We are the Tuesday Weavers, a lively group of weavers from all levels and all walks of life. We meet every Tuesday at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, Tennessee for weaving, learning, fellowship and a lot of laughter.
We have several projects going on in the Studio these days. Tina gave you an update last week about our key chains for Convergence, and we are still plugging away on that. Marie and Linda brought in their bands they wove at home, and we're starting to see a patriotic theme evolve. Patty had finished her last warp, and today she started warping for her new project.
Pat also finished several bands at home, and she brought her Inkle loom to work on in the Studio.
Then, there's our newest project!
Yes, Marie was busy taking pictures again today (and she's getting really good at styling!) Sharon assisted her in setting up this shot.
We'll reveal more about this at a later time!!!!!
Linda's friend, Helen, was visiting with us today.....who knows, she may decide she'd like to learn to weave!!!!
Anna and Bonnie stayed on task at their looms....Bonnie is starting her next shawl. That means she had to choose a new weft....we'll check on that next week.
Ms. Ila is ready to start weaving on her new shawl warp...or at least she'll be ready when Shirley gets all of her treadles tied. Shirley shared a picture that Bonnie texted from Italy....I sure hope she's having a good time!!!!
When Sharon isn't helping Marie, she's weaving on her loom. Frieda is working on a new Inkle pattern, and she's found the warp generator a handy tool to use. Fiber folks do like to play with color....right???
Peggy is picking up a few pointers as Laura gets ready to wind on her new warp. Carol is always there to help. Carol will be at Mid-West Weavers conference next week, so she wanted to make sure Laura was up and weaving before she left.
Charlotte cut fabric strips for her newest batch of placemats. This lady can sure get a lot done!!!
Carl is going to need that cutter next week! He's almost out of blue jean strips for his rugs. Time to cut some more!
Remember that cake that Marie was shooting???? Well...this is all that's left. Thank you, Ms. Ila, for making your orange chiffon cake for us, again!!!!
There's always something going on around here!!!! Happy Weaving! LouAnn
It was a quiet day at the Center today. Several weavers were playing hooky, but that doesn't mean that we were not busy!
When I first walked in I found Marie using her new photo skills, staging some mock ups for an upcoming project that I am not sure we have announced yet, so I will say no more!
Then I found that Laura, one of our new weavers had finished her warp and was grabbing the scissors to cut it off. I got there just in time!
I was looking at her project and all of the other projects in the room, when I was struck once again on how the choice of weft influences the final fabric.
I don't know what weft Liz will use on this warp but the possibilities are numerous!
The white warp is brought wonderfully to life by Alice's choice of a purple weft.
The soft blue and white fabric used in this project soften the often harsh black warp.
I love the white mixed in with the orange on this loom, you never know when it is going to show up.
The brighter blues on a black warp in this placemat project, that Marilyn is working on is one of my favorite combinations!
Anna is weaving with a soft white weft on a brown and white warp in a simple twill pattern. I think she used red the first time around, but I don't have a picture of that handy. Maybe once this warp comes off of the loom we can compare.
While all of this was going on Charlotte began to strip some fabric that she had found in the annex I think. She wanted to weave placemats and asked what color warp she should use, we told her that there would be many colors that would work well with that fabric.
Carol had a beautiful show and tell to bring in today. This is the fabric that she is going to use when she takes a class this summer at the Midwest weavers conference.
The fabric just keeps going! We all thought it was beautiful, and this photo does not do it justice.
At lunch time I was asked how many key chains we already have ready for next summers conference. After lunch was over, I pulled out the bins and I found that we have 100 keychains that are sewn and ready and enough bands woven to make another 240. We are a long way from the minimum of 1800, but there are a lot of us working at it now and bit by bit we will get it done.
That is it for now, I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of our day, so until next Tuesday, just keep on Weaving. Tina
L to R: Pearl, Patty, Marilyn, Ms. Ila, Betsy and Carl.
