Sue Anne Sullivan

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  • in reply to: Thoughts on 5.2.2 – Intro to Canvas Weave #198348
    Sue Anne Sullivan
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      Excellent! This was a site I checked earlier today and they had no copies. Proof you need to check and double check sources!

      in reply to: Thoughts on 5.2.2 – Intro to Canvas Weave #198336
      Sue Anne Sullivan
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        I have only woven a few lace structures- Huck and Swedish- and LOVE them. (The first huck I ever wove was using Jane’s huck tea towels kit and I went on to design huck scarves, placemats, etc.) So this morning when I first started watching this lesson, I paused the video and immediately searched online for a copy of Jane’s beloved Handwoven Laces book. I looked in some used book stores online and they were either out of stock or the book was EXTREMELY expensive. Then I found a copy in good condition (used, of course) through Amazon for only $34.  That said, I just checked again and tonight Amazon is offering used copies from $64 to $119.

        So— if you are interested in finding it…. start stalking your favorite used book sources and find a reasonable price!

        in reply to: Tencel and selvedges #180392
        Sue Anne Sullivan
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          Update- I am using a double floating selvedge and so far so good on the selvedges, but wow, I am SO not enjoying the slipperiness of tencel. 🙁 Initially my warp and weft were both tencel. I was not at all happy with the way the weft slipped around and how hard it was to get an even beat from pick to pick.The tiniest tiniest difference in pressure or due to advancing the warp and the tension not being EXACTLY the same showed up in a big (and unattractive) way. So I started over and switched out the weft to 5/2 cotton. I will continue for awhile to see how this goes. Is there a certain kind of weave structure that is best for tencel? Plainweave only, maybe?

          in reply to: Releasing tension while away from loom #179707
          Sue Anne Sullivan
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            Thanks, Sandra! I am weaving with Bombyx silk for the first time and am finding that it is fuzzing and abrading quite a bit, so am being extra cautious with the warp. 🙂

            in reply to: Tencel and selvedges #179705
            Sue Anne Sullivan
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              Ed, Have you tried using double floating selvedges with tencel? Does that work? I just got some lovely black and gold tencel I was planning to use for a Wall of Troy scarf for my stepmom for Christmas but a slip of paper with a bunch of warning tips arrived with the tencel yarn from Yarn Barn (yikes!) and I am getting a bit nervous about using it. I would prefer not to use the monofilament unless I really have to.

              Sue Anne

              in reply to: Season 2, Episode 4 – Colour and Weave Gamp #175669
              Sue Anne Sullivan
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                My daughter loved one of the squares in my Colour and Weave gamp (DDDD/LLLL on DD/LLL) so I designed this scarf around it (using Fibonacci, of course.) She helped choose the colors from my JST sample cards. Jagger Spun superfine merino 18/2 in Navy, Chamois and Pumpkin. It was my first time weaving with wool and I was a bit nervous to wet-finish it but it came out well, I think.A0E764F2-3737-4F0C-A16F-E43DB0756EA2

                in reply to: Thoughts on 2.4.2 – At the Loom #169823
                Sue Anne Sullivan
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                  The way I ensure that I don’t put my warp on the loom backwards is this: When I put the first loop onto the first post, I attach a small light-colored yarn piece to the loop. When I tie my last loop onto a peg, I attach a small dark-colored yarn piece to that loop. Then at the loom when I am attaching the warp to the rod that attaches to the back apron rod, I always know which end loop  is which and where it should go on the rod. I may use different marker yarns each time, but I always know that my lighter yarn marks the beginning of the warp and my darker yarn marks the end of my warp.

                  in reply to: Question about Texsolv Heddles #164937
                  Sue Anne Sullivan
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                    Thanks for the advice. I contacted both the Schacht Company and also the Lunatic Fringe Yarns company (as they sell Texsolv heddles for use with the Baby Wolf, along with other looms.) I thought I would post their advice here in case anyone else ever wonders the same thing. Ultimately, I think I am going to keep my metal heddles for now. The noise is not really too loud, and I was more concerned with the metal heddles possibly fraying fragile yarns. But if I do end up finding that is ever a problem, I will cross that bridge at that time.

                    Advice from Schacht: “We don’t encourage use of texsolv heddles on the Baby Wolf because of the weight issue. You would definitely need to use the treadle aid and also possibly weight the harnesses further. The correct texsolv to use is HR8011P 9” Brown. You would definitely be trading noise and ease of use, to quiet and a bit of struggle from what I have heard, but of course, the choice is yours.”

