I'm having a great afternoon. The studio is all clean and orderly because a lovely lady named Suanough came to look at rigid heddle looms earlier today and I couldn't very well let her see the normal state of the studio. I have John Denver on the cd player and I'm rock'n to great oldies that I grew up with and learned about life and love with. The coffee is fresh, the day is sunny and mild, the breeze is cool and all I'm weaving. All is right with the world.
Here's what's on the looms. The Gilmore loom has kitchen towels. It's a 15 yard warp, slightly longer than my usual 12 yards, of cottolin. I'm doing my favorite pinwheel pattern and alternating a cottolin weft with hand painted linen.
The Cranbrook loom has a heavy linen warp for rugs. I'm just starting to play with rugs. I'm using jute cored wool and alpaca yarn for the weft. I've only gotten to the sample so far but I hope to have rugs truly under construction soon.
I'm working on two Cricket looms right now. The first one is a scarf with wool/alpaca warp and my hand spun art yarn for the weft. It's narrow and quick to weave and has a lovely soft hand. I'm not sure yet if it will be for sale when I'm finished. I may just want to keep it for myself.
The second Cricket is warped with hand painted line linen in a white/beige color. The weft is tow linen which is much more hairy. These will be linen face cloths when they're finished.
The 7' triangle loom has just the beginning of a new and totally wonderful shawl made out of Malabrigo Merino wool yarn from Uruguay. It is so soft and will be warm and cuddly.
I have a new loom that isn't warped yet. I bought it from my friend Betty Vanderberg. It's a small workshop loom with handles and wheels. You would think taking it a workshop would be easy but it's actually quite heavy. I don't intend to take it out much so the weight is not an issue. It has a weaving width of a bit more than 20" and 8 harnesses. It's interesting that I fell in love with this little Macomber loom when I've decided to sell my larger Macomber. You just never know.