In the Weaving Studio
We have had requests to add a section in the newsletter about our weaving projects. We seem to be selling more and more to weavers these last months which is exciting. By year end, we hope to have samples, made from our yarns, in the shop.
After a lot of brainstorming and accompanied by lots of laughter, we have decided this section should be called "Shuttling Along". We hope you will enjoy it and be inspired!
Janet is working on our 4-harness Gilmore loom and writes: What to do with that odd skein or two of yarn? Unknown yardage, interesting twist, and a hand spun from Mongolia. With a warp using Fidalgo Artisan Yarn’s Silk Naturelle and a simple two shuttle weft, a scarf is born. When I am learning something new it’s easy to think “what if I ….” and then see what happens.
On the 8-harness Gilmore loom, Lori is working with our Fidalgo Fingering to make a Frida Poncho (or so she had planned and still hopes). She set the yarn at 12 ends per inch but it was much to loose to see the Plaited Twill pattern she dreamed of. She has sleyed the reed at 20 epi and after speaking with Jean L, thinks a 16epi will be just right. Time to pull it out and try it one last time. Stay tuned!
Lastly, Fran is working on our new Mighty Wolf 4-harness loom: During Fran's Fair Isle knitting phase, she accumulated a sizeable stash of Shetland wool from Jamieson and Smith, in Lerwick, Shetland and actually got to visit their offices many years ago. For her third project, Fran has just about finished the warp for a scarf made with 2-ply jumper-weight Shetland wool in shades of brown. The weft colors will form a plaid in shades of brown with other accent colors. Fran can’t wait to see how this wonderful traditional fiber, so prized in Fair Isle knitting, works up as woven fabric.
We so appreciate everyone's interest in our projects. We love to take visitor's back to the studio when no one else is in the shop. If you are interested, be sure and ask next for a Tour next time you visit.