Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sally and Sylvia Return!

Two of our favorite students came back this May....Sally to weave a 6 H singles linen for curtain panels and Sylvia to weave a full sized summer blanket out of hand-dyed cotton/bamboo. Alison had dyed the yarn for Sylvia ahead of time in the most delicious colors of mango, peach and straw and Sally had sized her singles yarn at home using our wheat flour receipt. So they were all set to get their warps made first thing Monday morning.
Here is Sally...her warp on the loom ...making good headway so far.
Sylvia winding bobbins...her colorful warp in the background.
A close-up of Sally's curtains.
Sylvia at the loom...she was weaving three 100" panels to sew up for her blanket so she had many hours of weaving still to go.
No week at the school is complete without some hardships...though these hardships are always good learning experiences...(we hope!) Sylvia's challenge this week was on the physical level with bruised ankles from the treadles....
While Sally's challenge was with loose threads...due to the crankiness of the wiry, sized singles. By the end of her warp she had a regular wind chime effect from all the clanging metal hooks. But this was a learning experience too and all in all both Sally and Sylvia went away happy!

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