                    Advice from Lunatic Fringe Yarns: Thank you for your question about Texsolv heddles.  As you have heard from online advice, Texsolv heddles have their pluses and minuses.  I have metal heddles on a baby wolf loom and texsolv on an AVL loom, so I appreciate the features of both.  On a big loom, they really are important for my knees as I lift the harnesses as the texsolv heddles do significantly reduce the weight of the harnesses. They are quieter and significantly lighter so when you are weaving, they make things go smoothly which can be a very nice feature.  I find them slightly more cumbersome to thread and they don’t slide on the harness frames like metal heddles.  So, it really is a trade off.  You should ask yourself if the noise of weaving is bothersome enough to keep you from enjoying your time at the loom.  If the answer is yes, then they would certainly be worth the little extra attention when threading.  If you have issues with sticky harnesses after installing them, that is a separate issue that needs to be addressed.  Like cleaning the metal channels, using steel wool on the harness frames, checking to make sure that your loom is square.”

                    in reply to: Question about Texsolv Heddles #164799
                    Sue Anne Sullivan
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                      Hi, I have a new 8/10 Baby Wolf loom and love it for the size and portability. I find the metal heddles okay, easy to thread, but noisy while weaving. Also I worry about abrasion of delicate yarns with some setts. I am thinking about replacing the metal heddles with Texsolv heddles. Has anyone here done that? I have read various opinions online and they range from saying “Yes! Do it!” to “No, don’t do it, it will mess up the weight of the shafts.”  I have come to be cautious of weaving advice online (unless it comes from JST. ) 😉

                      Anyone have any words of wisdom? Thanks.

                       

                      in reply to: Thoughts on 7.2 – Understanding the Count System #164412
                      Sue Anne Sullivan
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                        I could never find an explanation of the difference between 2/10 and 10/2 yarns and here it is! No difference! Just depends on where you live, they are the same thing. Sweet. Confusing…. but sweet. 😊

                        in reply to: Look where we all live & Introductions #164406
                        Sue Anne Sullivan
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                          Thanks for the welcome, Sandra! I have checked around previously for guilds and we have many good ones in the area but unfortunately they are all too far away to make much sense for me on a regular basis. The closest would be Seattle, however their meetings are during the day on Thursdays, and I work full time. Maybe someday I will help start a Seattle area Eastside guild (Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue.)

                          Sue Anne Sullivan
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                            diamonds and arrows scarf

                            I recently finished this Diamonds & Arrows scarf in 5/2 bamboo. This was my first piece after reading Jane’s advice for good selvedges and I could not believe the difference the weaving sequence made!! 🙂 Throw, beat and leave, change shed, return to castle, throw…..

                            Sue Anne Sullivan
                            Participant

                              Hi- I have a new Baby Wolf and I am a new weaver but this is what I know about this.

                              In the middle of each shaft there are two metal clips, one at the top and one at the bottom, holding the heddle bars in place. The heddles are threaded onto the top and bottom bars. If you want to move heddles to the other side, you just need to unclip the metal heddle bar clip, move the heddles you want to move, and then reattach the clip. (I have been cautioned against leaving the clip “un-clipped” by an experienced weaver, who said it can cause the shaft to catch on another shaft.) The way you unclip the clip, by the way, takes just a bit of practice – you sort of push up (or down) on the roundish piece while pulling the bar out and away from the clip. Be careful not to pinch yourself! 😉 Then just reverse to reattach.

                              I have learned to try to figure out how many heddles I will need on each shaft and start with those in the center when I begin threading. Then I check to be sure the threads are coming through straight and centered and try to move the heddle clips if I need to before I sley.

                              in reply to: Look where we all live & Introductions #164323
                              Sue Anne Sullivan
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                                Hi- I am so happy to be joining this guild! I am a new weaver: I began weaving on frame looms last summer, started on a borrowed Woolhouse 4-shaft table loom in December and about six weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive one of the last 8/10 Baby Wolfs before Schacht had to close for awhile due to COVID19. I am thrilled to be getting to know my new Baby. I am starting my weaving journey at age 64 after many, many years of exploring other visual and fiber art forms and it feels like a perfect fit for where I am right now in my life. I was lucky to have a great start with a couple of lessons from a local weaving teacher here in Western Washington, and am also lucky to be learning now from Jane. There is so much weaving joy ahead. I discover something new every time I sit at the loom! I would love to connect with other weavers virtually and hopefully someday in person with weavers in this area, particularly on the “Eastside” (ie across Lake Washington from Seattle.)

                                Sue Anne

                                 

                                 

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