May 10, 2017

Humourous Article from Interweave.com - Do People Misunderstand Your Weaving?



Do People Misunderstand Your Weaving?

 

Are you a weaver who gets no respect? Are you tired of people misunderstanding your weaving? You aren’t alone. Here are my top 10 reasons for believing the non-weaving world doesn’t get it. I bet there are many more. Send some to me!

    1. While I was demonstrating weaving at a county fair, a mother came by with two little kids. I was startled when I heard her tell the kids that I was knitting. I don’t like to correct parents in front of their children, so I bit my lip and tried to gently lead her in the right direction.
    2. An acquaintance of mine frequently asks me if I was still doing that “knitting thing.” I’ve run out of replies, besides “Yes, I knit, but I self-identify as a weaver.”
    3. People who use of the word “looming” to refer to weaving. Looming is a word—just not the word the user means.
    4. Likewise, the use of the word “weaving machine.” It’s a loom! You just don’t “loom” on it. You can loom over it, but that’s a completely different activity.
    5. People who say weaving looks too complex, too repetitious, too tedious, too whatever, for them to enjoy. (Really? What does that say about me?)
    6. Organizations that ask me to demonstrate weaving (for free!) and then expect me to wear a colonial costume. I don’t work at Colonial Williamsburg, with a closet full of period clothing. I did have a girl-crush on Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was eleven, but I have a cellphone, drive a car, use a computer, and have never lived without running water.
    7. Non-weavers who think using a computer as part of my design process is cheating. Do they think it’s cheating to use a word processor for writing?
    8. Friends and family who think the handwoven towel I gave them is too good for them to use. Why would I weave a towel that is too good to use? My response: “Use it or give it back. If it wears out, I’ll weave another.”
    9. Non-weavers who believe guilds are part of an antiquated system. Perhaps the system is old, but today’s guilds are one of the best things going. For a minimal fee, guild members get a year’s worth of interesting programs and workshops, community, and fun.
    10. People who tell me that they can buy what I make by hand on my loom, from a big box store. I’ve got news for them: they can’t.

Share your experiences of dealing with the non-weaving world. I’d love to hear them! Send them to Handwoven@interweave.com.
Weave well,
Susan

https://www.interweave.com/article/weaving/misunderstand-your-weaving/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=wt-tsa-nl-170510-friendship-towels-tintes-naturales&utm_content=942472_EDT_WT170510&utm_medium=email

April 07, 2017

Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Vendors Market will be open to the Public on Saturday May 6th.

OHS Vendors Open to the Public

Let us know if we can prepare an order for you to pick up on May 6th.

February 12, 2017

2017 Shows that we will be attending as Vendors

We have started booking our booth at shows for 2017.

Please let us know if we can bring a particular item or order to a show for you.

SCACA

10th Annual Celebration of Arts and Crafts

The Simcoe County Arts & Crafts Association (SCACA) presents this 10th annual celebration of Arts and Crafts at the Simcoe County Museum. Drop in for arts and crafts, displays and demonstrations by local artists, artisans and guilds. It's an opportunity to explore the arts and crafts of Simcoe County, pick up supplies, and sign up for classes.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
1151 Hwy 26, Midhurst, north of Barrie
Free!

 

 

Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival

Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival & Sale

The 7th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale will take place at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, (located by Fleming College) 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, Ontario
Saturday March 18, 2017
10:00 am until 4:00 p.m.
http://www.ptbo-hwsg.com/events/fibrefest-2016/

 

 Ontario Handweavers and Spinners

Ontario Handweavers’ & Spinners’ Conference 
May 5 – 7, 2017

Offering 3 days of Fibre Filled Emersion as you
Live, Learn, Shop & Socialize with other Fibre fans!
Seneca College - Newnham    404 & Finch Ave. E., Toronto
The Merchant Mall is open to the General Public on Saturday May 6th from 9:00.am until 5:00 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/OHSconference2017/

  

 Prince Edward County Fibre Fest

Prince Edward County First Annual Fibrefest 2017
Saturday May 27th, 2017

Dozens of diverse vendors carrying fibre, felted garments, hand dyed wool, fleece, yarns and so much more!

