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A video of me weaving freeform overshot pick up

My eBook “The Mermaid Scarf & The Freeform Overshot Technique “ explains this flexible weave structure and how to design your own patterns and weave patterns designed by others in detail.

I’m Selling My Mermaid Scarf Loom

$300

Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle Loom 25-inches wide

This is the rigid heddle loom I used to weave my Mermaid Scarf that was featured on the Nov/Dec 2015 cover of Handwoven magazine.

Comes with a tray, homemade stand, 12-dent heddle, and other extras.

I’m having a garage sale Friday and Saturday where the loom will be for sale.

I still have three rigid heddle looms, an eight shaft floor loom, 16 shaft table loom and full size inkle loom, so I’m not running out of looms!

Spinning equipment for sale

I have destashed most of my spinning fiber and equipment. A few pieces of equipment remain for sale in my Etsy store, including a two pairs of Viking combs, a niddy noddy, flick carders, and spinning bobbins and sectional warping spools I used for storing singles, plus a needle felting kit, and buttonholer attachment for a low shank treadle sewing machine.

My rainbow chenille wrap is done!

I finished weaving my chenille wrap made from a hand dyed skein of Blazing Shuttles bulky rayon chenille. I warped in a circle to create the faux ikat look. The wrap is warp-emphasis with a much thinner WEBS magenta chenille weft; 12-dent rigid heddle. I added 3/2 mercerized cotton fringe and purple silver lined seed beads.

I finished fringe twisting on one end of my wrap

I finished twisting the first side of fringe for my rainbow chenille wrap. I bought a fringe twister. It really does speed up fringe twisting. I expect the second side to go faster.

In other news, intense physical therapy strength training has helped with my knee and back osteoarthritis. My physical therapist says that I have to “stay super strong” until I’m at least 85 years old and don’t expect to do more than sit around. Here’s to 30+ years more of physical therapy!

I’m selling my spinning equipment

I’m saving my back for weaving and walking and bicycling and baking bread. I’ve already sold my spinning wheel locally. Priorities.
Here is what’s left:

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Acorn English Combs Set, plus a wool combing book: $199
Handmade English 5 pitch (rows of tines) wool combs.

Features:
* 6.5″ Stainless Steel Tines – Front
* 4″ Stainless Steel Tines – Back
* Tines set on 3/8″ center
* Covers
* Base
* Tine straightener
* Approximately 11″ long, 8″ tall and 4″ wide. 3-5/8″ working width.
* Each comb weighs approximately 22 ounces.
* A copy of the first edition of “Hand Wool Combing and Spinning: A Guide to Worsteds from the Spinning
Wheel,” by Peter Teal

These combs cost $270 brand new, and the holding fixture costs another $59.

 

I also have two sets of Acorn Viking wool combs:

Single row $75 including base
Double row $120 including base

Plus shipping based on weight usps first class.

 

I also have an extra, brand new, never used open bottom shuttle by LeClerc. Holds a 4-inch bobbin. $25 including shipping.

I’m making progress on my rainbow chenille wrap fringe

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I’ve had multiple doctor appointments, physical therapy appointments, x-rays and more in the last few weeks. I have been diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis as well as knee osteoarthritis. My knees are a genetic “gift” from one of my grandmothers, who suffered from debilitating knee arthritis, too. My knees have put enormous pressure on my back for more than 50 years of walking.

I’m practicing an intensive physical therapy regimen. I have to stay as physically strong as possible for as long as possible to slow down damage to my knees and back. I’m having to relearn how to do many activities, including weaving.

Thanks for sticking with me!

Wet finishing different yarns

I washed my rainbow chenille wrap in lukewarm water because hand dyed rayon chenille needs delicate treatment. I’m washing the mercerized cotton fringe yarn in very hot water to preshrink it, remove cotton waxes, and to make the yarn bloom. Mixing different kinds of yarns requires planning for the yarns’ different characteristics.

I finished weaving my rainbow chenille wrap

I finished hemstitching my rainbow chenille wrap and I took it off the loom. Yay!!! Because I couldn’t make the wrap longer than the original hand dyed skein, I plan to add twisted mercerized cotton fringe in the colors shown: royal purple on the violet end, and magenta on the red end.

It took me so long to finish a simple plain weave project because I’ve been having problems with a knee issue with which I was born that has flared up lately. I have osteoarthritis and bone edema in my knee joints. I haven been able to sit on a stool or chair and bend at my waist to work on *any* loom. A cortisone shot in both knees and physical therapy is helping. It’s been frustrating not to be able to weave. I’ve been in a lot of physical pain.

To finish the hemstitching, I have turned the loom vertical, like a tapestry loom. I’m sitting on the low cement step onto my patio to hemstitch while sitting upright.

Chenille weaving tips

Two tips on weaving chenille on a rigid heddle loom, especially warp-emphasis projects:

1. Don’t use the heddle to beat the cloth. The Blazing Shuttles bulky chenille barely fits through the holes on a 12-dent heddle (I’m weaving a warp-emphasis wrap to show off the hand dyed warp). I’ve had two warp ends threaded in holes start shredding. The first time, I cut the fraying warp end and wove in a new warp end (pictured). The second time I decided not to cut the warp yarn. I decided to greatly lessen the abrasion caused by the heddle by using a horse comb to beat the weft into place like tapestry, but gently. I wove in a short piece of yellow *after* I wove past the shredded point to conceal the bare warp spot.

2. Moving the heddle up and down causes some stress on the warp, too, so I’m also advancing the warp frequently to avoid too much stress on warp sections.

Chenille threaded in slots is not abraded or subjected to too much tension.

I can’t pass up hand dyed yarn in my colors!

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Beautifully hand dyed chenille from Mary Gavan Yarns in hues of purple, fuchsia and coral. Very few commercial dyers are hand dyeing chenille because it’s so drapey and slinky to handle during the dyeing process. It’s similar in grist to WEBS chenille, much much finer than Blazing Shuttles bulky chenille. I went to weaver and knitting designer Miriam’s Well yarn store here in Santa Fe and Mary Gavan was out front with a trunk show!

The ironic thing is, as we talked, we discovered that we both left northern Arizona three years ago, me to Santa Fe from Flagstaff and Mary Gavan from Sedona to Tucson, because of the not-so-liberal politics. I’ve always loved Mary Gavan’s yarns. I used to buy her skeins in Sedona.