A Stash of a Different Kind

Just what I needed. Weaving has given me the opportunity to start a yarn stash as well as a fabric stash.

cones of yarn for sale at the handweavers and spinners sale

A table full of warp yarns

The Victorian Handweavers and Spinners Guild had their biannual (I think) yarn sale last weekend. I went along and brought home a couple of cones of yarn for warps (one pure wool, one a blend), an unwanted chain of cotton warp for a rag rug and some soft and blue knitting wool for a scarf weft. It was all extremely well priced so I felt I could take some risks. A friendly shopper next to me passed on a couple of tips on what not to buy, as did the lady who took my money.

What not to buy is cones of light coloured wool that have dirt or stains on top. I was told the marks often won’t wash out. I see it in the same terms as not eating the yellow snow. [Frank Zappa had something to teach us all.]

61 end warp on the warping board

My First Warp

In weaving class we’re using Bendigo Woollen Mills 3-ply for our warps. I was one of the last to pick from the yarns available to the class and I ended up with some blue, some pink and some white. These would not have been my first choices but as this is just a learning piece it probably won’t matter that it’s ugly. In fact it probably would have been ugly with or without more appealing warp colours. It’s my first weaving project after all.

My class loom isn’t fully dressed yet. That should happen next week and I expect it will be hard work to get that done. After that I’m looking forward to seeing what can be accomplished with a four shaft loom. At home I’ll be practising using my two shaft loom. The working yarn blog has given me some inspiration about the possibilities.

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11 responses to “A Stash of a Different Kind

  1. It is good to have a hobby … or two.

  2. I will watch with interest.

    • It’s been fun so far. Only problem is weaving creates a need for a whole lot more specialist equipment – to join my jeweller’s tools (treasured but currently not in use), my pottery tools (same story) and my mosaic supplies. I’m becoming resigned to having a lot of interests and too many tools. My beloved is an enabler – he has agreed to make me a warping board.Nice problem to have, in may ways.

  3. I started weaving with a rigid heddle loom and advanced to a floor loom. Have fun!

  4. Weaving is my next new hobby. Just waiting for some extra time and money. I can’t wait to see what you get up to.

    • Good luck with that goal. My loom was inexpensive as the owner wanted to find it a new home where it would be used. I’m happy with the idea of starting in a simple way and then upgrading to a more sophisticated loom if it proves to be a winner. I do recommend taking a class if there’s one available in your area – it really speeds up your learning curve.

  5. Wow, I could have written this blog. I started weaving last September and continue this learning journey, bought a used floor loom from a friend of mine. The stash thing is where it really hits home. I’m a quilter (so you know the problem there), but also do many, many other crafts. Too much stuff too little time. I’m picking up a rug loom at the end of the week with the idea that a lot of that fabric will be woven into rugs. I have to do SOMETHING!

    • Thanks for commenting and congrats on the rug loom. I can’t wait to get my floor loom warped and in use. As for using up the stash, I plan to keep on quilting, though maybe a little less ferociously, though I have at least one ‘what was I thinking’ fabric that I will sacrifice for a rug. On the plus side, I have now stopped buying quilting fabric entirely. It helps if I just don’t set foot in the fabric shop, I find.

      • So true. My quilting days have run their course (years of it). I have my stash and my mother’s. I do not set foot in fabric stores of any kind at this point. Of come to terms with my disease. I have enough of everything to keep busy for at least another 40 years – no lie. Yet I can’t bring myself to give it away or sell it. I look at some of it and think about what the next project could be.

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