Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blog moving....

Hey everyone!

I've decided to move my blog over to my website www.pattyannesplace.com

The actual blog address is... www.pattyannesplace.com/blog/

I hope that you'll join me there!

Today's post involves a little step back in weaving time for me (and maybe you too!)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I Am Now an Authorized Schacht Dealer!

I am excited. I'm putting the finishing touches (I hope) on my Weaving Website.
You can see it by going to www.pattyannesplace.com

Please let me know if you come across something that is not working!!

Ohhh.....here's a sneak-peek!! :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

OMG Look what I got at a YARD Sale!!

I'm sooo excited. I got this Mighty Wolf by Schacht at a YARD sale on Saturday when we were enroute to SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair). The owner of the loom had passed away and her daughter was selling it. The loom came complete with photos of the owner proudly weaving on it. Ahhh.... so sweet!

Monday, October 19, 2009

I Need Your Help! :)

I made this teeny tiny bag as a gift and now am STUMPED. I guess I should have thought this out first but unfortunately I didn’t so now…. what to do????

Does anyone know anything about the magnet closures? Is it too late to use them because they needed to be sandwiched between the weaving and the lining?

I Need help! :)

Let There Be Peace On Earth

I just have to ..... I just have to do it.... I just HAVE to put up one more video.
Here's why....

Next time you're watching the 6 o'clock news and the videos on the news are constantly showing kids at their worst --- hurting one another and/or breaking the law and you begin to wonder .... are all kids like this .... is there hope?? Flash back to this video.....

Again, kudos to the teacher who ts encouraging these kids!

Ohhh...and this one is for my sister, Jeannie!

OMG....There are sooo many I wanna share! I guess I should share the link and let you find the songs you LOVE!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Don't Stop Believing!

I am a former middle school science teacher (both 5th and 6th grades) and have always believed that getting the kids involved in something that they LOVED meant all the difference in their lives....

The theme song I used in my classes year after year after year was "Lean on Me". Basically I used the song to help kids learn to respect and accept one another. (I had no tolerance for belittling or bullying!) Everyday, at some point, we would crank up the tape player LOL and would all belt out the lyrics to our theme song because, after all, we ALL need someone to lean on!!

Anyway, here is a video that I came across on YouTube.

The teacher from the videos below says:
"I work with the PS22 chorus, an incredible bunch of NYC public school 5th graders in Staten Island! The chorus has performed all over New York, and have gained quite a following on the internet.

The PS22 Chorus was formed in the year 2000. We are an ever-changing group of 5th graders from a public elementary school in Staten Island, New York. We are NOT a school for the arts or a magnet program."

Kudos to this teacher!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Fix For Your Schacht Cricket Loom's Heddle

I found this heddle modification to be very helpful when I worked on patterns and textures on the Cricket Loom.

LMK if this helps!

Uhhhhhh ooooohhhhh .... I SHOULD be asleep -- it is 2:38 a.m. Maybe THAT is why I misspelled my own name in the link on the video!!?? It SHOULD have said:

**** Goodnight **** :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Weave a Scarf in a Day!

I am pumped. I am going to teach a rigid heddle class at Yes Yarn on November 14th.

Right now I'm busily making samples of the scarves that students will weave in ONE DAY!!

Here are the yarns we'll be using.... Aren't they GORGEOUS!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

I have the BEST son-in-law AKA SonnyBoy :)

A week ago Hassan (and my daughter, Alysia) were visiting AND Hassan drew up plans for a 'studio' for me AND he built it!!! It houses ALL my stuff... ALL OF IT!! YAY!

It is FANTASTIC!! I LOVE it.....

Here is one photo.... I may put up more later....seems for the last week I've had trouble writing on my blog BECAUSE I'm too busy playing in my studio!

Thanks again!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

An American Hero

I LOVE this!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Baby Blanket on Flip Loom

I've started a baby blanket on my 20" Flip Loom.

The blanket measures about 17 inches wide and about 8 feet long. I'm gonna cut it in half when done and then sew the two halves together making the blanket about 34" wide and maybe about 34"long.

I THINK I may sew some silky blanket binding on it when totally done. My kids always loved that silky edging.

So anyway, who is the baby blanket for?? No one... it's just a generic baby blanket for someone someday.

Hey... That reminds me of an old jumprope rhyme we used to say:

Fudge, fudge,
Call the judge.
Momma had a new born baby.
It isn't a boy
It isn't a girl
It's just an ordinary baby.
Wrap it up in tissue paper
Send it down the elevator,
First floor STOP.
Second floor MISS.
Third floor TURN AROUND.
Fourth floor TOUCH THE GROUND.
Fifth floor SKEDADDLE.

What the heck did all that mean??? LOL.
Just an ordinary baby??? Ummm... do tell..

Ok, here is the blanket in the works... for that 'ordinary baby'....

