Saturday, April 25, 2009

Roving Weaver

I haven't exactly been on the road but I, along with my husband and dog, have been living at an RV park beside a lake in our travel trailer. It is on the left. This is the first time we have lived in it for any length of time. We figured since we plan to live in it for quite a while, now is a good time to give it a shake down trial. We aren't too far from where our house and property is. That is convenient since some of the things we thought we needed we brought back to the house and various items we actually did need were brought to the trailer after we had been there a few days. My husband has been busy modifying the interior to fit our needs, for example, room for his trumpet and my Jane weaving loom. I haven't actually brought it out to the trailer yet as I have visions of weaving on it during a warm spring day underneath the awning. So far, we have only had one really warm spring day. That is, warm for here. It actually got into the 70's! We spent the day being tourists in a near by town as it actually fell on my birthday (and a lovely present the sunny day was too).
I wish I could say I have the warp off the Jane loom. Unfortunately I have only had about 5 minutes here and there to weave. It is getting there but oh so slowly. At the moment I am traveling between our trailer and our house to keep it maintained and ready to view by potential buyers. I will be one excited weaver when the house is sold and we are on our way at last. In the meantime, we endure.
Spinning has come to a screeching halt for me as well as my spinning wheel has mysteriously lost a little tiny part that holds the bearing where the flyer is inserted. My wheel is a Schacht Matchless double treadle. It is about 12 years old now and has been a wonderful wheel for me. I contacted Schacht to see if I could get a replacement part. It is a little tiny metal clip. Unfortunately so far they have quoted me a price to replace the whole assembly. I will have to call them directly and see if I can get the part. I might see what I can do on my own as I like to repair my own appliances and things.
So, all of the above is part of the reason for the lack of posts. I hope to make up for the long silence soon. In the meantime, I have some weaving blogs to catch up on. I look forward to seeing what my weaving friends have been up to!
-Renee

5 comments:

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

Living in a camper should be a lot of fun:) And the thought of weaving out in the open air....ahhh! ;)

Life Looms Large said...

That's a good idea to give the camper a trial run for a while and see what you think!! I like the idea of the trumpet/loom combination!!!

I backtracked through your blog to January, when your Jane loom was delivered. And I'm still not sure how long you plan to live in the RV or where you'll be heading. (You might not know either I realize!) Anyway, I'd love to hear more about it all!

Happy belated birthday by the way!

Sue

Renee said...

It is good to hear from you all and thanks for the comments. Sue, we will be heading down to Ashland, OR where I will be enrolling in art school for the next four years. I don't think we will be living in our trailer for that long but we will be for several months until we get settled. I plan to be weaving in the off hours and hope to sell a few items to buy a few art supplies at least!
Thanks for asking, -Renee

Ellen Halseth said...

I bought a used single-treadle matchless at Salvation Army, and it was missing the whole bearing at the back (if this is what you are talking about). I found a little hex shaped nut that fit in the space and tried that. It worked very well. The nut stayed in place and the threaded hole for the bolt was exactly the right size for the pin on the flyer.

Renee said...

Thanks for the tip Ellen! I am going to give that a try. I tried a couple of retaining rings but they don't fit well. Can't believe you found a used Schacht at Salvation Army. What a score!