Big Sal is now proudly displaying a warp.
It may be worlds homeliest warp, but a warp none the less. I did a modified warping, measuring out 8 bouts and running them onto the sectional beam through a raddle. It wasn't until I was on the third bout that I noticed that all the leaders weren't the same length.
They are close enough,as I'll even it up at the breast beam and it is unlikely I will actually weave this whole 8 yard warp so shouldn't pose too much of a problem. This is all about adjusting (need to put on new leaders!) and learning and practicing, not about weaving something usable, although it would be nice to get a few towels off to do duty around the house. I keep a large tub of old towels for stuff you wouldn't want to use your kitchen towels on. It keeps our paper towel use down to a minimum too.
I solved the bench problem by ordering an adjustable drafting stool.
This had the height range I needed and it was cute, inexpensive and comfortable especially now that I have my sheepskin thrown on it to avoid butt slide!
It provides a wee bit of support on the lower back, the legs just fit between the treadles and it doesn't have wheels so it doesn't roll around. The bonus of course is that the seat turns so no contortions getting out from the loom like you would have with a bench. A good workable solution for this loom.
January 1 found me heading out the door for a ride on my trusty, rusty and chubby steed Cooper. He was very mellow and relaxed and certainly enjoyed the attention. The ride itself was awful. The ground has suffered from some major frost heaving. He would fall through the lifted ground. In some spots it was so evident it sounded hollow under his hooves. Needless to say we made it a very short slow ride. It just wasn't worth putting his legs in harms way and it makes for tedious going for both of us having to micro manage where he puts his feet. Not one to complain, he was happy to receive treats at the end, a second quick brushing and some hugs. I saved treats aside for the one left behind with the goats and he too got some enjoyment from our ride. :)
Little sewing has gone on over the holidays. I am heading out for a 3 week visit to my folks on the 18th and have a fair amount of prep before I hand the household reins over to Gene. But I managed to get one thing done from start to finish.
This dogwood print tunic in a lightweight canvas with some white linen sleeve and pocket details.
I have pants cut that I would like to get finished for the trip too. It's somewhere on the "To Do" list
For those feeling the bitter cold and/or mounting snow, stay safe and warm. Snuggle in with a good book and hot cup of coco if you can.
Parting shot: The comfy chair, it's not just for sleeping!