Weaving Winingas

Getting ready to thread the heddles



86 threads, 12 yards long
Jagger Spun Maine Line thread in colour “Shale” for the warp
Jagger Spun Maine Line thread in colour “French Blue” will be the weft

I’m going to do a leaf pattern on them – a twill from “A Handweaver’s Pattern Book” by Marguerite Davison’s book – page 9, pattern #35.  Well, I’ll try it out, see how it looks, and if I don’t like it, I’ll pick something else.  I’ll post the final pics when I’m done.

Puttered around putting it on the loom – would have been done yesterday afternoon, but for being online, messing around.  Also, my kids were running a garage sale today, and I was transplanting more cherry tomatoes and some more strawberries (the local grocery store has a “greenhouse” every spring, and sells the last few plants at huge discounts, so if they survive, bonus!).

But it’s partially on the loom, and I’ll get the heddles threaded tonight, and then I’ll start weaving them.  Since it’s only going to be 4″ wide, it’s going to go FAST!!  But it is 12 yards – I figure with the width I’ll be weaving about 2 yards or more an hour (barring thread breakage) – so I’ll be done in 4-6 hours.  Then I’ll full them (wash in hot water to shrink them), and then cut the two apart and finish the ends.  I should have them done for the weekend to give to Grimm.


Tying up the treadles is always a pain in my rear shoulders.

Wow, my craft room looks filthy from this angle.  Gonna have to pull out the vacuum when I’m done this project.


The start of the weaving.  I decided I didn’t like the original pattern I chose, so I decided to go with Pebble Weave from the same book, page 5, design 8.  I know it looks kinda crummy right now, but that always happens at the start of a weave.  Once I get my groove on, it’ll go much smoother, my tension will equalize, and the selvages will look AWESOME!!


Dog on The Loom

For those who don’t know me (which is pretty much everyone), I am a weaver.  I’m also a quilter, as you’ve seen on this blog in the past.  

I am currently working on a Tolkien Quilt – this will incorporate Lord of the Rings blocks as well as blocks from The Hobbit, and should I ever read any of Tolkien’s other works, probably stuff from them as well.

But to the title of this post…I am a weaver.  I also spin my own wool.  No, it’s not really that incredible.  It’s therapeutic, if you ask me.  I can sit and spin, and it calms me.  I can sit and weave, and things that seem troublesome disappear and/or become manageable.

Sometimes tho, a Dog on The Loom appears and it doesn’t matter how much you struggle with it, chastise it, yell at it, shed tears over it, plead with it, or whatever else you do with something/someone you are frustrated with, a Dog on The Loom just sits there like a lump and refuses to listen.

Once you have spent that much time (a year) spinning the thread to weave into something beautiful, you really want it to work.  But this shawl I was making (did I mention I spent a year spinning the thread – on and off, admittedly) became a Dog on The Loom.  It started almost immediately, and I thought it was just the way I had threaded the heddles, perhaps it was too tightly woven, perhaps the tension was too much/too little.  Nope.  It didn’t matter what I did, it was not working.  The handspun thread that I was using for the warp literally shredded on the loom.  I should have used it as the weft, I know that now, but at the time I was determined it was going to be the warp.

Oh well, live and learn.  I now know many more things about this self designed project, and after a year of avoiding weaving completely, I have decided to get back into it, with a simple little project for a friend.  He needs a pair of winingas (aka wikelbanders, puttees).  You see, I also belong to a medieval re-enactment group, and my friend is portraying an Anglo-Saxon, and he needs these leg wraps.  I’ve made them before, and I like weaving them.  They are simple to set the loom up for, are fast to weave, and relaxing.  So a good “back at it” project for me to come back to weaving.

Wish me luck.

Machine Gun Preacher

I have to agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of the movie

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Do you think those kids ever give up? Get off your butt, stop crying and build it again!

Starring Gerard Butler who is known mainly for his role in the epic movie 300 (also The Bounty Hunter alongside Jennifer Anniston, Olympus has Fallen and voiced Stoick in How to train your dragon.)

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the story of Sam Childers who Butler plays.  Sam Childers is an ex Outlaw Motorcycle Club member who is leading the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) which is lead by the Human Rights criminal Kony.


(the real Sam Childers)

Early in the movie, Sam’s wife Lyn and young daughter Paige start attending church and after an incident where Sam kills a man and his best friend nearly overdoses on drugs he himself decides to give church a go.  This is a life changing move for Sam as during…

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Outreach Graduation 2014

I am at the Grad for the outreach school I work at. I could not be prouder of these young people. We have 135 grads this year. Each of them, at one point or another, were told they would never amount to anything. Well, these successful Graduands certainly proved society wrong. And I am celebrating them as we speak!!!!!!!

A little bit frustrated, and a lot bit annoyed

I work as a secretary in an Outreach Program with the local school board.  I am so frustrated by some of the stories the kids tell. 

Today, I overheard one brand new student talking to one who has been here for a while, and they had very similar stories.

Basically, a while ago, a teacher told the brand new student that she “would never armount to anything, so why <was she> even in here?” – I’m guessing meaning the class that she was in at the time.

I realize some teachers use this as a motivational “get your act together” kinda speech, but do they have ANY idea how damaging to their students self esteem this comment is?  I hear it over and over again from students year after year.  Yes, some students take it a drive to succeed, but there are an equal amount that take it as “Yeah, why bother, they are right”.  And then they go slash someones tires, or spraypaint someone’s property, or hurt someone (or worse yet, hurt themselves).

So, teachers out there, CUT IT OUT!!!  You spend more time in a student’s life than their own parents do.  You influence them, and can mean a difference.  Your words count – make them  good ones.

Godzilla review – spoiler alert

Well, Japanese monster levels an American city with (Mothra?’s) help. Basically that’s the synopsis and while it was visually incredible with lots of special effects and tons of explosions, it was also quite predictable, even for the neophyte Godzilla movie person (namely me).

I took both my kids (hubby is out of town and I wanted to see a movie and X-Men was sold out by the time we got there). The teen girl was bored and the pre-teen boy was even more so. He kept asking for food (we ate in the food court at Cross Iron Mills Mall, but had no popcorn so he was STARVING).

Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed. It left me hanging in places, yet tied up too many loose ends for a nice clean ending. And the monster as hero in the end is SUCH a cliche ending. I give it a 4.5 out of 10.