Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Hole In The Head, Oh Yes Please

Friday I received the upgrade kit for my loom, but I wasn't able to actually upgrade the loom until Sunday.  I had already decided that I was taking a road trip on Saturday to get a couple more Row by Row kits.  

I was on the road fairly early Saturday and listened to an audio book on my drive.  The first shop I visited didn't have any kits left, so I settled for just the free pattern.  Also picked up a layer cake to add to my Civil War Sampler fabrics, and a kit for an applique table runner.  The second shop had the kit for their row, so I grabbed that, and I found a strip pack that will work great with that first pattern I picked up.  I think I'm done getting rows now.  I had initially picked out 12 that I want, but the 4 that I haven't grabbed yet are 6 hour drives from here.  Not sure I have it in me for 2 weekend long trips by myself, so I'm going to settle for using the 8 I have and call it a day.

Anyway, Sunday afternoon Paul and I finished removing the warp from the loom, then installed the upgrade kit.  Isn't it pretty in all its black metal glory?  The instructions for placing the earth magnet have much to be desired, and we wound up drilling 2 holes in the front and 3 in the back before all was said and done.  Very frustrating!

I spent the rest of the day Sunday redressing the loom, and last night Paul helped me get it wrapped onto the back bar. This afternoon I will probably spend some time getting them all tied to the front bar so I'm ready to start weaving.

As if I didn't have enough on my hands already, I got it in my head to do something to recycle these old bath towels.

Pinterest was consulted and I found myself cutting 1/2" x 5" strips like this.  If you choose to do this yourself, be aware that there will be terry bits and pieces everywhere.  And I do mean everywhere.  It appears to multiply.  The floor of my sewing room looks like 10 towels were run through a food processor instead of just 1/4 of 1 towel was cut into strips.

After cutting these strips, I am tying them to this rug canvas.  Once complete, this should be a cushy bath mat.  I plan to do this in a checkerboard pattern since I have 2 colors to work with.

 There were quite a few interesting ideas for recycling towels on Pinterest.  Good thing I have so many of them to recycle huh?

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