Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Horizons



Fresh run of towels woven with organic cotlin yarns I just pulled off my Gilmore Jack Loom.  Next up is the finishing which consists of running a zig zag stitch between each towel, washing and drying the long run of towels, the first pass of my iron, cutting the towels to size, hemming and the final pressing of each towel.   Lastly, photography of the towels and posting in my Etsy shop.  Lots of work but each step is enjoyable and the finished towels are a pleasure not only to weave but to use.

I have been long contemplating where I want to go with my weaving and have been toying with the idea of learning about using a drawloom.  Step one, I purchased the book Damask and Opphamta by Lillemor Johansson from Amazon this morning.  This book is a go to for learning and understanding how to operate a drawloom.  Next up will be the search for a used Glimakra Standard countermarch loom,  yes, dear readers I have had two of these looms in the past and sold both of them.  I am kicking myself for letting them go.  Need a Glimakra Standard loom and the drawloom attachments for that loom so I can learn to weave using the drawloom attachments.



Swedish and Scandinavian weaving looms and drafts are once again calling my name, it is time for me to heed the call.  After several years of ignoring the call to weave what I want to weave I have decided to ignore what the online market wants me to weave beginning with the next warp on my looms.  Weaving for the online market is not making me happy, it is high time I do what I want to do and let the chips fall were they may.  Yes, my Etsy shop will remain open but I will begin selling only textiles that I enjoy weaving in the shop.

New horizons are a joy to contemplate - as a friend of mine says "onward"

Happy Weaving!

Please visit my  Etsy shop  --  Thistle Rose Weaving by clicking here -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thank You!


This beautiful handwoven towel arrived in today's post.  Beth Mullins - https://www.etsy.com/shop/frederickavenue

is the talented weaver who created this beautiful piece.  What a lovely housewarming gift from a very talented weaving friend.  Pepper and I are delighted with the towel and think it looks smashing in our new kitchen.

Thank you Beth!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Studio


We have settled into our new home here in Minnesota, the house is unpacked and the dogs have settled into new routines.

Here is  my new weaving studio complete with a working gas fireplace and a separate office area (the office is through the doorway on the right side of the picture). 


Next up, warping up my looms.

Happy Weaving!

Please visit my  Etsy shop  --  Thistle Rose Weaving by clicking here -





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Warps Completed While On The Run


While trying to sell a house along with traveling out of state to look for and purchase a new house I did manage to get two warps woven.  This 8 yard warp of cotlin I call the "Scottish Heather Series" of towels it was a joy to weave.  Seven towels are complete and ready for my Etsy shop's reopening in April.



My camera has difficulty with the bright fiesta oranges, pinks and reds - the picture is a bit off.  This colorful 12 yard cotlin warp yielded 11 finished rainbow block towels.  They too will be posted in my Etsy shop in April.

Whew, two warps completed while on the run and I have a few more days to try and get a small warp on one of the looms before the moving company arrives to pack us out.

Speaking of looms, I am the very proud owner of a B5 Macomber - she has 4 harnesses with room for 6 more.   I have long wanted a Macomber loom and I am just delighted to have finally found one to call my own.  No worries, fellow weavers she is a keeper - I won't be selling her off to the highest bidder.  Did I mention I love her - I LOVE HER!  


Need to get back to the loom.

Happy Weaving!

Please visit my  Etsy shop  --  Thistle Rose Weaving by clicking here -


Monday, January 9, 2017

Return of a Favorite Draft


With the new year came an idea to return to an old favorite weaving draft.   This version is woven with some periwinkle blue and a nice lavender stripe.


Same draft woven with cream and light steel gray cotlin yarns.


Red, my favorite color - except for cobalt blue which is my second favorite.  How can I go wrong, Blue Willow dishes in cobalt blue sitting on top of a nice red cotlin towel.  


My newest little project, pure beeswax thread waxers.  Made 7 of this type of thread conditioner - they are listed in my Etsy shop if you are interested.  Weavers can also make use of these waxers - try waxing your floating selvages they will be much stronger and less apt to break.

Need to get back to the loom.

Happy Weaving!

Please visit my  Etsy shop  --  Thistle Rose Weaving by clicking here -



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 - A Year Of Looms

2016 was the year of looms coming and going in my studio - all in the quest to find that perfect for me loom.


I started the year with a lovely Glimakra Standard Loom - sold her in January.



Replaced the Glimakra Standard with this Schacht Standard 46" 8/10 - sold her in April.


Replaced the Schacht Standard with this Toika Lissa 50" 10/12 - sold her in June.


Replaced the Toika Lissa with this Leclerc Colonial 60" 12/14 - sold her in August.


Replaced the LeClerc Colonial with a Structo Artcraft Loom 42" 8/10

I would love to **Trade** this Structo Artcraft Floor Loom for a small Harrisville, Baby Wolf, Baby Wolf Pup or LT, or a small floor loom in very good shape.

Located in Metamora, IL  Pick up only, no shipping.


Lots of looms went in and out of my studio and I am still on the search for the perfect for me loom, I will find it it is only a matter of time.

Happy Weaving!

Please visit my  Etsy shop  --  Thistle Rose Weaving by clicking here -



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Monk's Belt Table Runners


With the holiday season weaving done for the year I felt like it was a great opportunity to weave some table runners that reflect my love of traditional salt glaze pottery.  The monk's belt draft is woven with the bottom side up making for easier treadling.

Warped up another set of these table runners with slightly different colors, they will go on the loom next.

Happy Weaving!



Please visit my  Etsy shop  --  Thistle Rose Weaving by clicking here -