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Weaving seminar

Weaving seminar

Echo & Iris

Dear Weavers

There is going to be a weaving seminar in October this year in Brookfield, Brisbane, which is planned and organised by me (BB Yarn Supply). There it is, the cat is out of the bag. I have been thinking about this now for a long, long time. Actually, I would have liked it to take place last year, but Covid made it impossible and the seminar was postponed to this year. (And I really hope that it can go ahead this year!!! Fingers crossed.)

The idea behind all this is quite simple. I was looking for a gathering just for weavers, a fun weekend with lots of interaction, talks, speakers, workshop and support. Basically the ultimate weaving weekend. I know that these days you can further your knowledge in weaving very easily online or completing workshops with zoom. But a zoom workshop will never be the same as one to one, being able to interact with everyone and touch the handwoven pieces made. Anyway: The idea came to me after being asked, if I would like to host a workshop with a tutor from overseas in Brisbane. I quickly looked at the costs having this tutor to fly up, overnight stays, venue hire, overall workshop payment and I had to realise that this would not be possible. I simply would have struggled to get the weavers together to cover the costs. This was before Covid, mind you. And as much as I would have liked to have this tutor come to Brisbane, I just did not see it work. But it did make me think. Eventually I came to the conclusion that we don't really need (as nice as it would be to get to know this person) an overseas tutor here. We have plenty of brilliant weavers here in Australia who are able to give a workshop. Just look around or ask any guilds from the East Coast to the West Coast. That is where my idea started to grow into a seminar. 

I thought I start this weaving seminar small to hopefully, if successful, give it a chance to grow. The easiest way is to give a workshop myself. I asked around the weavers in Brisbane and surroundings on what they would like to have a workshop of and the topic "Echo & Iris" topped all points. So I have put together a workshop on "Echo & Iris" based on the book from Marian Stubenitsky. Instead of having her here, we will follow her book and create our own colour fun. I have also thought about speakers or topic weavers would like to hear about. One topic close to my heart is photography. Do you know how to take an excellent picture of your pieces to be put into an exhibition or show? I always struggle with it, no matter what I have created and I am never sure if the photo I have sent in was good enough. Coming from this idea, I have organised a product photographer who will come and give us great tips and tricks on how to photograph a textile piece. There will also be a talk about Japanese textile and an introduction to the TC loom from Norway.

And for all this we will stay in a large mansion with spa, pool and garden to relax. Here is the program for the two days:

Friday

 

9.30am - 4pm

Echo & Iris workshop, day 1

5 - 6pm

Photography talk by Blake Image Photography, www.theblakeimage.com.au

6 - 8pm

Dinner

8 - 10pm

Weaving presentations (Suzy Furness talks about her TC loom)

 

 

Saturday

 

9.30am - 4pm

Echo & Iris workshop, day 2

5 - 6pm

Japanese textiles, presentation by Kumi Robinson

6 - 8pm

8 - 10pm

Dinner

Show and tell, topic Inspiration

 

 

Sunday

 

- 11am

Breakfast and goodbyes

 

If you would like to read more about this seminar go to www.bbyarn.com and look for weaving seminar or use the link here

https://www.bbyarn.com/collections/weaving-seminar

Okay now listen to this: I have launched the registration two weeks ago, thinking let's see how many people I can get together without promotion. Within 4 days the whole seminar was booked out!!! It went so quick, that some weavers who were interested didn't have a chance to register. It was sort of good and bad. I struggled with keeping up with the registrations and even had to say no to weavers who really wanted to come. But overall I was amazed. It seems that this is really something weavers want. So therefore I thought I'll start a list for weavers who missed out and would like to be on the next one. Yes, I am thinking of either repeating the seminar or having another one next year. But first I would like to see how this one is going and how the venue is holding up. If you would be interested in a weaving seminar next year, let me know and you will be put on the list straight away. When the next registration will open you will be the first to know and able to register. Send an email to sales@bbyarn.com and let me know what you would like.

I sincerely apologise to each one of you who would have liked to come to the first weaving seminar and unfortunately missed out. You will be missed.

I better get going and start organising. There are only 3 months to go. 

Happy weaving

Ursula

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The siblings of the pearl cotton 10/2

The siblings of the pearl cotton 10/2

Pique sample

Dear Weavers

In this month I would like to introduce the little and older brothers/sisters of the pearl cotton 10/2. The pearl cotton 10/2 is the most popular of the UKI pearl cotton series. There are three more yarns available, spun exactly the same way for which the pearl cotton is famous for. I've heard that this yarn got its name for the way it is spun. The twist in the yarn looks apparently like a pearl. I don't know if this is true, but I kind of like the idea of this. A yarn looking like a pearl, sounds good right?

