Monday, May 23, 2016

Chanticleer and the Mission Road

The vocal group Chanticleer is in the process of performing at all of the historic California Missions. On Sunday, we attended their performance at Mission San Miguel Archangel, just a short distance north of Paso Robles.

The Chanticleer site describes the Mission Road project. If you are anywhere near El Camino Real and the missions located along its route, and if you love a capella singing as much as I do, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity. Hearing Baroque music composed by Spanish and Mexican musicians alive during the founding of the missions, in the chapels where it was intended to be performed, is an ethereal experience. And of course, the Chanticleer voices are glorious.

On the Fringe

This is my workspae for a while - the fringeing stand:

With the help of my trusty Conair Hair Braider, this stand makes [relatively] quick work of turning this...

...into this:

Now, we all know (except, apparently, the folks in the Conair marketing department) that this is a ply structure, not a braid structure, but as long as their gizmo makes something I can use, I'll damned well use it.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Been There, Done That

This is what the dobby loom looked like this afternoon before I called it quits and cut off the warp:

 Now I have way too many scarves to fringe and wet-finished and press before Complex Weavers next month. Gotta get busy!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Moving Right Along

I've finished weaving the red-weft scarf. Here it is on its path toward the cloth storage beam. I'm including this shot because I really love the way the eye blends 4 yarn colors into something that looks more like 7 or 8.

When you add in the iridescense, maybe 9 or 10...

It took me a while to pick the next weft color. I had a skein of hand-dyed dark violet, but there were skein-tie marks (paler areas) and I don't want to take the time right now to fix them. Later, yes, but not now.

Until now, the weft colors have all been in the range between the grey warp and the navy warp in value. This one is quite different - a pale ice blue, definitely closer to the natural warp in value. The first shot was taken at about 80 picks into the weaving, and shows the weft color on the pirn:

The second shot was taken at 200 picks, and shows how neutral the cloth looks from the driver's seat:

However, if you click to enlarge the image, you'll see a hint of blue iridescense in the lower right corner. I suspect that after wet finishing and pressing, it'll be more visible.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Another Point of View

If I photograph the red-weft scarf with the camera just a little above and looking lengthwise up the warp, the way the red weft appears and disappears is even more obvious.

Note that where the warp curves around the sandpaper beam, the weft begins to make itself obvious again. I think this may prove my theory that any angle from which the weft is seen from its side (rather than along its length) shows that color more strongly.

Compare this with the two shots shown in this post.

I have perhaps 500 picks left to weave, then I can begin the final (and as yet undecided as to weft color) scarf on the warp.

On another note, the numbness and lack of motor control in my left hand is improving - I no longer have to do 1-finger typing with that hand - but accuracy on the left side of the keyboard is still somewhat problematic. But at least, there is improvement.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Family Wedding

Our niece got married this past weekend to her long-time boyfriend, whose parents live in nearby Paso Robles. They hosted the wedding, as well as the following reception/dinner/dancing. They have a small ranch. The wedding itself was held on a grassy lawn, and the rest of the evening in a huge tent with a floor of wood chips.

I'm only including one photo of the festivities, because I only had my cellphone for photography, and most of the shots were out of focus or otherwisw unsatisfactory.

This is the bride dancing with her father. Sensible girl that she is, she wore tennis shoes under her floor-length gown for the entire event. The women with high heels must have envied her comfort...

We had family members staying with us, and attending Rude get-togethers, for several days. Now I'm exhausted, but pleased with how well everything went, and very happy for the bride and groom.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Guest Weaver

My friend Becky from the Central Coast Weavers Guild came over to help me weave. She has a 16-shaft mechanical-dobby AVL, but wanted to see how it feels to work on a bigger loom with autoadvance and a computer dobby.

 She flew right through 500 picks, and wants to try out the jacquard next. That will have to wait a while, because I've got a lot of interleaved scarves that need to be woven/fringed/wet-finished/pressed before mid-June so I have samples to bring with me to Complex Weavers Seminars.