Summer and Winter at Rug Weaving Summer School

Once again, Summer School  at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria was a great learning experience and a highlight of my summer.

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Don’t you love the colours? Yarn from Velieris

This year’s theme was Summer and Winter. I  got going early with dressing my loom, using a supplied warp that had three (?) crosses in it. The early start was a good thing as I found that (more) rust had developed on the metal bars that hold the heddles. I’m sure those bars have a name. Don’t know what the name is, though. If you do, leave a comment.

The rust looked unattractive and stopped me moving the heddles easily. Tinkerer gave some furniture wax to treat the bars with and that helped. Now all I need is some way to clean up the reed, which is also a bit rusty.

The rug yarn was a beautiful colour and quality, tightly plied and perfect for the task. It came to me via a beautiful act,  a random act of kindness from my fellow blogger over at Reduce reuse recycle who was given the rug yarn samples by Velieris. She didn’t have a use for rug yarn and offered it to me, even bringing it around to my home on a hot day when there were crazy roadworks in my area. Thank you cheliamoose.

Before class I wove a heading and had a play with a pattern. It wasn’t looking right and it took me embarrassingly long to work out I should be weaving with two shuttles. This picture from Nutfield Weaver helped.

I’ll post pictures of my class samples when I’ve cut them off the loom. I might also show you my loom transport solution and the fold up loom table that Tinkerer made for me.

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2 responses to “Summer and Winter at Rug Weaving Summer School

  1. So do you do classes regularly there? I love the set up they have with the library and display space!

    • I have done summer school with Gerlinde Binning for the last three years and will continue as long as she’s teaching anything, as her knowledge is so extraordinary. It suits me that it’s an intensive couple of days, rather than weeks worth of two hour lessons. You’re right, it’s a good set up, especially the library which must be close to unique in the quality of the collection.

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