The Lisa Loom has also arrived


Just after Labour day the first of my Louet Lisa loom order made it to my place. I ordered the small size as I like it for teaching.

Here is a box:

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And all the parts that it comes with. Easy to ssemble and quick to get started weaving on. Of course I grabbed some cotton yarn for the warp.

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The channels are a great depth, everything holds nicely in place while warping.

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I started with a skinny yarn for the weft, but had to change-up to find a yarn beginners would have fun playing and exploring with! Thankfully, my local supplier came to the rescue. Cambridge Fibres had about 6 lbs of this fibre, that I can’t stop staring at. The change of colour once woven up was so much fun to play with.

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I have all these great mini weaving tools, collected over the years.

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For the first piece on the loom I used only the Louet provided tools, and added a darning needle. I also used my fingers when adding some texture to the piece. I sewed in ends on the back of the piece.

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The yarn is fairly slippery, so I definitely want to sew this bulky weaving down to make the start of a case. I think this size will fit a mini ipad. But I also like it for a small pillow that I can use as a pincushion. I guess it will depend on when I find a good match piece for the other side!

I have 2 burgundy/purple fabrics on hand.

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I like the colour that leans more purple, cut the edge strips and a backing piece.

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I broke a needle getting the fluffiness through the machine! I sewed down a double row to hold everything in place and left a generous amount of edge to play around with later on.

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I am going to slow down and pick up an overshot pattern with this yarn next.

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So many updates! This time Erica is coming!!


I’m excited that Louet has a new table loom (The Erica) that will be coming later this year, and I pre-ordered 3 versions! I can’t wait to get some pictures of a 2-shaft version, a 4-shaft version and all the accessories.

Flax update pictures will have to do!

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I should have weeded more, and I think I need a method to keep the flax straight up nd down.

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And a visitor.

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The Flax Cometh


Its soooo pretty!

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Thank goodness a phenomenal amount sprouted. The garden patch feels a lot less bare now. All the varieties are growing nicely.

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Marilyn

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Melina

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Calista

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Vesta

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Getting Ready for the Summer


I am officially in two shows this year – the Twist Festival in St Andre-Avelline, QC in August and the Woodstock Fleece Festival in October. After a great small discussion with a friend yesterday, I have a glimpse of my fibre path again!

I started a few weeks ago with my fibre flax planting for the year. Originally I was going to rent a tiller, but my husband wanted to buy one instead. And this electric cutie has already been in use at both the city and farm houses this year. I can handle using it for about an hour at a stretch.

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We cleared a 6 ft by 21 ft area. I marked it off with a shovel, and we finished it with the tiller.

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I planted 4 varieties (marilyn, vesta, calina, and melina) just before we had rain for a week. I have sprouting from all the seeds at various rates. It will still take a few days to see how well spaced it is.

Marilyn (sprouting seeds)

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Melina

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Calista

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Vesta

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I also picked up this new house. Behold the Bee Chalet!

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Mowhawk Hat


Have been looking at funky wig hats lately…

I hand dyed a bunch of thick mop cotton. Using 8mm needles, I made a bunch of hats testing out some sizes.

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Once I had the size right, I made this!

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When I have some time I want to make a Rapunzel style wig out of silk!

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The Stitch Bandwagon


I too felt the need to learn the crocodile stitch and made an elf boot(ie)! I used 2 strands of Lanaknits Hempwol on 6mm needles. A third strand for the heel.

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I keep mulling over the colours I want to use in boot number two….

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The Lovely Mia


Mia Torres, my wonderful model in Las Vegas recently celebrated her birthday! Here are a few more pics from our photo shoot in 2013.

A new picture I can print for my booth

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Some fun ones

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And a neat little picture that I made into a series

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And a new banner

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