Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ergonomics

I have what I consider to be the perfect seat for my loom, although the chair was not built for weaving. I purchased it about six years ago, on the basis of its good-looking lines, which seemed to mirror the lines of the loom and worked with the general aesthetics of the living room (where the loom resides). It is too low for ergonomic weaving, though. For optimum comfort and efficiency, elbows should hover an inch or two above the breast beam, and the knees should be positioned several inches lower than the hips. I did some calculations and discovered my optimal seat height at the loom is 22".

Because I don't enjoy sitting on a stack of bath towels, Art offered to build a bench of appropriate height. But I love the chair so much, he built a small pedestal out of scrap wood, instead. It has ridges so that the chair won't slide off. This rustic-looking compromise seems to be working quite well. We can easily add more height, if necessary (this project is still in the discovery stage). When I'm not weaving, I can just stow the pedestal behind the loom and push the chair in.


My current project features drop spindle-spun Corriedale cross, a medium soft wool with beautiful luster, on a hand-dyed silk warp. The predominant color is blue-black, but a nice little hint of red sneaked in.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

One From the Stash

I am coming to the end of a long Ms and Os warp, and thought I would re-visit an old yarn...I mean really old. This wonderful, huge cone of tussah silk thick and thin singles actually came from my mother's stash to mine 15 years ago, along with her loom. The yarn was a little dusty, and much too weak for warp, but for this project, finally, it seemed the perfect weft. Imagining that this piece would change dramatically after its post-fringe-twisting "spa treatement" in the wash bucket, I re-sleyed the 20/2 silk warp for a looser sett. You will have to wait and see if 22 e.p.i. will work.


I'm waiting until November 15, or thereabouts, for the big reveal, because that is the due date for a photo project that Meg has proposed. Corybantic sounds about right, as this cloth will be agitated in the finishing, and I will probably be exultant! (But I will leave the naming of the project to Meg, since it was her idea.) Also, it will be my 100th blog post.

Anyway, what I really love about this yarn is the unevenness of it. I expect that when it is held up to the light, the cloth will have a distinct diagonal pattern, as well as a unique texture.