A L I S A
My mom had all these antique embroidery hoops, so I decided to use them because they make such a nice little frame. The only problem is that they are very small. That's ok for my first one, but I may want to find some bigger ones as this project goes on. I wanted the centre of my warp to be off set, which was way easier to do on the hoop than with a cardboard circle. I tried with the cardboard first and just couldn't get it right. With the hoop it made more sense to me, except, that in order for there to the right amount of warp threads to weave in a spiral it has to be an odd number. So, I did a tricky warp from the centre point out, not the whole way around the hoop as the others (it would be the one to the left of my thumb). So far, I'm doing just a spiral. It's very meditative. I want to add some mohair yarns for texture. I really don't have any plans for this first one except to play round.
J E N N E
What I did get done on our vacation last week - weaving. Somehow this little portable loom was easier to use and carry around than my knitting project so I spent a lot of time at my friend Connie's kitchen table weaving while she worked on a hand sewn cathedral quilt (more on that later.) Last time I didn't know what to do in the middle where the warp was a little dense and Brooke suggested the bunching them together uniting a couple at a time to combat that unruliness. Its working great and I am experimenting with different ways to do that.