The Weaver's Dance

On a loom that whispers, with shuttles that fly
And bobbins that chatter as the hours go by
I'll not lay in one thread of mere chance
As I work in the motion of the weaver's dance.


Here's my old friend, Grace.  I weave a very light, sheer 10-Harness Huck Lace yardage on her.  $31-$36/yd.  Most often, I weave natural white on the bleached white 54/2 cotton warp, but light values of color look great on her, too.  I always thought that she would be good for dyeing, but there hasn't been much interest.  Grace's fabric is mostly used for light summer tops, skirts, dresses or, if fully lined, makes a wonderful all-season blouse.

Grace is my adventurer as she is the only loom that traveled to NM completely assembled.  After I warped her up with 40 yards of 60/2 perle cotton, we were told that we could retire (and thus move away) earlier than expected.  Exciting, wonderful....but what about Grace!  So, I prepared her as best I could, tying up anything that could bang around loose during travel while on the 18-foot flat-bed trailer that we were using to move ourselves to New Mexico.  I even used wide stretch wrap to try and protect her and it seemed that she would do alright....I'll bet you KNOW that I was praying the whole WAY!  Well, we're traveling down the highway somewhere in southern Lincoln county and we see the cows on both sides of the road are bolting away from us and running away FAST!  So, I put down my window just a little and heard this very loud screeching noise!  We stopped to see what it was and there was a weakness in the stretch wrap where the wind was rushing through and making the sound!  We tried to close it, to tape it, but nothing worked, so off we went SCREECHING all the way to Magdalena!  Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
Grace is a little difficult to weave on and, in fact, I have often said I need a little grace to weave on her.  She had at least 3 owners before me and each added some harness assemblies at greatly different times and even the tie-ups don't match.  But, it's okay....I love her and am honored to this day to have her.

The fiber content of most of the yardage from Grace is cotton, but I commonly weave 20/2 rayon on her and I will put bamboo and lyocel on her when I can find it small enough!  I recently dressed her with 40/2 perle cotton from Lunatic Fringe and I love it!

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