Thursday, September 25, 2014
The last two Saturdays, Wednesday, and today had huge chunks of time spent threading and making ready three looms at a museum and historical village for this weekend. It is the fall festival and I have been weaving on one loom for approximately 25 years, each September. This year I was also tasked with setting up and being certain that the looms in the loom house were set up for other weavers to work on. One has a small bit of warp that could be a runner. The second one has a red and white warp to weave two scarves; one that is red/white squares (red 10 threads and white two); the second will be woven all with red so it will have thin white lines running the length of the scarf.
Rugs will be woven on "my" main loom. I have been working over the past two months cabling all my handspun that was not good enough to use for sweaters into thicker yarn. I am finding one ball of yarn is weaving a longer section (I was planning for three and am getting 7-8) so I need to revise my color choices for the two planned rugs. That means that I can weave three or four of the five planned rugs with the yarn. Moving it up and out of the house.
The five rugs that came off the loom last year have been trimmed and tagged. It would make my weekend if I sold one or two of them. Through a cousin I now have a shop to place them after this weekend. There is hope they will not come back to my house!
It has been a pain trying to get everything set up but I realize, when I am weaving, how much I like it. For two years, before my divorce, I wove full time. By that I mean I had a company and did all the accounting, the designing, the weaving, the marketing. It was a terrifying time, balancing supply purchases with sales but it was great fun weaving everything. I keep thinking I could get back to that a bit in retirement. It is a plan that needs to be fleshed out in the next 5 years. Long time to retirement!