Thursday, 30 September 2010

Oh what a beautiful morning.....

Well, the sun is shining, the sky is blue (over 50% of it anyway!) and I'm raring to go.  At least I would be if I had calculated the yardage of thick ends for my Hobbit Linen.  As it is, I've got 16 sections sitting on the warping mill and am sitting in the house furiously treadling away on the wheel twisting up enough for the final 18 sections.
Sorry no pictures today - pc in slo-mo mode so don't have time to wait for eternal uploading.
Second sewing class at Tweeds with Style in Drinnishader on Tuesday evening went interestingly.  Turns out my sewing machine was horribly clogged up with bits - understandably since I've never cleaned it.  And my needle was blunt.  Fortunately the problem was sorted out quickly and I now know the bits to unscrew and where to dust inside to keep it bright and shiny.  Also turns out that I can sew in a straight line - bit of a surprise there.  Homework this week is unpicking everything we did at class and sewing it in again.

Another bit of interesting news is that I heard Sallie Jayne Avis - the bridal wear designer and maker from Ness has used the white herringbone linen which I wove for her last year - it is now a lovely bridal coat incorporated with frilly drapy bits and beads.  It looks just gorgeous.  Join Sallies Facebook and see on page 3 of the photos "Scalpay Linen".  It is so amazing to see our cloth being used - it really brings it alive. 

3 comments:

Joanne B Kaar said...

Hi,
I'm back home after my travels! Do shout when you have a bag of linen bits for papermaking and I'll arrange collection.

Cheers
Joanne Sheila,

Scalpay Linen said...

Hi Joanne, Hope you enjoyed your travels. Have a small bag of bits so far, but judging by the pigs ear I'm making of the current warp, there should be plenty later! Will let you know when it is ready to pick up. Sheila

dancingbeastie said...

As an inveterate Tolkien buff, I am very excited about your Hobbit weaving. A few years ago I bought an 'elven' scarf for my husband at the Country Living fair in Glasgow: it was woven in New Zealand by the people who wove the cloaks for the hobbits and elves in the Lord of the Rings movies. The weave is 70% Stansborough Gotland wool, from their own flock, and 30% angora, with a subtle, sinuous pattern through it. I hope we will see a sneak preview of yours eventually?!