Friday, October 31, 2014


No longer having wifi at home really hinders my blog posting. I could go somewhere like the library but that is not convenient. If someone out there knows how to transfer photos from an Iphone to blogger please let me know. I am stumped!

On the weaving front I have been very busy. I have woven several scarves, placemats, runners and mug rugs over the last few months. Octobers I am busy with shows. Participating in shows is work as some of you already know. Weaving, hemming or twisting fringes, washing, and labeling, packing, loading, unloading and setting up, you get the idea. I always take a loom along to show the public what weaving is all about and to weave up something for the next show. Let's face it eight hours is a long time so I might as well be productive, right? My next show is next month so I have a few weeks to get ready.

Sorry no pictures this time.

Snow is in the forecast! I love snow! I am sure it won't stick to much but I'll take it!

Until next time, stay busy and warm!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Antique wheel

I recently bought an antique spinning wheel. I decided a small wheel might be lighter to take to historic sites. The Country Craftsman is perfect for my time period but it can get heavy expecially when walking up a hill. This is a German castle wheel. I have no information about it other than that. You can see from the picture the wood was really dry. The second picture is what it looked like after two coats of Howard's Feed and Wax. The change is remarkable don't you think?

There were other things that needed to be done before it was ready to use. The wheel had to be glued back together and the flier had a crack that also needed glueing. Then a new drive band and it was ready to take for a spin. I think this wheel will do nicely for what I was looking for but you know what? It is heavy!

One other thing I forgot to mention is that some of the parts are not origonal to the wheel. The maidens are darker than the rest of the wheel and have a shiny finish. They don't really fit the holes well either. I had to do a bit of sanding on one to get it to stay in place.

I am taking this wheel to Martin's Station in Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing, Va. the second weekend of October. If  you are in the neighborhood and would like a closer look stop on by!

I am so glad I got to post this week! Blogger has not been letting me post.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I am back!

It has been a very long time since I wrote anything on this blog, hasn't it. Life has been busy here at Pine Ridge Handwovens. First of all I had four new goat kids born. I kept two and sold two. This is Ailen. Our son named him. It is Irish for handsome. It is a good name don't you think? I always wanted a red headed, blue eyed child! Not exactly thinking goat when I wished that.

I was thinking I wanted a small loom for traveling. I chose the Schacht Cricket ten inch. Other than a tape loom I had not woven on a rigid heddle loom. I am not disappointed. This loom is very easy to warp and weave on and is the perfect travel loom. I highly recommend it. I have woven many scarves on it and recently cut off 20 mugs rugs. I have woven with rayon, cotton and wool and it is a great little loom!

Here are some scarves I have woven on the Cricket.

Well that is all I have for today. I hope I have not lost my readers by my long absence. Have a wonderful day!