The final day! We spent about half the time weaving. Then our instructor’s friend stopped by to tell us about the dye garden here in Baltimore, Blue Light Junction, and how you dye things from indigo. Who knew you had to feed the indigo dye pot? It was really interesting! She also showed us some samples of work she did using the dye.
We talked about how to wash our weavings and how to finish them off. I was the only one who got to the end of my project! I am debating if I want to hem it using my sewing machine or create fringe.
I’m happy with how it came out! I did random strips of twill and then plain weave because my goal was to finish in class. We have access to the studio for the rest of the month but since I have my own looms, I don’t really need that. I know one of the other students wants to do a small second project and another wasn’t able to attend much of the classes so she has to catch up.
Honestly, I did not feel great today! I made it to class but I’ve had either a migraine or a headache most of the week. I don’t know if it was the rainy weather or what but it’s been rough!
Today was mostly a work day so I was okay. Luckily it was just the two of us weaving so it wasn’t too noisy and it wasn’t too fiddly.
I learned how to read a pattern and did some strips of twill in between plain weave. Ideally I’d do more twill but I want to have something I can pull off the loom tomorrow in class! I wish the shop was open before class because I’d go in early tomorrow to weave. We do have access to the weaving room after class ends because the next class isn’t until May but since I have looms at home, I don’t really need that.
Somehow we both missed that I mis-threaded some heddles! Just two! That pink was a cute but bad choice because it was really difficult to see. It almost glowed. We just clipped them since it was a practice piece and hopefully when I wash it, it will tighten up.
When I got home, my used copy of the pattern directly we used in class arrived so that was exciting. I’ll have to try the pattern again at home.
Today was mostly finishing up dressing the loom but we also got to start to weave! One woman had to arrive late but I think by the end we were all on about the same page. She is much faster than the other two of us!
The loom is older and kind of banged up and the track(?) the heddles are on were kind of squished together which slowed me down. I’m glad my looms at home are in better shape. I kept grabbing the wrong heddle (it’s an 8-shaft) because the two tracks were curved together in a weird way.
We did the tie up but I didn’t learn how to read the pattern for weaving yet so I’m looking forward to that. We can go in during the week to do it but I really want to do twill. Hopefully I will be able to weave enough Saturday during class to be able to finish Sunday!
The only thing I’m not enjoying about the class is how it is 11-3pm. We really don’t have time to eat (and no place to really wash up without leaving the studio) and by 3 I’m starving. I wish it was more like 1-5 pm. But it’s only two weekends so I can deal. I’ve been picking up a snack at a bakery and sneaking a couple bites then having a sandwich when I get home.
I was checking the hours for a local yarn shop (that doesn’t sell weaving supplies) thinking they might have some yarn to use as weft on my Wolf Pup I just warped (and future warp—with the 8 dent reed I can basically use knitting yarn) and noticed they had weaving classes this weekend!
I never hit register so fast! The price was a reasonable $300 (materials included) for 16 hours over two weekends. The limit was four students but we only had three.
Today we used a warping board (I am so glad I have a reel!) and slayed the reed. Tomorrow we will finish dressing the loom and go over pattern reading. I’m excited! The next set of classes was just announced but it isn’t until the end of May so it was great luck I saw it when I did!
I really could have missed it all together because the store doesn’t sell weaving equipment and when I asked them if they could order any weaving related items (like cone yarn, a reel) they acted like that was a bizarre question. So I didn’t bother getting in their mailing list or anything.
The class was great and the instructor is very nice and knowledgeable and does the social media for the weavers guild. She told me that the women in charge of answering emails/managing membership isn’t great about answering emails and that they were a little resistant to social media so maybe that explains the lack of response I’ve been getting from them. She also found it odd that it’s called Greater Baltimore but doesn’t meet near the city. Glad it’s not just me! I wish we could do a spin off “actually in Baltimore” guild!
The next set of classes includes a day of dying your warp so I’m a little sad to miss that but I don’t want to wait another almost 2 months to get going!