The February program featured members sharing their favorite tools and fiber tips. Who doesn’t love adding more tricks to their repertoire?
Maribeth Woolsey started us out by sharing her favorite basketry tools.
A packing tool saves wear and tear on your fingers when removing spaces in your weaving.
The spoke weight holds down the reeds and helps measure the distance from center to keep your weaving even.
Clothespins are useful when you run out of hands to hold your weaving in place.
Some of our basket makers swear by the lashing tool. It serves as a “shoehorn” when lashing the rim. Some brand names include Lash Buddy, Lash Saver, and EZ Lasher.
For making many hats in a relatively short amount of time, Mary recommends the Addi knitting machine. In around forty-five minutes, Mary can crank out a warm squishy hat. She put it to good use making over ONE HUNDRED beautiful soft hats for the Guild’s chemo hat project. The machine counts the rows automatically and comes with legs and clamps. Other sizes designed for socks and scarves are available.
Darla Cooper loves her Wooly Winder. Her spinning winds onto the bobbin evenly without having to stop and move it to the next hook. She also recommends keeping all of the tools for each of your devices in a dedicated container. Darla thinks this clear one makes finding what she need easier.
Pat found a treasure at a local thrift shop and has put it to good use. When she wants individual spools for sectional warping, she uses her Boyle electric ball winder. To ensure all spools contain the same amount of yarn, Pat also purchased a Lacis yarn counter which comes with its own clamp.
When Karen Agee gets serious about flicking locks of wool, she wears her leather apron. It protects her from sharp tools and keeps her clothing free of fuzz.
Diane Davison made a discovery when a pattern she was weaving required her to use a temple. Unlike the old traditional temples, the Leclerc Clip Temple adjusts to different looms and is gentle on the fabric being woven. Diane gives it two thumbs up! Take a look at a short video, if you are interested. Clip Temple Video
Karla has collected a variety of shuttles during weaving career. She looks for shuttles with a smooth surface, nice weight, and low profile. Karla keeps repair heddles on hand to fix warping errors. She also has a fringe twister in her arsenal of tools. Karla’s last suggestion is having a composition book to keep good records of all your projects.
Once again we appreciate and benefit from the experiences of our members. We can learn so much from each other. Thanks to all who contributed to this program.