The Slow Death of Vintage Skills

This author begins by exploring why a particular scene in a show has remained on her mind for an entire day, the scene is a woman being told that her bobbin lace in antiquated.

“Skills like knitting, sewing, cooking from scratch, canning, gardening and, yes, making bobbin lace seems to belong to a bygone era”

From there this author begins to explore how education began, at the mother’s knee with the children involved in all aspects of everyday life to one extent or another.  Food preparation has fallen by the wayside, including canning, baking bread from scratch, etc.  Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc. this author laments not learning these skills when she was younger at her grandmother’s knee.  Gardening gets a mention also.

“BUT!  I see a revival!!!  Homeschoolers.  Backyard Farmers.  Crafters.  Survivalists.
Homesteaders.  These movements are growing and beginning to cross paths.  They are cool, hipsters, conservatives and hippies.  This “vintage revivalism” is gaining momentum.”

As people get more involved in understanding the health impact, and economic impact, of their choices in life they begin to go back to what was old.  I am really hoping that these skills are seen as valuable since Olean Public Library will be holding classes on them over the summer!


How to Use a Bead Loom: 10 Things You Must Know

  • Have all of the materials and tools you need on hand
  • warping the loom
  • adding the first row of beads
  • making sure that the tension is accurate
  • ending and adding threads
  • weaving in tails
  • removing the pieces
  • finishing techniques
  • etc.

Essentially this article is just a list of things that will be taught in a beading loom class that will be offered through interweave.

‘Back to the Future’ Inspires Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing

This is a really neat article that reminds me, we are truly living in an age of innovation.  Everything from Stainless Steel fiber for spinning yarn to copper filaments to weave with technology is becoming such a part of every day life.  I love that old things and new things are interacting and interlacing in such amazing ways to create brand new things.

This article talks about a copper filament that is being created that can be woven into fabric.  Even more exciting this filament captures solar energy and can store it like a battery.  The future might include charging your cell phone by walking down the street on a sunny day.  Perhaps even charging your car, or making money as you take a walk and release the stored energy back into the grid.

These are fascinating times!  Thanks to all of the researchers that work hard to create these amazing innovations!

Things We Love, Baby Blankets

This is a good, short, article that reminds the reader that weaving (or anything) for a baby has more considerations than for any other type of person.  I know when crocheting for babies there are certain patterns that I look at and all I can think of is the baby getting their little fingers and toes stuck in all of the holes!

The Tapestry Heart Project

This is a great article by the tapestry artists Rebecca Mezoff.  With the current political climate Mezoff decided to challenge her tapestry students, and anyone with an interest in tapestry, to weave a tapestry heart.  She details techniques, possibilities for alternative arrangements and methods, and so much more.  This is a neat article and a fun project with details about what materials should be used in addition to printable templates.  I loved seeing the heart tapestry that Mezoff created, I will have to dig up the patience to try something like this.

Cotton Sizes for Overshot

This article reinforces how much there is to know/learn about weaving.  How utterly complex it can be and how endless the possibilities are.

“Probably the most common yarns/setts for contemporary overshot fabrics are 10/2 cotton for warp and tabby weft at 24 epi and either 5/2 pearl cotton or 3/2 pearl cotton for the pattern weft. The fabrics woven with these yarns/setts are usually sturdy fabrics in a weight suitable for placemats and towels. 3/2 pearl cotton would also work (and not be too heavy) for the draft you’re using with 5/2 cotton, unless the pattern-weft floats are very short (this would be for a delicate design, usually looking very twill-like). In that case, the 3/2 pearl cotton weft would not pack in well enough and you’d see streaks of the tabby weft between pattern picks. By the same token, if your overshot design has long pattern-weft floats with large blocks of pattern, a 5/2 pearl cotton pattern weft is likely to be too thin to cover the blocks; in that case, you’d also see streaks of the tabby weft between pattern picks.”

Wool has the ability to swell, or full, to fill in some problem spaces whereas cotton does not have such flexibility.  I look forward to experimenting with some of these function in the future!