  • Classes in felting, spinning, knitting, button making, and more.
  • Visit fuzzy fibre friends including – alpacas, sheep, and rabbits.
  • Sheep shearing demonstrations.
  • Local food trucks.
    $5 admission. Children 12 & under free.
    9am to 6pm at the Picton Community Centre and Arena, Picton Ontario.

    http://fibrefest.ca/

Woodstock Fleece Festival 2017

Woodstock Fleece Festival 2017
Saturday October 14, 2017

  • Fibre artists and others
  • An atmosphere of appreciation, learning and camaraderie.
  • Workshops and demonstrations from top instructors. 
  • Vendors selling everything from raw fibre to quality finished goods.
  • Admission       Adults: $8.00 -  15 & Under: Free

http://www.fleecefestival.com/

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April 05, 2016

Etobicoke Handspinners and Weavers Guild’s 50th Anniversary event

The Etobicoke Handspinners and Weavers Guild’s 50th Anniversary event, being celebrated at Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke from April 25 to May 15. They are one of six resident groups at the Centre and feel the theme of inspiration and sustainability is currently very relevant and should inspire and spark the interest of many people.

The “50 Mile Coat” – local materials and hand crafted!

They started by attending the shearing and the fleeces are being prepared in readiness for the ensuing jobs. These will be carried out during the exhibit at the Centre by our Guild members and local spinning and weaving friends. We also welcome members of the public who wish to try their hand in whatever activity is evolving when they visit.

The Exhibition

The Main Gallery will show case the wonderful and diverse creations of our EHS members along with the work on the “Coat”.

The Hall Gallery will be a Juried Show of work by NPCC’s other 5 resident groups - the entries, in their chosen field, having been ‘inspired by’ pictures of a variety of EHS material or work, colour, design, texture, etc.


www.etobicokehandweaversandspinnersguild.com

www.neilsonparkcreativecentre.com

February 23, 2016

We are booked as Vendors for these 2016 Shows and Conferences


We've booked some shows for this year. 

Hopefully you will be attending one or two of them also.

Please come over and introduce yourself.  We look forward to the opportunity to meet our customers and to put a face to your name. 

Let us know if we can bring something special to the show for  you.

March 5, 2016
SCACA Celebration of Arts and CraftsSimcoe County Arts and Crafts Association: Celebration of Arts & Crafts Day
The Annual Celebration of Arts and Crafts at the Simcoe County Museum is a unique event for visitors to watch demonstrations of different arts and crafts. Demonstrations are hands-on allowing attendees the opportunity to try their hand at many different medias. It's also an opportunity for artists and craftspeople to purchase supplies, many of which are increasingly difficult to find. For 70 years the Simcoe County Arts and Crafts Association has been encouraging and sharing ideas in the arts and providing a market and showcase for their members. 
Simcoe County Museum, Midhurst
Admission is free
http://www.simcoecrafts.ca/event/28-default/29-scaca-event/2016/03/05/42-celebration-of-arts-and-crafts-2016.html

 

 

 



March 19,2016
Peterborough Hand-Weavers' and Spinners' Guild - Fibre Arts Festival & Sale 2016
Peterborough Hand-Weavers' and Spinners' Guild - Fibre Arts Festival & Sale 2016

The 6th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale will take place at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre,  (located by Fleming College) 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, Ontario.

It will take place Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/PeterboroughFibreArtsFestivalAndSale

 

May 14, 2016
Southwest Regional Conference
INTERTWINED, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
8:30 - 4:30
Keynote Speaker: William Hodge

St. David's United Church,
190 Springbank Ave.,
Woodstock, Ontario

 

May 27th to Sunday 29th, 2016

WASOON, The Weavers and Spinners Of Ontario North, is a collective of the various Fibre Arts guilds across Northern Ontario, Canada.

We have an amazing line up of workshops to fill the weekend, a new fun idea for breaking the ice at our opening reception on Friday, and a banquet and keynote presentation on Saturday to celebrate 60 years of weaving in the North.            

WASOON 2016 will run from Friday May 27th to Sunday 29th at College Boreal in Sudbury, Ontario.

http://wasoon.yolasite.com/

 

September 17, 2016
5 COUNTIES SEMINAR 2016

5 COUNTIES SEMINAR 2016

 

Spin Me A Yarn,
Weave Me A Tale

Come and explore a mix of inspiration and techniques.  Topics cover spinning, weaving, felting, and taking care of yourself. 

Something for everyone!

ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
54 Queen Street North, Kitchener

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

https://5countiesseminar2016.wordpress.com/

 

 

September 24, 2016
Central Regional Seminar


Central Regional Seminar – Toronto Science Centre

The Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers presents Keynote Speaker Becky Ashenden: My Nordic Journey at the 2016 Central Region Seminar. Becky is the owner and main instructor at Vävstuga Weaving School in Massachusetts, specializing in weaving in the Swedish tradition, www.vavstuga.com

Nordic-themed afternoon workshops for spinners and weavers!

http://toronto-guild-of-spinners-and-weavers.com/community-and-events/nordic-journeys/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEE YOU AT THE SHOWS !!!

