January is usually the slowest month of the year, but not so in 2011. We ordered the new loom right after Thanksgiving, so it should be arriving in a couple weeks. Then we ordered some new furniture for the family room (a credenza sort of thing for the tv and matching end table) which should also be arriving in a week or two. There was a quick weekend trip to see dh's parents. Ds is in the throes of purchasing a home. And there have been guild meetings and preparations for another guild's dye day.
Here was my show and tell for the last guild meeting. It's a backed weave based on the cover fabric from Handwoven magazine, March/April 2010. The blue face of the fabric is 5/2 merc. cotton with a cotton space dyed knitting yarn as accent. The green face is 10/2 cotton....green with some co-ordinating stripes. You saw the warp here:
Yesterday was dye day for Michigan Weavers Guild (click of pix). This has become an annual event the past two years, where we gather all of our cotton, rayon, tencel and other cellulosic yarns for a day of dyeing with fiber reactive dyes and Jeanne Seitz shepherds us through the process. Preparation for this event includes days of winding warps and skeins from cones and balls of yarn to get the most out of the day. My bag of warps and wefts are still wrapped in their plastic jelly rolls.The dyes work best at 70 degrees F. With temps in the single digits and negative numbers this weekend, it's been a challenge to keep things at 70 degrees, so they are tucked by the radiator in the warm bathroom. I probably won't get around to rinsing them until tomorrow....or maybe Tuesday.
The Scottish Blackface wool is spun, but I have to take more photo's before doing that post sometime in the coming week. The wool after that will be Tunis. It turned out to be one of my favorite wools from the breed workshop and it sort of fits in with the current events in Tunisia.