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Thanks to gift certificates from generous friends and family, I took two weaving workshops this weekend. Yes, two full-day workshops. And yes, my back is now killing me after sitting for two solid days. Then again, Jane Patrick and Judy Steinkoenig are great teachers, so who cares about my back?

They may not look like much, but these two samplers showcase over a dozen different weaving structures or patterns. Things I never could have learned from a book. Next up, debating taking a spinning class.

Pickup, Doubleweave

Samplers, samplers

Just finished reading: Doctor Illuminatus by Martin Booth; After the Quake by Haruki Murakami;

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell


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  1. Re Spinning hints, I suggest you sit at the wheel with nothing on it and read one of your many books while SLOWLY treadling the wheel, just ticking it over real slow and even. After a couple of chapters you should be able to treadle without thinking about it.
    Next you get two balls of wool, feed them through the hole and secure them to the bobbin thread. Now ply/feed them on to the bobbin at the nice slow pace you have been doing. adjust the tension to fast or slow to feed the wool through at the right speed. After a few minutes of this read another few pages of your book while doing the rest of the plying.
    Next, now that you have mastered the treadling and feeding the yarn part, you can start thinking about how to deal with that fluff in your hand. If you only have to worry about that and not treadling and feeding the yarn at the same time you will have it mastered very quickly…. Wish someone had told me this when I first learnt to spin!

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