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Weaving Is Thriving During This Pandemic…

…but kids’ energy needs something else. I threw this together overnight for my grandkids who are almost 2. They went crazy. This is the first slide down all by himself for my grandson. What a hoot to watch! They both laughed and laughed.  After no playgrounds they could not get enough.

From Bread Bags To Friendship To Covid-19

Last August I got a letter.  It was from a woman two thousand miles away.  She said that my posts on loom restoration had been very helpful in assembling and refurbishing one that she had recently acquired.  Since then we have sent a lot of what we have done back and forth.  Each of our families have chosen to stay at home over the course of this pandemic, and we have found our own ways of being creatively productive.  Her work is amazing; she is a Master weaver.  Over the past couple of months she has woven bread bags, chair upholstery, and scarves, worked on vestments, and sewn virus masks.  It’s amazing!  Here is some of her work…

My own work here has focused on finishing construction on our weaving shop and anchoring our power loom…

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…along with getting accessories up and running like this cone winder…

And now I am in to preparing equipment for spring farming, starting with installing new axles and refurbishing some trailers that will be good now for decades to come, and farming equipment…

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Isolated on our farm there is no end of work to do over this time when staying separate is the best gift we can offer to one another…well, that and weaving gifts!  :)  Today we start planting our garden for 2020.

A healthy tension will make all the difference at this time for many of us, namely, be compassionate toward others, learn new ways to not become anxious, and realize that others may not have your best interests in mind.

Stay safe!

Insulating Weaving Shop Storage Area

Before the interior of the weaving shop which houses the Draper loom can be started an attached 15′ x 20′ storage area needs to be completed.  Two walls are now finished and a third insulated today.  The ceiling needs to be put up after the metal is put on the long outside wall (right) and the centre wall is done.  After this then storage units need to be built, items put in, and then the work on the area of the Draper and work tables can begin.  Work on this goes along as the weather is rainy outside…usually at least a few hours early every morning.

 

Board And Batten

Board and batten construction involves placing lumber – usually one inch thick – vertically one next to another and then placing a smaller size board over the crack between the two.  Lumber will shrink over time so what was once tight will invariably open up.  Insulating the shop that houses our Draper Model D requires that the battens be drawn tight to the board over their entire length.  A nail gun does this very well due to the speed at which it drives a nail, instantly snugging the two together.  With farming done insulation of our workshop, which was built around the Draper, is next on the agenda.

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Yarn Ball/Cone Caddy/Holder

A yarn ball or cone caddy/holder allows you to place a center-pull ball on top of the wooden stake so that as you load your loom the yarn cake/cone feeds as you go along.  Buying a used loom you often get all sorts of other paraphernalia: books, magazines, yarns, winders of all sorts, etc..  This came with our 90″ Leclerc loom.  It needs the addition of a disc that sits on top of the base, between it and the ball/cone, and can spin as required as the yarn is removed.  I will need to make one of these as it is missing…

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