Sunday, 27 April 2008

Prize for Viceroy A&S Competition

This is the weaving project that I'm actively working on, I have about other projects going that I've not touched in far too long! This project has a deadline, Viceroy Tourney! I have warped about 4 yards of this. I intend to give this weaving as the prize for the A&S Competition at Viceroy. I would like to have three prizes over all. One for the person with the highest overall score, one for the outgoing Vicereine's choice and one for the incoming Vicereine's choice.
I'd like to read comments regarding whether or not 2 yards of weaving would be useful for most people. I think it would be nice to have this be the prize for the Viecreines' choices. Then I would just need one other prize for the highest score. Any donations would be appreciated! I'm also looking for small things that the populace can "award" to their top choice.
UPDATE: I have 27" woven so far! If I weave until the the warp needs to be moved each night, I will just get this finished in time!
Now I just have to get my handout for the class edited, and printed! Then I'll be ready for the event.
Thanks in advance for your help,

Friday, 25 April 2008

Welcome New Member!

I've been quite remiss in updating our membership!
We have one new member. Please join me in welcome Lady Melisende Fitzwalter! I know we will all enjoy seeing her upcoming projects!


Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Rigid heddle tension

Just been looking at Siubhan's blog - the answer to your "can I take the rigid heddle weaving off the loom?" is "don't worry".
I have woven a couple of braids that were really too wide for my loom, so the unwoven warp kept falling off the shed sticks and mucking up the tension. So I just unwound a bit, evened it up and then rewound it. The braid I am currently weaving is not only too wide but has a cotton warp that has absolutely no forgiveness in it - I have had to unwind it several times and reattach it to the apron - and I can see that I will probably have to do it again.
So if when you take the braid off the loom the tension goes wonky, just even it out and reattach it to the apron - this is much easier if you have someone to help you by holding the other end. And as it looks like you are using a wool warp it will probably have enough forgiveness that you won't need to reattach it completely
By the way, the braid looks georgeous :-)
PS If any of this doesn't make sense - email me

Sunday, 20 April 2008

More Sleeve Progress

I've finally completed one border! I now need to draw in the ivy, fill the middle and then do the second border! I had hoped to have this finished for Viceroy Tourney, which is about a month away. I also need to get some rigid heddle weaving done for prizes for the A&S Competitions at Viceroy. I seriously doubt that I will be able to get both projects done in time! I still have a bit of hope though. I am very pleased with how this is turning out so far. I think it will be a very good representation of my work!

Sunday, 13 April 2008

My Progress

Well I am still working on the second sleeve, for the blue linen dress! I have one complete row of red swirls done and two yellow swirls completed, with the third on nearly complete. The red swirls went really quickly as I completed approximately two per night over the course of two weeks, obviously I had to take a few nights off! Once the red were finished, I quickly started on the yellow. However almost a month has passed between finishing the first yellow swirl and now! The good news is that I did finish the second swirl and much of the third.
I'm hoping to finish at least the third swirl, perhaps the fourth this evening before taking off on vacation tomorrow. I also need to get my next weaving project warped this evening, with Siubhan's help! This will make 4 weaving projects and the embroidery project going at once! I'm not sure what happened. I was very focused on Odo's black diamond twill fabric for several months. Then I noticed that I had missed a broken thread in the warping. When I fixed it, I caused several tension problems. It took me several weeks to get those sorted out, since then I've not been back to that loom.
This is in part due to the fact that, I also started my first tapestry weaving project, the embroidery, and the stress the tension issues caused! Siubhan and I are also working on learning tapestry weaving from Nancy Harvey's video, which is fabulous! All in all, I suppose I am making good progress on the embroidery, especially in comparison to the twill fabric!
As for weaving project No. 4, I am sponsoring my first A&S Competition as ID A&S Minister at Viceroy. For that I hope to weave some prizes for entrants, that is what this project will be. This should also be the first rigid heddle weaving I complete! I'm looking forward to finishing my first project in this medium and hope finishing this project (which must be done by 17 May) will kick start my future progress on the diamond twill. I hope to finish this blue sleeve by then, so I can debut the dress at Viceroy!
OK that was a bit wingy, but I hope you'll forgive me! I hope to see posts from others about how their projects are going and what they have on their to do lists! If you need help figuring out how to post here, let me know!

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Call for a Volunteer

Well we have a substantial membership now! In order to better utilize this group, I would like to hear from anyone who is willing to be the first Group Head. I have many other projects I would like to facilitate during my time as ID MoAS and as such do not have time to volunteer for this myself. I would like to have someone who has time to dedicate to recruiting new members, organizing Group Challenges, organizing Group Displays at major events, as well as, the normal reporting duties. I will of course be happy to help who ever ends up in this position. When considering whether or not you have time for these responsibilities, please remember that you do not have to do all this yourself. For example if you can't come up with an idea for a Group Challenge you can solicit ideas from our membership!

I would like to have several names to put forward at our first meeting. I, as acting Group Head, propose that we hold our first meeting at May Viceroy Tourney!

If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail me privately.

Jahanara Vivana, Incoming ID Minister of Arts & Sciences