NOBO Handweavers

World’s Longest Scarf

Our section for the World’s Longest Scarf has been completed and mailed, along with its matching journal, to Rhinebeck, NY! We were able to weave just over 7′ and our donations to Heifer International through Keep the Fleece came to $918, surpassing our goal of $600!  The scarf sections submitted will be attached in the Wild Fibers sponsored International Tent during the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, October 17.  Thank you to all who donated and supported this effort.

World's Longest Scarf

Spider Gossamer Silk

Check this out:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/spider-silk/

Pretty amazing!

Tartan Drafts

After Mr. Hartwell’s wonderful presentation the other night, I decided to find online resources for tartan thread setts.
Here’s the best:

http://handweaving.net/Patterns.aspx

Just check the “tartan” box and then 700+ setts and images pop up.

The sett is generally along the top.

Mr. Hartwell is such a nice, inspiring man.

I just might design my own personal tartan one of these days!

Tartan Weaving

In case anyone would like to have a little fun with Tartan design, especially with our featured speaker for September, visit www.tartanmaker.com It is addictive!

Perfect tools

Okay, so there are no perfect tools but some come close.
I was wondering what your “must have” weaving tools are.
In particular, shuttles.

I have a pair of Howell Little Man boat shuttles that came with my Glimarka. I was considering selling them until I tried them. Those guys are staying put- they feel so good in my hands and the weight’s
ideal. I’m interested in knowing if anyone has Jenkin or Bluster Bay boat shuttles and what they think of them?
I’m really starting to like the snub nosed shuttles.

My abacus and child’s free standing chalkboard have become two of my must have tools!
I use them for treadle tracking. The sequence is written on the board in groups. Then the abacus keeps track of each group as I complete it.
If the phone rings, I just take the chalk and mark the last treadle I used on the chalkboard.

NOBO Handweavers Galleries – The Tutorial

The NOBO Handweavers Galleries are ready for input/feedback/testing. If you’re up for some fun this weekend, feel free to go ahead and start trying it out. You’ll need a username and password, and also be a paid Guild member. Send me an email to: admin@nobohandweavers.com and I’ll set you up for the first round of tests.

I’ve made a tutorial to help guide you along. It’s in PDF format, and is located here: http://nobohandweavers.com/docs/The-NOBO-Handweavers-Gallery-Tutorial.pdf

Oh, and the Galleries are here: http://nobohandweavers.com/galleries.

As each person gets set up, I’ll create a gallery for each individual by first name and last initial. From there you may create as many folders or galleries as you’d like. This will help keep things nice and organized right from the start.

“Old England to New England Bookmark Exchange”

Today’s mail brought Leicester Longwool handspun yarn from Cranberry Moon Farm, Cummington, MA. Lisa Westervelt is shepherdess, spinner, weaver and the first registered Leicester Longwool breeder in MA. Despite all she packs in during a day, she agreed to spin up some Leicester for me for the bookmark exchange.  Cream, silver grey, and dark grey – gorgeous.  I just had to share my excitement.

LL CMF

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