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Lao weaving technique guild program

dlmcclintock@...
 

I wanted to let people know that are in the Lewisberg (Bucknell) area of
Pennsylvania that I am presenting my Lao program for the Susquehanna Valley
Spinners & Weavers Guild. On Saturday evening 11/11 I will show my
retrofitted rigid heddle with the patterning device and on Sunday afternoon
on November 11th I will go thru my trip slides, show the looms and will have
lots of beautiful textiles to see the results of these looms.

I went back to Laos this past Sept 6 - 23 and photographed a Heritage Fashion
show and will also show those slides. Bring your color pencils, graph paper,
camera and dye sample swatches so you can make notes on the way the Lao
colors are used. Hope you can come, it is a technique that is worth seeing.


For those of you who belong to Complex Weavers, this is a visual explanation
of the article which was in the Sept 2001 Complex Weaver's Journal.

For directions please contact Judy Anderson at jyander@ptd.net or Anna
Raschi at araschi@ptdprolog.net.

Please contact me if you want information about this program, I would be
happy to show it to your guild.

Please note I now have a new email address, please update your address book.
dlmcclintock@cs.com


Re: Is this a scam?

Laura Fry <laurafry@...>
 

I did check the web site, but was wondering if anyone had
actually had any experience with this sort of thing.

After some thought, and looking at their figures, decided
that I didn't want to go in that direction anyway. If it
worked, it would mean production at a level I am not
currently prepared to tackle, not to mention the border
and all that implies with customs/currency exchange etc.,
and the currently sinking Canadian dollar. If this trend
continues, US attendees at Convergence are going to have
the bargain of the century......

Cheers,

Laura Fry
http://laurafry.com


Re: Singles yarn for warp

Holly <holly@...>
 

Toni writes:

<<The best definition of a master spinner that I can think of is one who
makes the yarn he or she *chooses*. This requires flawless preparation,
attention to fiber length, twist and consistency. And concentration. I
would never spin warp in front of the news!>>

I think this adds to the misconception that spinning singles warp is too
hard for most spinners. I spin singles warp yarns at guild meetings, in
front of the TV, at demos, with no problems. And less than perfect
preparations can be used--just finished a project using 'clouds' of
50/50 wool/mohair that had been picked, then carded, then pulled apart
and thrown together in clumps of various colors. I spun it from the
clumps, into a rather textured yarn, long draw. It held up fine as
warp.

I think there is one very significant difference between millspun and
handspun yarns. Machines aren't very flexible :) They REQUIRE
near-perfect preparation of fiber in order to produce yarns.
Handspinners are quite capable of adjusting to differences in the fiber
preparation, in some cases without conscious thought.

I've watched yarns being spun in a small, custom mill, and helped do the
preparation of the fiber prior to it entering the spinner. VERY nit
picky preparation, very time consuming. Whereas I could have sat down
with the first stage of the prep and spun a singles warp yarn with no
further processing.

Holly
http://www.hjsstudio.com


Shadow weave book

LYONS,DIANE C (HP-Corvallis,ex1) <diane_lyons@...>
 

Hi! Yesterday I was at Robin and Russ (McMinnville Oregon) and after the
usual thoroughly enjoyable time spent amidst all that wonderful yarn (and
spinning fibers and wheels and used looms and...), I noticed an announcement
that the book "1000 Plus Patterns in 4, 6, and 8 Harness Shadow Weaves" by
Marian Powell is BACK IN PRINT! Robin and Russ is the original publisher of
this book, and has reprinted it! This is a fabulous book for anyone
interested in shadow weave. You can order your copy ($19 I think) from
Robin and Russ at 1 800-932-8391. Their website is
http://www.robinandruss.com/ but I don't believe they have online ordering,
and I just checked - the book doesn't show up in their catalog yet. So CALL
if you want this book!

While I was there, I found some interesting blends that I couldn't resist -
all in natural color, so some fun dyeing ahead! There was an 80/20%
rayon/silk, and unknown percentage blends of silk/mohair and wool/rabbit
(very soft!). Yum, yum and more yum.

An interesting bit of trivia - Robin and Russ has been in operation in
McMinnville since 1962. Are there older yarn stores (same owner) anywhere?


I'm not affiliated with R&R other than as a faithful supporter!

Diane in foggy-this-morning Oregon


Re: Singles yarn for warp

toni ogden <togden@...>
 

I doubt Rita Buchanan would hesitate to use her own singles for warp,
however I believe she is on to the lack of confidence contempory spinners
tend to have in the strength of their singles and doesn't want to add to
their frustration. Many hand spinners are afraid of putting in too much
twist for fear of breakage or yarn too kinky to deal with (perhaps
remembering their early efforts) and as a result their yarn won't stand up
to tension. I believe the Navajo like the Peruvians also prefer overtwisted
yarns for warp.

I have a lovely hank of fine hemp. Analysis of similar and favorite
commercial hemp and linen singles will be my starting point in designing my
own warp singles.

The best definition of a master spinner that I can think of is one who makes
the yarn he or she *chooses*. This requires flawless preparation, attention
to fiber length, twist and consistency. And concentration. I would never
spin warp in front of the news!