 

 

September 13, 2014

Experimenting with Colcolastic

Our shipment of Colcolastic yarn from Venne arrived; so I just had to try it to see how it works.

I was impressed with the minispool, in that it fit into my shuttle and saved me from having to wind bobbins. The Colcolastic thread consists of two threads - a regular cotton thread with the fine lycra thread wrapped around it. I thought I could see trouble on the horizon.

 

I decided to use the active yarn in my weft only, for my first attempt.  I warped the loom with 20/2 mercerized cotton in a twill pattern.

I wove alternate pics of 20/2 mercerized cotton (light green) and the Colcolastic thread (dark green). It was easy to weave, the Colcolastic behaved no differently than the regular cotton.

Taken off the loom, the sample looked rather unremarkable. The magic is in the water – as they say.   When the sample was wet finished, the Colcolastic yarn came to life. The resulting piece was about 30% smaller than the original sample and has a stretch similar to a tensor bandage.

Now I am intrigued. I need to try this same weave with different spacing. I think an inch or two of regular cotton with 5-6 pics of the Colcolastic should give me a very different result. And then, I need to try it in the warp.  I’ll let you know how this works out for me.

back to Weaving in the ZONE - Ronnie

August 26, 2014

Upcoming 2014 Fall Events that Loomlust is attending

If you are attending any of these events and would like to pre-order your yarn, we will have it pre-packaged and waiting for you.

 

Tuesday September 2, 2014
We will be attending the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners Guild meeting, at the Neilson Park Creative Centre.

http://www.neilsonparkcreativecentre.com/index.php?lang=en .

 

Saturday September 20, 2014
We will have a booth at the 5 Counties Seminar at Eden United Church, located at 3051 Battleford Road, Mississauga, Ontario

http://fivecounties2014.wordpress.com/

 

Saturday October 4, 2014
We will be at the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners - Central Region Seminar at Black Creek Pioneer Village

https://sites.google.com/site/burrhousefiberarts/home/ohs-central-region-seminar-1

January 07, 2014

Big Announcement

Christmas holidays are over I hope everyone had a chance to get together with family and friends..

First off I would like to thank everyone for the positive feedback of our loomlust web site. It's much appreciated.
Our goal is to eventually fill all your weaving and fiber arts needs. Please be let us know if you have something you would like us to carry. We will see if we can fit it into our inventory plans.

Now my BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

I have just placed our first order for Swedish yarn. Customers have been asking us for Swedish yarns. Weavers like to work with the high quality yarns which are hard to find in Canada. So we have decided to fill the gap.

Our first order coming in is16/2 linen. This should arrive early next week and I will post it soon after on our web site.

If there  is a Swedish yarn you have been dreaming to work with, call or email us and we will try to get it for you. I have access to Bockens and Borgs yarns.

Don't forget I can also get any of the quality yarns from Venne. Check out the Venne web site if there is something you would like to try. I can add it to my next order to Venne.

Keep the shuttle flying.

Ronnie & Ben

 

 

October 22, 2013

Have you started your Christmas weaving projects?

The cotton in the Ice Blue photo is 8/2 Cotton from UKI.
The colours are:
Bleached - KPBLE
Copen Blue - KP47
Deep Royal - KP51

October 01, 2013

Loomlust is Open !!!!

This is it.  Day one. 

All the dreaming, and learning, and planning and work come to fruition today. 

The Loomlust online store is officially open

We are starting with baby steps and plan to grow as the market demands. 

We will use the blog to share our weaving adventures, aspirations and inevitable dogs (those nasty misbehaving threads) on the loom.

Today I have four floor looms on the go.  I am weaving a monks belt pattern (The Handweaver's Pattern Directory, Dixon, p 100) on one of the counterbalanced looms. I am planing to make Mug Cozies for Christmas.  I am using 8/2 cotton in a natural for the warp, (24 epi) and using a few different colours in the weft. I kept breaking threads at the beginning of the warp, and then seemed to get past that for a while.  Now I am nearing the end of the warp, and again the same threads are breaking. 

I can tell that the threads are being frayed by the heddles on other harnesses, but haven't been able to avoid the abrasion.  And I love the pattern, so I will just keep going and see if I can figure something out about the heddles before my next warp.

Here is a peek at the pattern that I am using. (Turquoise Weft and Blue weft...red is next)

   Blue Overshot Cosy

What's on your loom?
Ronnie