Card Weaving, spinning, and a New Member

17 12 2009

First of all, I’d like to welcome Marion Steele to the incubator. She’s a person with considerable costuming and sewing experience, including everything from historical costumes you can talk a kid into wearing to Napoleonic uniform trousers (which there is reason for any female to wish men still wore). She’s also a first year textile student at Norwich University College of the Arts presently working on a project involving card weaving.

This is why, after years of owning cards for card weaving, reading instructions for how to do it and coming up puzzled and thoroughly confused and confounded by the Z’s and S’s and “thread from the back” or “thread from the front” and ABCD’s which, if you believe the Z / S bit, could turn into BACD and ABDC, and so on and so on, I decided to sit down and puzzle it all out once and for all.

If you, too, happen fo find yourself confused and confounded by all this, let me give you a link that actually integrates all these to each other and gave me a clue as to where the heck the threads head from to go through the appropriate holes and where they head to afterwards. Once you read this one, you’ll be able to make a lot more sense of all the rest. Thank you SO much Pam Howard and Weavezine! Ready for it:

http://www.weavezine.com/content/tablet-woven-dpn-holder

I’ve now got a 19-card project going. It won’t be the best card weaving anyone has ever done, but it’s my card weaving, and I’ve got a new skill I reall do understand to add to my repetoire.

I have another one as well, spinning with a drop spindle. I taught myself that one with the help of instructions included with the spindle and roving from Norfolk Yarns

http://www.norfolkyarn.co.uk/

(I will definitely go to them to learn how to spin on a spinning wheel.) And then after struggling for a while, I consulted on twitter with SheepMama

http://www.woolandwings.blogspot.com/

who told me just what to do to get better. It may be a while before I’m drafting as I spin instead of parking, drafting, and spinning in turn, but the results really do pass muster as yarn worth using in a project once I ply it, or maybe even as singles once I research whether that is all right or not and under what circumstances.

Meanwhile, life at the incubator continues as it has been, a few more names on the mailing and contacts lists for classes, lots of wishing us luck, and no sales. I’m hoping that will change when we achieve what I call a “critical mass” of stock to sell. I always knew marketing would be the challenge for me