Toni, Staunton, Va


Re: Singles yarn for warp

Sara von Tresckow <sarav@...>
 

I've let this one go by so far - BUT - I have used handspun singles for warp
using both wool and linen.

The very first linen(MANY years ago) was too hairy and I broke off the experiment,
but in the intervening years have done it a few more times with the same success
as with commercial singles.

The last project, linen guest towels is pictured on my web site - I used a sett
of 24 epi for the tabby sections and 38 for the twill - and not one warp thread
broke. (Used a rising shed loom, too, instead of the big countermarche) And
just to dispel those myths of perfection in everything - those skeins were the
result of public demonstrations over the last few years, sorted by evenness
and consistency - chained, sized in laundry starch, and woven just like any
other yarn.

Al Fannin is completely correct when he states that decent yarn is decent yarn
- by any power source.

Maybe the proper introduction to spinning any yarn is to work with a comparable
grade of commercial yarn to get a feel for what it should be when its finished
- and then go for that quality.

Sara von Tresckow Visit our Web Site -
sarav@powercom.net Now FLAXCAM - Final Copy
for 2001
Fond du Lac, WI http://www2.powercom.net/~sarav
http://www.powercom.net


Re: "collapse" fabric

Ian Bowers
 

All our experience is that a high twist yearn will recover its snarl very
quickly, so the first stage of fulling is that the weave is locked up by the
snarl, and a little more fulling will soften the handle

HTH


Best regards

Ian Bowers
Managing Director - George Weil & Sons Ltd

The leading supplier to Fabric Painters, Dyers and Printers, Glass Painters
Hand weavers, Hand Spinners and Dyers, Felt & Paper makers
based at Guildford, Surrey, UK
email md@georgeweil.co.uk

visit our new web site www.georgeweil.co.uk

phone 0 (+44) 1483 565800
fax 0 (+44) 1483 565807

----- Original Message -----
From: <cyncewilliams@aol.com>
To: <WeaveTech@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 5:57 PM
Subject: [WeaveTech] "collapse" fabric


Finally got my first piece of "collapse" fabric off the loom. It's already
wriggling nicely, thank you. It's handspun wool, ca. 40 wraps per inch,
sett
and woven at 10 epi, ppi.

My question is how best to go about fulling it. My instincts (from 20
years
weaving experience) say wash it carefully in the bath tub. My brain says
maybe that won't stabilize it enough.

Opinions, anyone?

TIA
Cynthia in Alton, IL

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Re: CONVERGENCE - Border crossing

Marge Coe <MargeCoe@...>
 

There is no substance to unfound, unreasonable fears. Within a week after
September 11, I flew, I left the country and I returned--the increased
security was of minimal impact. To my mind it was not as rigorous as
they've had at Heathrow and Gatwick for decades!

Additionally I cross the Mexican border frequently. The lines are little
longer, but mostly for truck drivers trying to bring us our veggies and
fruit and who have to go through an inspection process.

The increased security shouldn't put a damper on any one's travel plans,
unless of course they're planning a trip to Afghanistan. True fiber folks
aren't going to let this kind of thing get in the way of Convergence.

Margaret
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MargeCoe@att.net
Tucson, AZ USA
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Re: CONVERGENCE - Border crossing

Laura Fry <laurafry@...>
 

Oh my goodness - it's not that difficult to cross the border,
honestly! Darlene and I just went to the Seattle Guild
meeting in October, and when we drove across, it took all
of 5 minutes to show our id, and have the US border guard open
the tailgate of my van.

If the vendors follow the guidelines that the Vancouver group
has put together for them, it shouldn't be that big a deal.
Make sure your documentation is in order, and packages
labelled clearly if you are transporting goods for sale.
A broker to handle the paperwork is probably essential -
especially when returning to the US.

Have your passport, or other photo id plus your birth certificate.
Don't make jokes, just answer the questions. Generally
they want to know nationality, and the purpose of your trip,
how long you'll be staying, etc.

If driving, we were advised that it is faster to cross early
in the day than later in the afternoon. No line ups at
6 am!!! ;)

Please don't let fears of border crossing
prevent you from attending! Take advantage of our wimpy
Canadian dollar and come to Vancouver next year! :D

cheers,

Laura Fry
http://laurafry.com


Re: Is this a scam?

Laura Fry <laurafry@...>
 

Have just been contacted by someone purportedly wanting to
add my products to the shopping channel New Value Club.
The company name is
Product Research Department
United Telemedia, LLC
3400 Lakeside Drive, Suite 500
Miramar, FL 33027

Anyone ever heard of these people? I've heard of scams
and am leary of following up.

Cheers,

Laura Fry
http://laurafry.com


Re: Gilmore Tie-Up

Marge Coe <MargeCoe@...>
 

Linda wrote:

The disadvantage of the teslove (sorry for the misspelling) system on
these
same looms is getting them to balance.
The Ruth responded:
but I've never, never had an arrow peg fall out on either loom.
. . . and I agree with both. The pegs did indeed fall out and they always
picked the most unfortunate time in the middle of a workshop to do it, but
Minnesota Guild's looms and the abuse thereof are legendary!