This is a pretty typical view as we gather on Tuesday mornings. Folks start to pull out looms and get a space to weave. There's always small groups just catching up on the six days that we weren't together or sharing ideas for new projects.
Carl needed to cut more blue jean strips for weft for his rugs, and Pat jumped in to help. Christy had joined the panels this winter.
Mary was back to work on the white placemat warp, and you can see Bonnie and Marilyn at the back wall of the studio.
Before you know it, the table fills up with weavers, and they get down to business. As you can see, we have a lot of Inkle loom weaving going on right now. (We're really serious about getting those bands woven!!!) Carol took time to consult with our new weavers and answer questions about their projects.
L to R: Liz, Helen, Jocelyn and Peggy
You can see Liz trying to finish her towel warp before she has to rush upstairs for a meeting about Kids Kamp. That's coming up in June, and Liz has been working very hard on activities for the one day camp. (Weaving will be on the agenda!)
Marilyn's cloth beam was filling up! After she finished her runner, we wove in two sticks, and cut off the warp that was woven. This means she'll be hemming placemats and runners at home this week!!!! Bonnie was hard at work on her shawl warp.
Keeping up with technology is a challenge, but Marie is a master using her weave design program. Ray is getting some pointers on a towel design that Marie perfected.
Marie has branched out to taking photos of her woven pieces. Today, she did a photo shoot for our upcoming Inkle Loom class.
This is the finished product! Great job, Marie!!!!
The Studio is always a lively place to be!!!! Happy Weaving! LouAnn
Looms are out and weaving commences. Bonnie was tying on her warp today....but, no weaving just yet. Ms. Ila is almost through threading. Alyce got to weaving a little later, and got to work on her purple throw.
Here's a close up of Margi's table runner that she's weaving. Rag weaving is so much fun! The print just dances around as you weave.
Inkles were set up on the table as we added to our collection for the key ring project. Carl finished up all his cut weft for rugs this afternoon, which means we'll be cutting strips next week!
Keep those placemats coming, Mary!!!! That's a nice roll of placemats on the cloth beam. Ray wears so many hats here at the Center, but, today he got to just weave for a little bit. (Ray and Marie taught a mug-rug class on Saturday!)
Marie is another person who wears a lot of hats with our little group! Here she is warping her Inkle loom before she has to go upstairs for shop duty.....never a dull moment!!! Bonnie spent the morning weaving on her shawl warp.
Several folks went back to help Jocelyn get her warp wound on the loom this morning. That's Tina back there right now. Liz and Sharon were able to get some weaving accomplished, too.
Marilyn has switched her color scheme to a bluish combination on the black placemat warp.
Frieda set up by Charlotte to work on her warp. You can see the tub of bands that have been made into key rings.
Laura was at the end of the table working on her new warp.
Frieda's new band.
Linda's new band.
Last, but not least, is Patty's new band.
I'm really glad that Betsy needed someone to taste-test her new (from scratch) strawberry cake. Yes....it was delightful....she used fresh stawberries and butter cream icing. Now, how could that go wrong??? This is a dry run for a wedding cake for a friend....thank you for letting us help you, Betsy!!!! Happy Weaving! LouAnn
We're back at it on this lovely May morning. Ms. Ila is almost finished threading her warp....she always saves a few of the dyed threads to use for repair threads....just in case!!!! Those are usually thrown off the back of the loom. Margi is working on her black placemats...each mat will have a different colored weft. These will pair nicely with Fiesta dishes!
After working a shift upstairs, Ray was back to work on the loom. He is co-teaching a class on Saturday, so he double checked the supplies for the students. It's always something! Mary finished another placemat and she's weaving the hem area now. Keep those white placemats coming, Mary!!!!
Time to wind on that warp! Marie and Pearl jumped in to help Jocelyn get the towel warp on the loom.
Wouldn't you know it....a thread got crossed! Note Peggy UNDER the loom rescuing an errant thread!!!! Shirley has the right touch getting the threads just where they need to be.
