Don't Stop Beweaving April 04 2014, 15 Comments

A few years ago I happened upon a sale being held by the Duluth Area Fiber Guild.  If you ever have a chance to attend a sale with the words 'fiber' and 'guild' in it run, don't walk - in fact hop on a high speed train and zoom there.

While I was there, I saw a ton of awesome yarn and fiber, met some incredibly knowledgeable people and then happened upon this:

I tell you, it was love at first sight.  I wasn't even sure what it was exactly, but I knew I needed it as much as it needed me. 

After learning a little more about it (Structo Artcraft loom, 1920s vintage, all wood and metal), I was sure it was fate that brought me to that sale.

So, I bought it and lugged it home.  My kids and husband were immediately as enamored with it as I was (no, really).  We all took turns trying it out, and my oldest son and daughter made some pretty sweet bookmarks. The only problem was that I was never brave enough to attempt to change the warp. 

I mean, look at it.  It kind of looks like a mid-century torture device, not an amazing machine with which I can craft my own fabric.  It still doesn't fail to amaze me that I CAN MAKE MY OWN FABRIC!!!  Anyway, back to being a chicken about changing the warp.  I totally was and still am.

Sarah to the rescue!!

Sarah knows things.  She can craft with a capital C.  She has a fantastic sense of humor and great taste in yarn.  She is going to be my partner in crime for The Great Beweaving of 2014.

We've narrowed down our choices for warp and weft, and are down to three:

From left to right: High Seas, Halcyon and Luau

We're also thinking of warping with Deep Blue Sea and wefting with Lysander or Mojito (I love the thought of weaving two different colorways together to make something new and completely awesome!).

So, take a deep breath, send a few encouraging thoughts our way, and stay tuned...