Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fuller's Teasel (Dipsacus sativus)

The teasels have survived our cold winter (Canada 5A Zone) under a thick cover of 1,5m (54in) of snow.

The plants are not very high but flower buds are starting to show.

I ordered the seeds two winters ago from la Hulotte French magazine and sowed them last summer.(

Sunday, May 12, 2013

double warp beam completed

I worked almost all day yesterday completing the double warp beam.

Working on the sides, the end piece details take more time to make than the original square cut but they look prettier.

A little assembly test to make sure everything works.

How do you put this up on the loom by yourself? Awarping frame is always handy :-)

Everything seems ok.

I took everyting down and gave it a good sanding. Here I am waiting for the oil finish to dry.

In the meantime, I made a pair of locking pins for the upper warp beam.

1:30 am. Tired but happy. The double warp beam is up on the loom!

Friday, May 10, 2013

What happened since last January?

Sorry for not having updated my blog lately... just too busy I guess :-)

What happened since last January?

A new duvet cover set for one of our guest room, I made the duvet cover with the flat sheet and some corduroy fabric recycled from another bed cover. That makes a nice winter set.

Nothing to do with weaving but I was finally able to get braces. Some things in life take more time than others... priorities and budget limitation.

I also started making a second warp beam to go with the ratchet wheel I bought this winter from Dawn McCarthy for my Standard 110.

I also took a 6 weeks (one half day per week) tapestry course from the Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montréal ( which I highly appreciated and recommend!

This week, I finally was able to continue working on the double warp beam project. Here we see one of the sides that will hold both pairs of back and warp beams.

And here what will become the second back beam along with the existing one.

Keeping busy, I told you!