Laura is one happy weaver! Her warp is on and she finally got to throw the shuttle. She also found out about UNweaving today! Oh well....another tool in her tool belt!
Bonnie and Marilyn held down the back row all morning just weaving away on their warps.
Tina set up her harp band loom out of the main stream of traffic. She was able to get a little weaving done this morning.
But, it wasn't long until she was pressed into teacher mode for Linda. Not only did Linda learn how to chart her new pattern, but she learned how to warp her Inkle loom.
Patty finished her first warp on her Inkle loom, and she cut it off this afternoon. That's another band for our key chains! Pat and I started working on making the key chains this morning since we already have a small tub full of finished bands. I sewed and Pat fringed the bottom edge and added the Tuesday Weaver card. We had a system!!!
Carl emptied one shuttle and started on another. That's a nice roll of rugs on the cloth beam!
These are Ms. Ila's "snake skin" shawls that are all finished and ready to go upstairs. That is such a neat pattern!!!
Some more bands for your approval!
Betsy is weaving the blue, green and yellow band while Frieda is weaving the blue, pink and green band.
Someone might think we're having too much fun!!!
I'm sure there will be more to show you next week. Happy Weaving! LouAnn
One minute you're wearing sweaters and wondering when Spring will actually show herself, and the next thing you know, it's the last day of April! The temps have finally warmed, and we're busy (as usual) in the Studio. Although we were missing more than a half-dozen weavers today, we had plenty to keep us busy.
Dickie tackled the drain in the kitchen sink (which has nothing to do with weaving, but is in use by the weavers!) He found that one of the joints had not been glued, which was causing the leak.
Peggy is Inkle weaving at home, but hard at work in the Studio on her huck project.
Linda keeps knocking out towels in the Studio and at home. (She told me her challenge towels are off the loom and waiting to be hemmed.......I'm jealous!)
This scarf is a showstopper! I just love the use of color on this project. (Hello to Katja!)
Pat took over Carol's duties and helped Laura with her first warp. It's threaded and through the reed....time to tie on the bar.
Uh-oh! There's a problem!!!! (Yes, Pat is ON the table!) Laura is learning a an important lesson: check the threading. There was a small mistake, which will require re-threading a small portion.
Look at that roll of placemats on Marilyn's loom! Wow! I'm glad Mary took a moment to catch up with Marilyn this afternoon.
Jocelyn's warp is looking better and better...maybe she'll be weaving next week.
A big thank you to Patty Cook. She donated this loom to the Tuesday Weavers. It's a Swedish design loom that attaches to a table. It also has a piece that can attach to the back to make it stand alone.
Now, for a quick glimpse at some of our warps:
Bonnie's shawl warp.
Tina weaving on her band loom.
A close up of the band in progress.
Frieda's band. (Don't you just love these colors!!!!)
My watermelon band....Pearl has already requested one of the key rings!!!! This is such a fun pattern!
Tomorrow will be May 1st...the time is flying by! What's on your to-do list???? Happy Weaving! LouAnn
Marie, Linda and Carol were busy this morning putting new stickers on some of our woven goods that are going to a shop in Gatlinburg. This is a great opportunity for us to sell to at a new venue.
Sharon was available to help Jocelyn put on her new towel warp. (Linda is taking a look at the 8/2 colors available on the shelf.)
Blue and white stripes.....this will be fun to see what Jocelyn does with this towel warp!!!!
Carl has plenty of weft to keep him busy (for a little while!)
Ray is sending one of his overshot rugs to the shop in Gatlinburg. (And, it's a blue jean rug!!!!)
Carol had time this afternoon to weave on her wee Inkle.
Patty is doing a great job on her first Inkle warp!!!
Tina brought her band loom to warp today....that will give us lots of tape for those key rings.
Betsy is taking over the mega Inkle loom. She's got a great color combo going!!!!
