My homegrown and hand-woven linen dish towel and bread cloth project from last summer hit a few snags over the winter.
The first set back was a major problem: I donated my last loom to the Salvation Army.
I live in a small house and was on a space reclaiming kick. I wanted the use of a very needed upstairs bedroom.
“People are more important than things”, is what I was thinking.
So at present I’m “loomless”.
At the time of the donation I intended to pick up a small used 8 harness loom. A floor loom that won’t take up too much floor space, and will fold and fit into a closet is what I’ve been looking for.
I haven’t come across the right loom yet.
So my plan now is to spring for a Baby Wolf floor loom as soon as I save enough money or maybe sell a couple of heifers.
I used to have a 4 harness Baby Wolf loom but I donated it to a convent in New York about 5 years ago. At the time the nuns seemed to need it more than me.
Notice a pattern here?
The second linen project detour was the weather.
Winter came very early and stayed.
It was honest to goodness so cold last winter that there was no way I was going to spend one minute more than I had to in the barn.
But there’s almost always a silver lining in every cloud.
I belong to a local spinner’s & weaver’s guild.
We meet once a month, and next month I’ve volunteered to do a linen production workshop. All the flax that has been sitting up in the barn for the last year is going to that guild meeting.
It will be worked on by the other guild members as part of the demonstration and workshop.
Of course I’m going to share the flax with guild members and won’t have as much for my dishtowels as I had planned.
But I don’t really care.
The project will go forward. I’ll have enough linen for a couple of towels or bread cloths.
Now all I have to do is find the money for a new loom…….