As a fall project I’ve decided to build a warp-weighted loom. I have plans drafted and wood purchased. Wish me luck!
I’d been thinking about making some painted ‘enamel’ goblets for the barony for some time. I bought all the supplies, but haven’t been able to find the time until now.
And here’s the start of mine.
Practicum was yesterday and I quite enjoyed myself. I took some great classes, and learned several new things.
I think I learned a lot by teaching my class, too. I did a class on basic weave structures, covering a little historical detail and then letting people try to make them using cardboard looms. I had a full house! It seemed to go over well, and people appeared to have fun and were very keen. I had several questions that gave me some insight into how I should flesh out my handout, and several questions about more advanced weaves.
I would eventually like to do a full series of courses covering weaving in the SCA period. I have a five-class plan in mind that should take a whole day. It will take me a while to develop in full (and I really, really need the drawloom for the advanced class if I want to make samples), but I’ve got the beginner class going. and maybe next year I can add the second beginner class and the two intermediates.
As always, I am inspired by the energy of so many people sharing their knowledge.
Since I had to take apart the wheel to pack it, I’ve decided to wax it up to restore the finish before putting it together again.
The finish added a new sheen and hid the superficial scratches.
So now that I’ve decided what my basket should look like, I needed to find an appropriate pattern that was ‘close enough’ to that. Being a beginner, I definitely need to work from a pattern.
And here’s what I’ve found:
It’s not an exact fit, but it has the basic shape and wrapped handle. If I leave out the decorative stripe and the fancier weaving patterns on the side, I think it will be pretty darn close.
My second ball of yarn. I am improving, I think.
You all might have noticed that I haven’t been doing as much blogging (or crafting) lately. I would like to introduce you to the culprit.
I bought a Turkish drop spindle and some roving a while ago, and stuck it on a shelf. Now I have decided to try it.