Bonnie and Marilyn are doing their best to keep those looms humming!
After helping with the items going to our new venue, Pat got a little weaving done. Then it was time to pack it up. She was headed to pick up the sewing machines: they've been serviced and they're ready to get back to work.
Ahhhh....The Ladies minus Ms. Ila. It's always a good day weaving with our friends!
It looks like Bonnie is almost through threading....maybe we can see her pattern next week. Tuesday.....the best day of the week!!! LouAnn
We've been posting about our Inkle bands the last month or so....Pat and Tina have been doing the math, and we are on our way. Don't get me wrong...we have a long way to go, but we've got an early start.
We have been weaving at home, and weaving on Tuesdays. Pat brought her newest band warp today to work on in the Studio.
This is Patty's first warp. We got it started, and she was busy all morning getting it on the Inkle loom.
Frieda brought her wee Inkle today, and got to work weaving a band. Carol also brought her wee Inkle to load up today!
We are on a roll!!!!!!!
Elsewhere in the Studio, Marie was busy putting together a stand for one of our Ashford looms. Christy spent the day sewing blue jean strips, and took time to catch up with what's going on with Marie.
Bonnie and Ms. Ila are still threading their new warps. I'm really looking forward to seeing their warps when they start to weave! It's always a fun surprise.
We got to see the start of Alyce's warp last week....just look at it now!!!!
Betsy did a little sampling at the end of her warp and invited folks back to vote on their favorite. Bonnie and Marilyn got a look at her different color combinations.
Then it was time to cut off the warp. She had eight placemats and one table runner on this warp.
Say hello to Anna's sister, Katja, who was visiting with us today. She lives in Portugal, and is spending some time with Anna during our lovely East Tennessee spring. She brought her crochet project along to work on while she was here. (Another fiber person!!!!)
Shirley brought brownies to help her celebrate her birthday! Happy day, Shirley!!!! (And, thanks for the brownies....YUM!)
I missed getting a picture of Ray with his daughter. She was visiting the Studio today, too. She also weaves at home!
There's so much going on in the Studio....what a fun place! Happy Weaving! LouAnn
We have to catch up with each other....it's been seven days since we were together, you know!
Sometimes someone brings a new book....we all want to take a look.
Sometimes it's a post online that we can't wait to show each other.
Morning is also a great time to get chores out of the way! The shelves needed to be adjusted, and this morning was a good time to get it done. These are the shelves that store the table looms.
We have filled up the container with woven tapes for our key chains! Pat decided it was time to measure and tag each roll and calculate how much we have so far. Plans are being made for a sewing day to start putting the key chains together. Christy is working on blue jean panels....a necessary on-going project.
Carol had a lot to share with us about her weekend at Fiber Forum. Betsy volunteered to put the drops in Carol's eye....a job Carol just can't do on her own!!!! Kay came to visit us today....she wove at the Center back in the '90's. I'm sure she saw lots of changes.
Liz's towels are coming right along! Bonnie and Ms. Ila are threading their warps. We had a conversation about the sett for Bonnie's warp.....she's threading a plaited twill. She might want to sample ....the reed can always be re-sleyed.
Our other Bonnie is ready to start weaving....she's just got to tie up her treadles!
When Ray isn't being our carpenter, he's hard at work on his loom. Mary is humming along on her placemats, too.
We're glad Anna is back from California! Time to get back to her loom! Besides showing us pictures of her adorable new grandson, Linda has been weaving on her towel warp.
Pearl is always ready to lend a helping hand. Peggy's warp is looking great! Helen had some questions for Tina as she worked on the large Inkle loom.
Carl continues to put all those blue jean strips to good use!
Alyce was ready to sample her warp today. After finding and correcting some cross threads, this is how the bamboo wrap is looking.
Betsy was busy un-weaving when I made my way to the back of the Studio. It's not our favorite thing to do....but, necessary.
So much going on in the Studio today....you should join us!