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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Spinning ,Saori weaving classes ,Saori looms, and my weaving self challenge this year

Every January and February for 30 days i challenge my self to weave a yard day.
in the the last 7 years i have only skipped one year when i had the flu  .


The first 12 days was a 14 yard warp that yielded 12 yards 



  LOVE 8/2 ORGANIC COTTON CONES HERE













i used my SAORI CH60 -A2 LOOM HERE to weave this year. i love it because it will rise up 4.9" high not that i am that tall but but i love sitting higher when i weve it is eaiser on my joints 


  my second warp for the challenge  on day 13 was  blues and greens









 day 18 ,  and i wove 18 yards total  so far ( 6 yard 4" from the blue green warp)

just off the loom last night


 one of my favorite yarns is a  soft bulky cotton incredibly soft bulky cotton here  in many colors.



 also today i neede to wind 14 more yards to have enough to finish my yard a day for 30 days challenge so besides my yard i need to prep a new warp! with my  KENZO TABLE TOP WARPING SYSTEM HERE  IT IS SUCH A FUN PROCESS , No back strain and going from fron to the back of the loom to beam on it is all ergonomically designed to make the warping process a joy not a burden

here is my new warp is browns and blues


  The SAORI WARPING FRAME HERE IS MAGNIFICENT!






  NEXT THREADING TOMORROW. reeds and harnesses on the table top too.
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AND SPEAKING OF THE KENZO SYSTEM  Vicki came this week to learn and is going to weave a baby blanket for her first grand child!




  no chaining the warp  needed ...it goes easily into a bag !
  the dividing rod

  beaming on



and her warp is all ready to be taken home for her to weave!
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 Jillian and her mom came for a class and it was there first time weaving!

 it was in 70's and so twisting fringes on the teaching deck was joy ….
 

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Edilsa came to the studio to pick up a Saori 4 harness spring update for her Sx60  loom while she was here she tried on a saori jacket i wove and designed



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 Denise bought a saori wx60 loom and needed to know how to warp and thread it on the loom so we had a whirlwind warping/threading  class








denise and jim went home with the saori loom and her new warp tied up safely in a inside set. 

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Kim came for a threading class , she has a saori ch60 loom and loves it  but while she was here she  tried out the piccolo loom and loved it! she is thinking of writing a grant and teaching in the schools weaving to children and purchasing several piccolo 40's .

 Saori piccolo loom here

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 Tatiana came back  for a threading and  learn to spinning class
 ready made warp threaded...

 she was a natural at spinning!
  she went home with a new  LOUET S17 WHEEL HERE and the art yarn flyer  to spin art yarns ! Louet WHEELS are amazing!


 this was her first weaving off of her wx60 loom! Beautiful !
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  2 new items in my Etsy shop are these amazing  ASHFORD WARP WEIGHTS HERE
over the many years i have been weaving i have used S hooks, fishing weights, film canisters with coins forks etc etc to weight warps but these are such a  connivence and the variable weight washers  that you can custom add or subtract from the hooks is sooo well designed ! i have used 6 of them already! makes those loose warps behave fast!  


another new accessory that i can not live without is the ASHFORD 6 CONE YARN STAND /HOLDER HERE WHEN I AM WEAVING CLASPED WEFTS OR WINDING BOBBINS I HATE IT WHEN MY CONES OR TUBES FALL OVER OR ROLL AROUND CATCHING OTHER THREADS ON CONES AND SOON I HAVE ROYAL MESS. NOT ANY MORE!
i love that there is no seam in metal hooks or pigtails to catch! such a well designed cone stand ! i have two in the studio now , indispensible!


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students have been asking for these  WEAVING COMBS that  i use in my classes for years .finely i am able to offer them to you. they are wonderful! craftsman made egonomic cherry weaving combs here
 2 sizes with a nice pointed tail.





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close up of the Saori ch60 A-2 loom


  the metal rail it raises my Favorite model loom up. you can also buy the rail to adapt your current ch60 loom separately peddle beam for Saori ch60 loom base only here



peaceful weaving in redwoods
Jill Nickolene Sanders
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the saori cone winder attachment that fits on the bobbin winder

















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