Rhoda Kennell

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  • in reply to: Thoughts on 10.2 – Fulling Mohair Scarf #197416
    Rhoda Kennell
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      Amazing how much you learn from these videos! I wove a mohair scarf on my rigid heddle loom since my floor loom had another project on it and I wanted to quickly weave some mohair before I forgot or chickened out.  So I did give it a go and then I washed it before I saw the video on finishing it.  I was far too gentle, so after watching this video, I went back and gave it a good fulling. I was amazed at how much it expanded.  I also gave it a good brushing and this is such a soft, soft scarf! The green yarn was just mohair, no extra binders, so it was more of an open weave than the blue, which had silk with it, but it still is SO snuggly!  I was afraid to felt it, but this video assured me that felting was a good thing for mohair! Thanks for giving me the confidence to do this!  The fringes are not the nicest because I ended up drying the scarf after the first wet finishing, so they didn’t want to brush out well after the 2nd washing. But I’m still happy with my first try with Mohair.

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      in reply to: What do you have on your loom? Share your FOs & WIPs #197406
      Rhoda Kennell
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        Here’s one more–I watched the mohair videos of  Season 1 but my loom still has another project on it, so I decided to make a Mohair scarf on my rigid heddle loom while the lesson was still fresh in my mind. It is SO snuggly soft!  I am in now in love with Mohair and I hope to make some double-weave blankets on my floor loom. I goofed on the ends, not brushing them out while wet since I did them before watching the finishing video, but I still love the softness and color of the scarf!  I used 2 different kinds of mohair, simply because it was all I could find at a local yarn shop and I wanted to get started right away. 🙂 The green yarn had no extra binder yarns, so it was a bit thinner, hence the more open weave with the green warp.  I doubled the green when I used it in the weft. Lots of room for improvement, but I’m still happy I gave it a go, even on my rigid heddle loom.  20210217_104918

        in reply to: What do you have on your loom? Share your FOs & WIPs #197403
        Rhoda Kennell
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          This is my first project on my new-to-me Mighty Wolf loom that I got in December.  I started this project before signing up for Jane’s classes, so I can tell there are some things I would definitely do differently, but I am still happy with the results. The variegated yarn is some of my own handspun yarn; the tan is camel/silk, and the weft is a purple alpaca. I think it is a bit stiff, but I wonder if I need to give it another good washing and see if that softens it a bit. Also I do wonder after watching “Division of Space” if maybe the epi/ppi balance isn’t good enough for a twill. I just wanted to get started on my loom, so I designed it, warped it up and took off! I really did have fun with it!

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          in reply to: Look where we all live & Introductions #197402
          Rhoda Kennell
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            Hello, My name is Rhoda and I live in central IL, about 3 hours south of Chicago (yes, there is way more to IL than Chicago!!).  We are farmers and literally are surrounded by corn fields (or soybean fields on alternating years).   I love anything related to fiber and have been knitting and crocheting for years. About 4 or 5 years ago I took up spinning and then about a year ago, right before covid happened, I purchased a used rigid heddle loom and it was my lifesafer during lockdown, since I’m a social person and hate staying home all the time. Learning weaving online made the hours literally fly by, especially once my part-time work at home job was ended in the middle of last year as well and I had a lot more spare time on my hands. I would have driven my poor husband crazy had I not had something like this to focus on. It was a great way to learn the basics of weaving!

            So when I approached him in December of 2020 about the purchase of a lovely used Schacht Mighty Wolf (4-shaft), he actually agreed to it. He encourages my creativity and decided it was a good thing to spend on. He keeps joking about a pay raise for me since I keep the books for our farm and his side business (I don’t get paid), so I always reassure him I’m getting paid (in yarn and classes and looms, etc.).

            I signed up for this Online Guild in January and it’s been a lifesaver for me in several ways–I’m learning the basics of floor loom weaving before developing bad habits, hopefully.  Also, I watch the videos while on the treadmill. It gives me something to look forward to when I need to get daily exercise and can’t go outdoors! So it’s been a real blessing to have these lessons. I’ve worked my way through Season 1, weaving a couple of my own projects, including a scarf I designed using some of my handspun yarn and some commercial yarn.  I now have some kitchen towels on the loom, but my next project is 2 double weave Shetland blankets for a wedding gift. My loom is only 36″ wide, so I’ve jumped ahead and watched some of the double weave lessons. I’m eager to give that a try!!

            I am so thankful for these online classes. Even if we didn’t have lockdown (which is starting to be lifted a bit), there aren’t any yarn stores closer than 2 or 3 hours away that carry weaving classes or supplies, so I am SO grateful for the Internet!  Jane, your teaching style is so fun; it makes me want to learn everything I can and I feel like I’m sitting at your feet just soaking it up! I appreciate that you’re making so many lessons for a 4-shaft loom as well. I hope to get a lot of “miles” out of my 4-shaft loom before buying an 8-shaft.    Thanks again for making these lessons available!!

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