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Welcome to the Bay Area Weavers & Spinners Forum. Besides being "the best place on Earth," the SF Bay Area has long been a hot-bed of fiber arts. Introduce yourself, tell us about your loom(s), wheel(s), and fibers, what your interests are, and what's currently on your plate.

I'm Dawn, the administrator/manager of the group and group's forum. I've been messing about with fiber for most of my life, and presently dabble with most of the fiber arts, except tatting and quilting. My main weaving looms are a Leclerc Cendrel floor inkle for narrow-band weaving, and an ancient Gilmore 45" 4H/6T X-frame floor loom. I've also learned--again--how to use a Weave-It portable loom, and I'm slowly turning scrap yarn into little squares for a long project. So that's what I'm doing. What are you up to?

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Hi! I'm so glad that

Hi! I'm so glad that Weavolution is up and running, and that there is a Bay Area Group! Looking forward to meeting everyone!

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I'm a total newbie to

I'm a total newbie to weaving. I have the Ashford RH loom, but have not even warped it yet!  Right now I'm an avid knitter, and spinner, so weaving seemed like the next logical step and I'm anxious to get started, but intimidated by it at the same time!  We are leaving on vacation for two weeks on Friday, so my goal is to get it warped upon my return, no matter how confusing it seems to me! 

 

 

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Hi, I'm Tien, and I've been

Hi, I'm Tien, and I've been sober for...

Whoops!  Wrong forum. :)

I've been weaving for a little over two and a half years now, first  on a Baby Wolf, then on a Leclerc Diana, and finally on an AVL Workshop Dobby Loom, which will be my last loom unless I move to a bigger house!

I used to spin, but after doing my second ring shawl gave up on knitting and spinning both - I didn't feel it was a challenge anymore, and went off in search of other mountains to conquer.  I still have a Majacraft Suzie wheel, but mostly just use it for skeining these days.

I do a lot of sewing, mostly costumes for AIDS Lifecycle, a 7-day, 550-mile cycling fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.  We bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles over the course of a week.  I wear a different FABULOUS outfit every day, mostly wedding and evening-wear patterns that I cut off at the knee so I can bicycle in them!  Every one is designed and sewn by yours truly.  The coup de grace last year was a peacock-feather outfiit that had over 1000 peacock body and tail feathers sewn on!

And my current weaving project...is my wedding dress!  Not content with making my own, I'm designing and weaving the fabrics as well.  (I've posted most of the drafts to Weavolution.)  Right now I'm warped up with 25 yards of 60/2 silk at 96 ends per inch, and weaving with 140/2 silk at 60 picks per inch.  I estimate it will take me two months at least to weave up the yardage.  After that it's time to think of weaving the fabric for the coat that goes over the dress...good thing we're not getting married until next June!  But I've designed both of the other fabrics already, and they're only going to be about 40 epi, so weaving it up should be a snap next to what I've got on the loom now.

That's it!  Weavolution has soaked up so much of my life this past year that weaving and sewing are about all I've done.  In most years I do a lot of (bi)cycling, too, training for AIDS Lifecycle.

Oh, and I make chocolates once a year.  A big production, but lots of fun, too.

I better shut up now and turn the floor over to someone else!  :-)

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Good heavens, what a list! 

Good heavens, what a list!  You are my hero!  :-)

I just started weaving in May, and have been having a great time making random rectangular objects.  After I've finished the rose path pattern on the Baby Wolf now, I'm going to start in to an Actual Project - a shawl with some lovely merino/yak yarn for the weft, and a straight wool for the warp.  It'll be lovely, I hope!

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 Hi - OK , I confess that I

 Hi - OK , I confess that I no longer live in the bay area, but I visit SF several times a year. I felt that the area was my true home when I moved there 20 years ago, and that hasn't changed after moving to AZ!

I have been weaving for a couple years. I just got back from SF where I got some wonderful yarns - what a joy!  Ann

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Hi! I'm so glad that

Hi! I'm so glad that Weavolution is up and running, and that there is a Bay Area Group! Looking forward to meeting everyone!

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I'm a total newbie to

I'm a total newbie to weaving. I have the Ashford RH loom, but have not even warped it yet!  Right now I'm an avid knitter, and spinner, so weaving seemed like the next logical step and I'm anxious to get started, but intimidated by it at the same time!  We are leaving on vacation for two weeks on Friday, so my goal is to get it warped upon my return, no matter how confusing it seems to me! 

 

 

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Hi, I'm Tien, and I've been

Hi, I'm Tien, and I've been sober for...

Whoops!  Wrong forum. :)

I've been weaving for a little over two and a half years now, first  on a Baby Wolf, then on a Leclerc Diana, and finally on an AVL Workshop Dobby Loom, which will be my last loom unless I move to a bigger house!

I used to spin, but after doing my second ring shawl gave up on knitting and spinning both - I didn't feel it was a challenge anymore, and went off in search of other mountains to conquer.  I still have a Majacraft Suzie wheel, but mostly just use it for skeining these days.

I do a lot of sewing, mostly costumes for AIDS Lifecycle, a 7-day, 550-mile cycling fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.  We bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles over the course of a week.  I wear a different FABULOUS outfit every day, mostly wedding and evening-wear patterns that I cut off at the knee so I can bicycle in them!  Every one is designed and sewn by yours truly.  The coup de grace last year was a peacock-feather outfiit that had over 1000 peacock body and tail feathers sewn on!

And my current weaving project...is my wedding dress!  Not content with making my own, I'm designing and weaving the fabrics as well.  (I've posted most of the drafts to Weavolution.)  Right now I'm warped up with 25 yards of 60/2 silk at 96 ends per inch, and weaving with 140/2 silk at 60 picks per inch.  I estimate it will take me two months at least to weave up the yardage.  After that it's time to think of weaving the fabric for the coat that goes over the dress...good thing we're not getting married until next June!  But I've designed both of the other fabrics already, and they're only going to be about 40 epi, so weaving it up should be a snap next to what I've got on the loom now.

That's it!  Weavolution has soaked up so much of my life this past year that weaving and sewing are about all I've done.  In most years I do a lot of (bi)cycling, too, training for AIDS Lifecycle.

Oh, and I make chocolates once a year.  A big production, but lots of fun, too.

I better shut up now and turn the floor over to someone else!  :-)

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Good heavens, what a list! 

Good heavens, what a list!  You are my hero!  :-)

I just started weaving in May, and have been having a great time making random rectangular objects.  After I've finished the rose path pattern on the Baby Wolf now, I'm going to start in to an Actual Project - a shawl with some lovely merino/yak yarn for the weft, and a straight wool for the warp.  It'll be lovely, I hope!

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 Hi - OK , I confess that I

 Hi - OK , I confess that I no longer live in the bay area, but I visit SF several times a year. I felt that the area was my true home when I moved there 20 years ago, and that hasn't changed after moving to AZ!

I have been weaving for a couple years. I just got back from SF where I got some wonderful yarns - what a joy!  Ann

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