I had Texsolv on my home loom tie up at the same time and nary a one fell
out. This issue is definitely a user/misuser sort of thing nothing to do
with Texsolv or for that matter the practicalities of snitch knots (if you
have the sort of verbal dyslexia I sometimes have, this is, ahem, difficult
to say without a grimace).

Margaret
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MargeCoe@att.net
Tucson, AZ USA
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Re: "collapse" fabric

Laura Fry <laurafry@...>
 

If you do the finishing by hand, you will be able to closely
monitor the development of your fabric.

Cheers,

Laura Fry


Re: Gilmore Tie-Up

Ruth Blau <ruthblau@...>
 

Linda wrote:

The disadvantage of the teslove (sorry for the misspelling) system on these
same looms is getting them to balance. Probably the eyelets in the cord
were not even. Also the little plastic arrows can be difficult to force
into these eyelets then fall out as you weave.
I use Texsolv on both my Gilmore (workshop) and Macomber (12 shaft). I agree that they are a little harder to balance, but I've never, never had an arrow peg fall out on either loom.

Ruth


Gilmore Tie-Up

Linda Madden <LMADDEN@...>
 

The first floor loom I owned was a six shaft Gilmore. It was not a folding
loom. I loved the snitch knot tie-ups because the first owner had taken
good care of the loom and they were in good condition. What I like about
them is you can balance the shafts perfectly with just a tug on the SNITCH
KNOTS. (How can you dislike anything with a name like snitch knots. It is so
Dr. Seuss!)

Where I did not like the snitch knots was on the teaching looms at the
Weavers Guild of Minnesota. There students would not believe that a clove
hitch plus half a square knot would hold. Years of inventive knots had made
these knot cords impossible to release. Our students were often of the
"bigger hammer" point of view--if its not working stomp on it harder. I
even helped replace them with the teslove system. (the snitch knots not the
students)

The disadvantage of the teslove (sorry for the misspelling) system on these
same looms is getting them to balance. Probably the eyelets in the cord
were not even. Also the little plastic arrows can be difficult to force
into these eyelets then fall out as you weave.

This probably all falls into that category of we like the familiar and have
trouble with the unfamiliar. What works wonderfully for one weaver, with
her own individual skills and equipment will be totally unsatisfactory to
another equally talented and intelligent weaver.

Linda Madden

Bigger hammer as heard from another room- soft stomp on treadles, muttering,
big stomp, ping, "I hate this loom"


CM Sketches now in Weavetech

adriane nicolaisen <admark@...>
 

Bill
Could you give a little more detailed information about finding the photo
album you have used to show your photos? I went to Yahoo photo albums but
the list was long and I was never able to find the one for Weavetech.
Thanks
Adriane Nicolaisen

Adriane Nicolaisen
Handwoven Webworks Studio
707-964-5004


"collapse" fabric

cyncewilliams@...
 

Finally got my first piece of "collapse" fabric off the loom. It's already
wriggling nicely, thank you. It's handspun wool, ca. 40 wraps per inch, sett
and woven at 10 epi, ppi.

My question is how best to go about fulling it. My instincts (from 20 years
weaving experience) say wash it carefully in the bath tub. My brain says
maybe that won't stabilize it enough.

Opinions, anyone?

TIA
Cynthia in Alton, IL


Webpage repaired....

Bill Koepp <bgkoe@...>
 

Apparantely my webpage sustained a hit by something ?? It knocked some files
around, but I have repaired it finally:
http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/billk/index.html

( No commercial, I don't sell anything )

Happy Shuttling ! - Bill Koepp in Central California


Re: CM Sketches now in Weavetech

Bill Koepp <bgkoe@...>
 

Could you give a little more detailed information about finding the photo
album you have used to show your photos? I went to Yahoo photo albums but
the list was long and I was never able to find the one for Weavetech.
The Yahoo group needs your password to enter. If you have one the weavetech
name is on the left side of the page. If you don't have one now, you can see
the sketches on these pages instead. I got the info from Peter Collingwood
years ago and luckily filed it long before I owned a computer, so I just had
to scan & paste:
http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/billk/images/uktrdl.1.gif
http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/billk/images/uktrdl.2.gif
http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/billk/images/uktrdl.3.gif
( # 3 is a sketch I made )

Happy Shuttling ! - Bill Koepp in Central California


CONVERGENCE - Border crossing

archfarm@...
 

What do the organizers of Convergence advise as regards the latest
legislation on seize and search and detain...for those crossing the US
Canadian border? And, I can imagine it would put a real damper on
attendance by both vendors and fiber folk. I am trying to reassure
potential attendees...but need some substance.
TIA
Myra


Re: new question/new topic

nancy
 

i am considering converting my old 12 harness 45 inch leclerc to their compu-dobby retrofit.

anyone out there who has done this?? opinions?? pitfalls?? recommendations??

thanks for all thought processes along the way.
nancy


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