intelligent yarn purchases and maximize my dollars spent – I know, it’s a dream, a wonderful, wonderful dream!
I took 8x11 card stock and cut it into 3 varying widths.
They stack on top of each other.
Then the holes were punched, I managed to get 21 holes per page. I made one set of cards for each of my fibres.
Here is my 2/8 unmercerized cotton in the cards with notations of the manufacturer and the amount in ounces, I’m so impressed!
I have also made a list of my magazines because I’m always looking for old Handwoven and Weaver magazines and have more than once purchased duplicates……I’ve gotta stop that!
On a roll now, so I’ve got a list of my books just in case too!
Here’s my finished binder, and yes I had to make dividers too – I’m an organizing fool!
Yesterday, we went to the Ponderosa Weavers Guild meeting in Kelowna and brought this sad old gal home.
She has been kicking around our guild room as a loaner for some time and with space being a bit tight, she needed a new home. She’s getting it…she is off to John Low at Woolhouse Tools in Armstrong BC (maker of the wonderful Gertrude Loom, both Susan of Thrums fame and Madelyn Van Der Hooght editor of Handwoven are proud owners) where she will be given a face lift. Then she’s off to Ethiopia! Amazing that this Ashford Wheel made in New Zealand, living in British Columbia, Canada will find a new owner in Africa. Can you imagine what a difference it will make to someones' life to own this wheel! I feel very lucky to have been a link in the chain.
The word cotton comes from the Arabic word qutun or kutun, a term used to describe any fine textile.