I’m Weaving!

Well, after much trial and error (mostly me thinking I was smarter than most others and not having it work at all) I am finally weaving something!

I think I posted this link before but this was basically what I did:

http://www.theloomybin.com/doc/cwloom/

And, of course, I can’t choose something simple for my first project.  This is the pattern (well, it’s supposed to be … now that I have pictures, I’m not sure I’m doing it right but I don’t care!):

http://www.cs.vassar.edu/~capriest/birkarcp.html

I’m using just yarn … normal Red Heart (still don’t know the difference between the yarns) and it’s really wide … don’t know what the heck I’ll do with it but I don’t care!  I’m weaving!

And here’s the result:

See the cards on the left?  I made those!  I had an old accordion file and the stiff cardboard on either end was about the same width as the cards I was given.  To make the holes, I made a punch out of the metal nozzle off a large rodent water bottle (we used it when we had a rabbit) like this: I just pulled the metal part out and sharpened it with some files used to sharpen chain saws.  Then, hit it against the cardboard with a hammer and poof!  Perfectly round holes!  🙂

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That is a door to a small cabinet that we removed, 2 C-clamps, 1 Knitting needle, a TV tray, a chair, a large bottle of 409, a paint stirrer, bungee cord and paper clamps.  🙂

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Border Collie is Ready to Herd! – Spinning Wheels

Take a look at these spinning wheels!

Olympic Spinning Wheels

collie wheelcollie wheel detailOur latest wheel is about ready for testing once the varnish dries a bit more.  I like the way things turned out, even though it kept me alert all the time as so many things were new with this one.  Because Jan requested a border collie in classic pose for the handle, I needed to make it removable and it turned out fine.  I will add this option to my bag of tricks when people request delicate handle embellishment.   It is held in place over the regular handle by two rare earth magnets.  Just pop it off and pack it carefully for travel. I felt it was necessary to keep the woodwork simple so as not to compete with the art.  Sorry for the indoor photos.  Usually we haul the new wheels to some place interesting to photograph them but today we have rain.  The  dusty shop had to double…

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