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.


Jimmy has gone through a bit of a change as my business has grown and changed with the interests of my clients.

Jimmy is no longer where I weave Desert Nights fabrics, but, thank goodness, my Nights fabrics are still very much in demand and are such a joy to weave.

I have started weaving rep weave on Jimmy for a special request of an international client. I have been enjoying weaving it up and it goes pretty fast.

This colors for this first fabric is the choice of the client. Then I want to start weaving with more contrasting colors. These are delightful colors and will enjoy every minute of this!

When I have an "in-progress" photo, I will put it here!

Jimmy's past and Jimmy's beginnings below!

Here's my 'friend' Jimmy.  He's named after my husband, Jim, who won this wonderful loom in a raffle for $5!!!  It was during a show held in Phoenix, AZ, and their raffle was the most huge, wonderful, generous raffle I've EVER seen.  Well, the truck and trailer were totally full, so we had to travel back the next week to pick it up!

I am weaving my newest series, "Desert Nights" on Jimmy in a 4-Harness Shadow Weave.  $35/yd.  Jimmy has been so well cared for by a lovely owner that I never knew and he is so smooth and easy to weave on!  Colors will always be jewel tones with black or midnight blue (a color I never saw for real until living in these beautiful mountains).

Inspired by my "Desert Daze" fabric (see Deedle in my 'friends' list), "Desert Nights" is a much lighter weight fabric and could be used for next-to-the-body shirts, blouses, skirts and, if fully lined, would make a lovely jacket. Content is cotton with rayon, silk, bamboo, nylon, Lurex or any combinations therein!  I had woven off yardage for AFAF in Albuquerque and thought I'd have enough for the TX show, but could only take orders of one of them that I had woven in black 20/2 perle cotton and silver Lurex!  Who else do you know that weaves in...moonlight?

Notice the warp beam loaded to the MAX with 62 yards of 20/2 perle cotton, and 10/2 unmercerized cotton.  This length is all I could get with these smaller threads because I wanted to use the maximum weaving width.  I will order more colors before dressing Jimmy again (yes, from Lunatic Fringe), but the color scheme will remain...the earth at my right hand as I weave in the colors of the day, and at my left... the sky...

I just have to say a BIG thank you to the nice people at Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts.  The Crowne Plaza where we stayed for this event is at 2532 W. Peoria Aveue in Phoenix.  They allowed us to STORE this loom in a locked, back working area, and, though we offered to pay them, they would not let us!  They are in the North Phoenix-Metro Center and they made it possible for us to get Jimmy home!!!!

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