A very long pattern repeat

So ……. here is my super long 16-shaft liftplan composed of roughly a couple hundred weft picks. I only printed out a narrow strip of the pattern to fit it on regular paper and give me an idea of where I am in the pattern. I will be lifting seven to nine levers by hand each time I throw the shuttle on average. I get bored by simple repeats. I plan to use a paper clip to keep my place in the pattern. It’s a little scary …….

Not a fiber arts post!

Not a fiber arts post! I have stopped selling physical items. Like other small business people, the pandemic harms my ability to earn money. I have a Kindle version of my sourdough instruction and cookbook, “Wild Bread,” for instant downloading.

A brief essay on making substitutions for sourdough baking if you’re living in a state with shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders: I ran out of semolina due to other people’s panic buying because of the pandemic. I’m at high risk for coronavirus complications so I’m avoiding shopping in stores. I was going through my food storage and realized I had blue corn atole, a type of roasted cornmeal. It works perfectly well for dusting pans. I also have some garbanzo flour and teff grain in my freezer. I have started adding small amounts of one or the other to each sourdough bread loaf to stretch out my supplies and spread out consumption of extra nutrients to maintain my health. I’m using olive oil to oil pans because I have more olive oil on hand than other oils and fats.

You can purchase my book, “Wild Bread,” in Kindle form if you want an instant download to avoid possible coronavirus exposure: https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Bread-Handbaked-sourdough-artisan-ebook/dp/B07JVHW734. Of course, paper copies are also available from Amazon and lisarayner.com. My friend Dan runs lisarayner.com and runs a considerably more sanitary operation than Amazon warehouses are experiencing right now. He only has one employee.

My gardening book, “Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains,” has a chapter on food substitutions—how to use local and home grown ingredients in place of imported foods. A sustainable future will require a relocalization of food systems based on small farms with permaculture polycultures.

I’m back to weaving

I’m back to weaving after a week of stay-at-home preparations. The weft is 5/2 Teresa Ruch Designs hand painted tencel. The warp is 5/2 unmercerized cotton from Carr Park Artisans. I’m going to weave fabric. I don’t know yet what I will make from the fabric. I don’t usually weave fabric without knowing beforehand what I will make.

LynnAnnRose is now working at home and we have a couple months of most supplies. I have asthma and so does Lynnannrose and a friend living with us, so we are being very careful about protecting ourselves.

SALE 35% off instant digital download weaving patterns

You can use my BLOGFOLLOWERS20 20% off coupon on top of my current 15% store-wide sale. Weaving pattern instant digital downloads only. I’m staying at home and I’m not shipping physical items right now.

Time to tie on and weave!

I’m always pushing the limits of my equipment 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️. Rolling on a 4.5-yard warp through a 16-shaft loom is hard. A few popsicle sticks came in handy to stabilize and straighten the edges. Time to tie on and weave! If anyone can explain to me why flipping one of the warps around didn’t alter the basic color alignment, let me know your hypothesis.

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