Once I get a new warp on the loom, I can zoom right along. It’s just getting that new warp on… the process takes a steady hand and a dedicated attention span – threading all of the heddles, sleying the reed, beaming. Once I am in that zone, I quite enjoy the process of it. Especially with a good audiobook* playing.
Silk Stripes Scarf
Warp: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed in Linen (2 skeins)
Weft: Noro Silk Garden in 249 (1 skein) & 269 (1 skein)
Each skein of the Silk Garden yielded three bobbins (to put in the boat shuttle) each, so with six bobbins, I alternated the striping patterns between the earthy colors of the 249 colorway and the cream variegations of the 269. Each bobbin gave me between 7 and nine inches of woven fabric. The deep colors of the 249 colorway appear to be three different skeins of yarn – but that is the true beauty of Noro! Every time I work with Noro, I fall a *little* more in love with it. (Sad side story: Remember my Shinano cowl? Totally loved that thing. Well, I seem to have lost it somewhere en route to Nova Scotia. I think it must have been at Dulles Airport somewhere… I am thinking around the security check when I was hurrying to put my shoes back on… ack. I loved that thing. And now I want more Shinano to compensate!)
I am brimming with weaving inspiration right now – so many great ideas and designs out there! Many thanks to Barbara at The Lumpy Sweater for sending a weaving book she found at a sale. It is about Finnish weaving techniques. I look forward to trying some… once I get a little better!
I had a nice holiday with the family. We planned to go down to see the fireworks in DC, but the thunder and lightning kept us at home. We played a few card games and Scattergories whilst munching on my leftover Friendship bread! It was a fun night. My sister Sarah and I made plans to get together the next day to check out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The weather forecast didn’t look particularly pleasant, but it ended up being quite nice once we got to the National Mall.
The themes this year were Bhutan, Texas, and NASA. Very disparate themes, but a good mix for a day of learning. The SFF seems to always include a rich textiles display, and that offers some amazing photo opportunities. So full of color!
We saw several demonstrations, heard a few discussions (a particularly interesting one on the environmental sensibilities of the Bhutanese people and their Gross National Happiness) and in the Texas “Opry” pavillion, I got to dance. The band was playing some polka music, and this older gentleman came up and held his hand out to me. I hesitated and pointed at my sister, but he pointed right at me. So, I polka-ed with this man (who didn’t speak any English… I believe he was actually Polish) in front of a large audience. Even though we lived in Texas for a short while when I was young, I guess I didn’t realize that polka was so “big” there. The band was pretty good, and my dance partner was getting quite into it. He kept on saying things to help lead me in the dance (but I did not understand!) and I just stepped around in a square figure. He even twirled me around a few times! what a charmer! (…but Kris should have no cause for concern…)