I'm really, REALLY, happy to be able to tell
you that I have finished restoring the
Glimakra Ideal countermarch loom.
I think that this 70 cm loom built in the 1980's
had been destined for a dumpster,
since it had water damage and paint all over it.
I thought that it was well worth saving,
knowing that it would take hours
of restoration work.
Sanding it down removed most of the water damage,
and it took all of the paint off.
It now has three coats of Tung oil finish
rubbed into the wood,
so that it glistens with happiness.
maybe that's my happiness,
but if a loom could be happy,
this one would be,
I still have to assemble some parts,
and I had to order some parts that were missing,
but soon this small, sturdy loom will be weaving once again.
On the quilting side of things I've been working
on a baby quilt from the book,
Sunday Morning Quilts.
The design is called Up, Up, and Away,
and it features small bursts of color in the form of triangles
set with a white background.
I love scrap quilts,
and I've wanted to make this quilt for some time,
so it's a win-win for me!
Can I tell you how nice it is to hear
my sewing machine humming,
once again :-)
On one of my small Baby Wolf looms I have
a blend of yarns that range from cottons
to bamboo to novelty polyester.
I have to admit that I've been a yarn snob
for the longest time,
only weaving with natural yarns.
Then I ordered some Saori polyester blended yarns from Japan
that have interesting textures and colors,
and I realized that I was missing out.
So now I look for unusual yarns of any fiber
to add to the stash,
just for the fun of it.
This will be sewn into a vest or
a summer shirt when it's woven
and cut off of the loom.
We have moved to a forested neighborhood out in the country,
and we seem to have a lot more birds around.
We both love to birdwatch,
so we have multiple feeders on our deck
that we can from the windows.
We have four different hummingbirds coming through-
Rufous, Calliope, Broad-tailed, and Black-chinned.
So tiny, and yet so fierce in their battle
over the feeders.
I noticed this hidden in a bush against the house
when I was doing yard work.
No takers so far,
maybe next year??
Here's hoping that you have time for fabric/fiber this week,