Monday, February 15, 2010

Looking pretty official...

don't you think it is beginning to look pretty official now? this is after HOURS and HOURS of stuff to get this far which included hangers as weights and separating the tangled mess more than once!

gosh i'm pathetic at this weaving stuff.

What a tangled mess ....

And THIS is what you get when you don't know what you are doing and manage to combine two methods of dressing the loom at the same time.

What a tangled mess I received
when first I attempted to weave!

More later but for now I do believe this says it all, eh?

denise/deBRAT who swore at the paper as it let go of its tape to the next section and dh told me to 'be nice" LOL if he only knew!

or perhaps he does because he managed to stay away from me when he knew i was in the room trying to "do my weaving".

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mathilda Mathilda you grey my hair!

Poor Mathilda, it appears she is going to be the broad sett of shoulders i lay all my weaving blame on! Afterall, if she came to me by mistake surely she is the cause of all mistakes i make in weaving!

and to think i even thought i might get to a bonding point with her where i start to call her effectionately tilde. HAH!

so i started off warpin with my Aunt Lydia's crochet thread (size 10) with no idea of length as it does not state on the ball.

yea i know, not what i should have gotten but the loom already set me back and I have got to start saving for parking for work.

I only want ot weave rag rugs from my tons of cotton fabric stash that is taking up space and weighing down my creative spark from guilt and lack of quilting inspiration for two years now!

anyway, i have learned that-

~one should always measure how many wraps to the inch
=finding out that 40 wraps makes ONE inch is not what you want to find out after you warp the warping side of the Kromski Harp for the third time!

~one should ALWAYS know how many yards there are in a ball/skein of warping material
=finding out that there is only enough to make 80 ends after you have warped for the third time!

~one should always use the two aforementioned numbers to calculate how wide of an actual fabric you can make from what is available
=finding out that at 10 ends per inch you will have an 8" wide piece of fabric to work with is not good unless you are using something thin enough in the long run to make bookmarks with. rag rug bookmarks may be a wee too think to hold your place well.

A)i either have to run to wal-mart and buy 3 more balls of Aunt Lydia's (in green of course so not likely they'll have that many of an odd color just because I need them)
B)sett at 5 ends per inch and hope for 16" wide rugs?
C)get out some very old, Lord only knows what color crochet cotton i might have hiding in the garage, in whatever thickness that might be ... and make the bookmarks!

boy, I'm sure going to look weird when i weave 8" wide bookmarks on my 32" Harp... ah Mathilda, you grey my hair.

PS. I have been all over the wonderful "web" trying to find out how many epi to sett the cotton warp at to make rag rugs and I canNOT find a number anywhere! I have however, found many lovely rag rugs for sale. But buying them - would defeat the purpose of weaving my own, eh.

Heavens to Mergatroid Mathilda... will we ever get this warp on your weaving side?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

She arrived!

Well the story is long and not an easy task but my Kromski Harp finally arrived. There was a wee bit change of plans. I planned for a 24" harp with extra 10 dent heddle and supports. What arrived was well, not that.

I am the proud owner of a 32" Kromski Harp with stand and the extra 10 dent heddle and block supports are on their way to me all for the same price!

This poor thing went to Shalimar Florida before she arrived to me as the zipcode was not quite right on her shipping info. So by the time she arrived to me and I opend her up to find a stand and 32" harp I did not know what to do. AFter much debating (due to size) I kept her. Of course, dh is not pleased that she is large but then if the 24" had come he'd not been pleased with that one either.

so her name is Mathilda Millicent Arachne Mergatroid and this morning it was Mathilda get OUT OF THE WAY! in the sewing room as I attempted to put up the bags of clothes I got from my mom on a recent closet emptying of her. So tonight i really need to try and get to the ironing board and move a few stacked up bins out to the garage and then iron some pants for tomorrow and then maybe i can warp MMAM up!

i had planned to warp her with sock yarn and enter a contest at hand woven but gee nothing else has gone as I planned why not warp her up for a rag rug using up some of my fabric cut in strips first of all? forget the contest it has to have the pics in by the 28th of this month anyway and who is to say i'll get all of something warped, woven and finished in that short amount of time for my very first project. not to mention actually manage to win any portion of the contest.

so tonight the bins and ironing board and tomorrow the WARP!

wish me well,

denise/deBRAT in cold again tampa bay Florida
sorry no pics maybe tomorrow i can edit the post

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

trying again of pics

third floor left door just to the left of the wide cream post is the unit's front door off of the parking lot.

looking in to the huge-ed bathroom off of the huge-ed bedroom at the garden tub :)
ahhh my aching muscles already feel better just thinking of soaking in this luxurious bathroom!

looking at the front door and kitchen area via the end of the livingroom/dining room area.
probably put bar stools there (they are much lower than normal height so those two mom and dad werner just gave us might just work there!) and then a smallish table and chairs ... leaveing more area for the livingroom stuffs :)

no pics in this post blogger keeps giving me an error

add't pics hope i don't duplicate any

garden tub in huge bathroom off the huge-ed bedroom

view of length of sewing room to balcony from where i'm standing it is 16' 6"

view out middle sized bedroom (papa bear's room)

papa and mama bear enjoying a swing down a ways on the boardwalk for the condos

more pics?

view from master bedroom/crafting studio
view of length of room of livingroom

view of hall bathroom

view from west end of balcony

view of length of balcony facing west

if blogger cooperates i'll attempt to put up more pics now

Sunday, February 7, 2010

the possible condo

view from balcony of the "ticky tacky" houses. the lowest listed one of those was $290K and that was less than half price from their start-from pricing when they were built!

view out front bedroom's widnow at entrance area and houses at back of the parking lot. this is the smallest bedroom and would be set up for guest useage eventually.

posted in haste to outlast the new laptop battery... more later

it is not letting me upload any pics!