Tag Archive for weaving

Fiber With A Twist – Spinning Wool Into Yarn

Spinning Blue Roving Into Yarn

I’ve always consider hand spinning to be an important and basic foundation homesteading skill. That’s because hand spinning is the mother of all weaving, knitting, crochet, lace making and other assorted fiber arts. Without thread and yarn there’s no clothing. (unless you consider plastic garbage bags, fig leaves and animal skins) Hand spinning is not…

Rag Strips For Rag Rugs

Rag Strips For A Rug

I’m making a few rag rugs for the kitchen. Rag weaving makes good use of old worn out sheets, old clothing and leftover fabric pieces from past sewing projects. Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast. Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast. The rug in the…

Home Grown Flax For Linen Getting Ready To Bloom

Home Grown Fax For Linen Getting Ready To Bloom

A few of the plants in the small plot of flax that I sowed in the early spring are just beginning to show blue. I think full bloom is probably still a week or 10 days away. We’ve had perfect weather this spring for growing flax but the plot isn’t as thick I had hoped…

A Small Plot Of Flax For Home Grown Linen

A Small Plot Sown In Flax

In spite of all the moving/not moving craziness, I managed to sow a small plot of flax for cloth . The variety that I planted this year is called “Marylin”. From first sowing the seed to harvest is about 100 days. I used a garden spreader to sow the flax seed instead of just broadcasting…

Swapping Out Chains For Texsolv Tie Ups On A Kessenich Loom

Swapping Out Toilet Chains For Texsolv Tie Ups

Way back in the 1950′s when Kessenich looms were first being produced, toilet chains teamed up with fishing lure swivels from the local hardware store in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin were used as tie ups to the loom treadles. I suppose it was a good idea at the time, but the chain tie ups on older Kessenich…