Monthly Archives: July 2016

“April pinked the earth with flowers”

This was my spring. A lot of flowers had a chance to bloom–my career, my sense of adventure…my love for my family.

I moved a thousand miles away, and nearer in that last respect. It takes a plane to visit my parents now, but my sister is practically my neighbor!  I thought I knew what city living was like, but Boston is a whole different speed for me. These days I take a commuter train in to work and nearly every morning it’s quieter than a library–50 people shuffling their shoulders in communal private time. Most people read on various screens but it’s given me time to make my quilt bloom as well.

Finding Treasures

The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

I enjoy roaming the aisles of used book stores.  Over the years I have found some amazing HandweaversWorkbookbooks for very little money.  Recently I came across a 1956 edition of A Handweaver’s Workbook by Heather G. Thorpe (originally published 1936, reissued in 1974).  Not surprising given its age, the book is hardbound, and the pages are printed on heavy acid-free pages. It is also in perfect condition, nary a pencil mark! What a find!

Browsing through it, I was impressed by its thorough yet not overwhelming approach to introducing weaving.  I learned some interesting facts I’ve not seen newer weaving survey books or learned in a weaving class.

Did you know (I didn’t!) that …

PorteeCrossThere are different names for crosses on warps made withe a paddle dependent upon their position:  The first cross at the end of a warp is called a porrey cross; the second cross is called…

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