Smoothing the Rough Edges

Baby Dots close-up

I needed a break from the pillow pile-up and had a request for a baby blanket.  I did a quick (and familiar) blooming leaf, but wanted to do something a little more modern and fun.  I decided to re-visit Dotty on 8 shafts in Summer and Winter.  I am having some fun.  The threading is a slightly tweaked S & W threading of 1,3,2,3,1,4,2,4,1,5,2,5 . . . just repeating the sequence 1,8,2,8  enough times to get  nice spaces between the dots.  Then by modifying the tie-up and or treadling you can smooth the circles, flatten or elongate as well as add vertical or horizontal stripes – in other words – have fun and design on the fly. I don’t have pics yet but I have done several rows of small polka dots then horizontal stripes and am now working on a couple of rows of larger polka dots offset from the small dots.  Very entertaining.

DefDW Blanket warp

I also have a blanket warp ready to be threaded on the AVL and a quick and (so far not-so-pretty) series of throw rugs on the loom in the house.  I am using multiple strands of cotton chenille as weft and the color mix is a bit vomit-y at the moment. I am hoping to correct that before posting pictures.

Another project that has been on my mind quite a bit lately, and about which I have ranted to anyone kind enough to lend an ear, is A Weaving Cooperative.  The idea has been sparked and inspired by many things not the least of which are the weaving program that my friend Kim has set up at the University where she works (see pictures in previous blog post) and the weaving program run by my friend Barbara at Yale. These two inspirations in addition to the a conversation that keeps happening between my husband and me that goes like this:

Husband –  “We only have one more child to launch, and he will graduate from high school in only 6 years, and the pets aren’t getting any younger, and this is a lot of house to clean and paint and heat. . . we should really be thinking of downsizing.  Me: “I agree – wouldn’t it be nice be closer to town . . .Noooo  . . .  what about all my looms??? I need space for the looms . . . you do not want to spent our golden years with me in a small space if I don’t have access to my theratto the desire I have to try to create an opportunity for younger (college-age) people to have a chance to weave without having to face the daunting space and $$$ commitment that buying and owning a loom (and bobbin winder and warping board and shuttles and lease sticks and bench and  . . . . well if you’re a weaver you know the.