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Well, we survived the move from Nova Scotia to Ontario in one piece (mostly – we did lose a couple of minor pieces to breakage).  The house, which we had only seen on the MLS listing, is just wonderful.

The house has needed a lot of work, of course, since it’s over 100 years old.  Most of the work has been cosmetic yet time-consuming things like painting etc.  Our largest changes have been a new kitchen counter top and sink, and a door linking the front three bedrooms with the back two.  At some point the house had been divided into a duplex and was never fully converted back, which meant that there were two areas on the second floor which didn’t connect to one another and left the back bedrooms without easy access to a bathroom or to the laundry room.  A bit of muscle and a claw hammer soon fixed that, and my mother and I successfully installed a new door between the two areas which has greatly simplified things.  Knocking down walls is fun!

We’re still somewhat living out of boxes and I don’t yet have the store up and running because it’s all still down in the basement (though I’ve been doing some shopping, and have some awesome new pieces!)


What I have been doing just recently is experimenting with some Inkle weaving.  It all started when my mother-in-law spotted a little inkle loom at a second hand store (I was there with her and it kills me that I overlooked it, plus she’s been rubbing it in).  I asked around my local fibre groups and got some information, plus a great book, then started weaving.  It was quite simple once I figured it all out.

That’s the loom on the left.  Its quite small, even for an inkle, which means you can’t make anything really long on it.  It still serves the purpose, though, and you can make some really lovely things on it.


These white strings are the heddles which hold the alternating strands of the warp.  They are what helps you to separate the two different sheds, the open areas between the strands of the warp through which you pass the weft.  I tied them out of cotton yarn to the specifics in my book, not noticing that 1) they were entirely too long for this size of loom, and 2) I had tied roughly four times as many heddles as I actually needed for my initial weaving project.  In my defense, I did have a horrible migraine that day and I probably wasn’t paying very much attention.  After shortening and reducing the number of heddles, I was ready to warp the loom.


The warp, done in a regular pattern of black, white, and grey.  Inkle looms make a warp-faced weave, which means that the strands of the warp are what you are going to see when the project is complete.  The weft strand is essentially invisible, just there to hold it all together.


My very first piece of inkle weaving.  As you can see, the stripes of black, white, and grey in the warp are visible here once it is woven.


My two completed inkle projects.  The grey and black piece is long enough to use as a hair band and I’ve been wearing it all week.  The piece on the left is what I wove afterwards (I should have taken some pics of it while it was still on the loom).  The warp is made up of black and natural grey merino which I spun interspersed with some beautifully colourful Leicester locks (you can see it balled in the first picture).  The weft was the same black commercial wool that I used in my first project.  With the tasseled edging, it is long enough for a jaunty little scarf.  I think the pattern looks almost like a river bed.


They’re both a bit rough, especially the selvedges (the left and right edges) which are very visible on such narrow pieces.  Still, it was very fun, and I will definitely keep practicing!


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Ellen, a crafty homemaker with two kids and a penchant for correcting other people's grammar.

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