The title may be cheery but I have to warn you that this post is brought to you by Mrs Grumpy of Grumpysville. I woke up this morning with a very painful right shoulder and no particular reason for a very painful right shoulder, which was perfectly fine when I went to bed last night. That is just annoying. Not much point in heading to the studio today, then. Paracetamol have been taken instead.
I am pretty confident that I haven’t overdone things in the weaving line, in any case, since I haven’t had very much time even to underdo them. The London trip was a bit of a whirlwind, but highlights included seeing friends from far and wide at the CW study day and getting my godson doing his first ever weaving using my rigid-heddle-and-backstrap loom.
In my brief studio time over the last couple of weeks I have managed to get a bit of weaving going. I have mainly been occupied with crystallising my plans for the taster sessions. I’m trying not to let the excitement of having my own place to host events go to my head! It gives me the coveted opportunity to set things up the way I want them, but that doesn’t mean that I need to shoehorn everything into one day — I already know that that would be a bad idea. However, I’ve had a few chats with some of the people who have signed up, and there is quite a range of interests and expectations, so I reckon the most important factor is flexibility.
I’m going to be warping up the table looms in advance, so that people can get stuck in straight away. In fact, I have already turned these…
I know that’s a lot of colour, but it’s January! I started sampling on an earlier incarnation of the make-it-colourful idea, using a warp in blue and orange, but decided that harmonious colours would be better for the warps; then folk have the scope to keep it harmonious or introduce a bit of contrast if they prefer. The main thing I want is that each warp should include a light yarn and a dark yarn. This is all 2/6s cotton from William Hall (who now has a website!), by the way.
Sampling on 4 shafts is completely brilliant and I could go on for ages, if I weren’t running out of warp. I have a design for a very simple “finished thing”, a sampler of (mainly) assorted twills (once in the warp colours, once with a white weft and once with a black weft) and – the current section – a free-form sampler, using mainly plain weave, but with clasped weft, some inlay and I can’t remember what else. This gives me the material for three different individual ‘pathways’ through the day depending on people’s preferences and experience. In the context of a very small class that will be fine, but my immediate need is to create three different handouts! I will get cracking on that shortly.
Besides the weaving, there will also be warp-winding and loom-dressing, so I need to make sure I leave one loom empty – with so many ideas buzzing at the moment, I have to watch myself. However, I have just put a long scarf warp on the Megado and that really ought to keep me out of trouble for a week or two.