Friday, September 25, 2009

Finally.... a scarf woven with some of my handspun!

I bought this BEAUTIFUL hand-dyed Corriedale fiber from Caron at Freehaven Farm. I'll tell ya what...this fiber is RICH. I mean it... it is R.I.C.H. Love it, LOVE it!!

Anyway, I spun the yarn thick and thin so as to have lots of texture in my scarf.

I used my handspun as weft and Patton's Silk Bamboo for the warp.

I used my Cricket (8 dent heddle).

After weaving I gently washed the scarf in Eucalan and then put it out on the railing on my deck to dry. (I want it to dry quickly!)

PS. Do ya see my pup? She slept for about 20 minutes with her bone in her mouth. I have NEVER seen a dog sleep with her mouth half open and her bone hangin' out of it, have you?????

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yet another scarf done on Cricket Loom

The colors of this are a bit different in person... the reddish brown color is actually a light tan.

At first I HATED the way this scarf was turning out... I mean the plaid reminds me of a pant suit I had back in the early 70's. I was stylin' then ;) but I'm not so sure this plaid is stylin' now LOLLOL.

Well, as the weaving progressed I liked it more and more.... maybe my eyes were just getting used to it. BTW, hub said it looked like something his GRANDPA woulda worn. Thanks, hub.

Anyway, as time went on I thought...hmmmm...this scarf would look great with a brown turtle neck and blue jeans. Yep, it really would!! I hope the colors come through well enough that you can 'see' how that would 'work'. :)

Once again for this experiment, I've used cheap Hobby Lobby yarn.
8 dent heddle
Scarf width prior to weaving 6"
Scarf length prior to weaving 72"
This scarf from warp to finished product took less than 4 hours.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Clearance Yarn from Hobby Lobby Makes BEAUTIFUL Scarf

I bought some sale yarn at Hobby Lobby the other day and used it for both the warp and weft on my Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom. You can see the details in the photos below.

Oh, and the 'special' weave is Leno. (You can learn more about Leno in one of my previous posts.)

I haven't finished the fringe yet because I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with it.
Any suggestions??? :)

The scarf took about 3.5 hours to make from warping to cutting from loom.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Scarf made on Cricket Rigid Heddle

Here is a scarf that took about 4 hours to make from warping the loom to the hem stitch.

For this scarf I used (don't gasp LOL) some Vanna's Choice yarn from Hobby Lobby. Yes, it is 100% Acrylic.....

I love experimenting with ALL kinds of yarn!! No yarn snob here LOL.

Anyway, I used my 8 dent read. Warp: 48 ends approx. 80"long.

At either end of the scarf I have two Leno weaves.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Leno Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Ok, I don't know about you, but since I was taught using PHONICS when I was a little kid I woulda been taught to pronounce "Leno" as LEEEEE-no. (You remember, don't ya? You divide the word into syllables and if there is one vowel.....) So, anyway, I was all set to say LEEEE-no but then I thought, uh oh, what about Jay LEN-oh. Hmmmm how to pronounce...how to pronounce??? When in doubt, just go back and forth between the two - that's what I did LOL.

Anyhooo, this video will teach you how to do the LEEEE-no or the LEN-oh on your rigid heddle loom (I hope!).

Rigid Heddle Loom - Brooks Bouquet Pattern

I've created a new video showing how to do the Brooks Bouquet weaving pattern using a rigid heddle loom.

Love rigid heddle looms!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Today's Scarf - Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom

Today's scarf :) is being woven on my Cricket Loom. I am using the 10 dent heddle that I purchased this weekend. (The Cricket comes with an 8 dent heddle.) The scarf will be about 5 feet long and only 4 inches wide. I think it's gonna be a really pretty 'dressy' scarf. Hey, who knows.. I may just put some snazzy beads on the fringe!!

Anyhooo, I warped the loom with 100% mercerized cotton (50epi).

For the weft I'm using a really cool 100% rayon boucle yarn.

I LOVE the feel of this scarf. It is really a lot softer than it looks.
This is a GREAT, FAST way for me to use up STASH!!! Y'all oughta try it!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Today I wove a scarf that I LOVE!

I used my 20" Schacht Ridgid Heddle Loom for this scarf although I could have just as easily used the Schacht Cricket Loom.

For those of you who care about the gory details LOL - I used a 10 dent heddle. I warped 76 ends.

I had a bit of trouble along the way:

1. The 100% wet spun linen (warp) broke several times. Not the whole length of the warp but several plies.

2. I did something FUNKY with the sides of the weaving. It ended up looking like a design element but I have NO idea what I did wrong.

All in all, though, I LOVE how this scarf turned out.

Here are a few photos from the process (including a view of those torn warp pieces and the WEIRD selvages).

Friday, September 11, 2009

Our Meet-up (Knit, Spin, Weave Crochet!

If you're in our area.... C'mon and join us!!