There are two pearl cottons thicker than the 10/2 and one yarn is finer. The 3/2 is the thickest of them all and I estimate that it has about the thickness of a 4ply Australian standard yarn. The 5/2 is a little bit thinner than the 3/2 and the 20/2 is the very fine one. BB Yarn does now stock all sizes of the pearl cottons, but only in white so far. If I ever win the lotto, I promise I will have the 3/2 and 5/2 yarns in all its colours on stock immediately. Until then, we have to make do with the white. The 20/2 pearl cotton is no longer produced in colour and only available in black and white. I have both of them in stock. But should you need one of the 3/2 or 5/2 pearl cottons in colour, this yarn, being a 100% cotton yarn, is very easy to dye. It takes the dye very well and can be boiled, dunked, painted or even sun or freeze dyed. 

Pearl cotton 3/2 = 2548m/kg         100g = 254.8m = approx. 278yds

Pearl cotton 5/2 = 4247m/kg         100g = 424.7m = approx. 463yds

Pearl cotton 20/2 = 16987m/kg     100g = 1698.7m = approx. 1852yds

All of the pearl cottons from 3/2 to 20/2 have the same fabulous price of $16.90/100g

These pearl cotton yarns are good for many weaving projects. The Handwoven magazine has often projects with the 5/2 pearl cotton presented. Like the popular 10/2 pearl cotton, these yarns have a huge versatility of how they can be used. I was looking through my records to find some example where I have used some of these yarns. Maybe I can inspire you to choose one of the yarns for your next project.

Chair pads 20/2

Chair pads, stitched doubleweave, pearl cotton 20/2 in warp and weft, 36epi per layer, woven balanced

Tea cosy pique
Pique fabric, painted 5/2 pearl cotton for the stitcher warp, 10epi
Crepe scarf
Crepe scarf, pearl cotton 20/2 in warp, crammed 36epi and spaced 12epi
Velveteen sample
Velveteen samples for 8+ study group, pearl cotton 5/2 in the warp at 16epi, also in weft for hem and stabiliser
Bookmarks maroon
Bookmarks, pearl cotton 20/2 in warp and weft, pearl cotton 10/2 for supplementary weft, 36epi

Did I make you feel like having a go at one of these yarns? Please do! The pearl cottons are such a easy to use yarn and there are endless projects waiting for you to be completed. The link below will take you straight to BB Yarns website and the pearl cottons. 

UKI pearl cottons

Looking forward to hear from you.

Happy weaving

Ursula

 

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Pullover scarf

Pullover scarf

 Pullover scarf

Dear Weavers

I hope this blog post finds you well and safe. I don't know about you but now that the cooler weather is approaching it makes me feel more productive and I can't wait to sit at the loom for many hours to come. 

This blog is all about the launch of my new Glui7 product, the pullover scarves. These fancy little scarves are now available to buy on the Glui7 website www.glui7.com

What is a pullover scarf, I hear you asking. Well, there is a story behind this product. My husband Roland rides a motorbike to work every day. It is not a very long drive to work, but he finds it the most practical way to wind himself through the city traffic every day. He drives his motorbike in sunshine or rain. So this means he is wearing good protective clothing and of course a scarf wound around his neck. I used to make him many scarves, fine, short, wide.... but none seems to fit him well enough. They always seemed to fall down or unwind leaving his neck exposed. Or the worst, get tangled in the velcro from his jacket. A couple of years back we discussed this problem and he suggested he would like something he could just pull over his head. And of course he also wanted it to be elastic, that it wouldn't fall down and it could also be pulled up over his nose in cold weather. The scarf would have to be wind resistant. Right and here was my challenge. Weaving a tube is easy, I'll do it in double weave I thought. But finding the right yarn to make it elastic, stay up over his nose, was a rather bigger challenge. I tried many yarns, made multiple samples until I finally discovered a yarn with elité from Silk City (USA). It is a viscose yarn with the elastic quality (10% elité factor) in the core. The yarn feels normal until treated with heat, that is when it starts to shrink and get elastic. Therefore weaving with this yarn is easy and very normal. After the scarves are woven I steam iron them. That is when you can literally see them shrink. Amazing! The elasticity of the yarn is not massive, just enough to pull over your head and stay in place if needed. This leaves the scarf more soft and I guess, stays more in shape. Once I figured this out it was then only a matter of time to work out how wide the scarves have to be to fit Roland's head. 

Pullover scarf Pullover scarf

Of course I then thought someone else would like to use one of these scarves and started producing. This was last year, when the coronavirus came along. Because the scarf can be pulled up to cover the nose, it can now also be used as a protection against any bugs or virus. I have to make this clear, it is not a clinically tested mask and won't give you the full protection. But the pullover scarf will keep at least bugs away and can easily be washed. And it is soft and comfortable to wear, not like some masks!!!

Pullover scarf mask

So far I have only produced the pullover scarf for a head size of 56cm. Soon there will be different sizes available. You can now purchase the 56cm size in many different colours. It is made out of 50% cotton, 40% viscose and 10% elité and can be washed in the cold machine wash cycle. It feels beautifully soft, very comfortable to wear around your neck and so quick to put on. For Roland the most positive outcome is, that it doesn't fall down. I have been wearing one of these scarves last winter for testing and I caught myself in the middle of the day still wearing it. Sometimes I left it on because it just felt comforting, but other times I totally forgot it's there. This scarf is so light and soft, that you don't want to take it off.

The scarves are available for $35 each.

Feel intrigued and want to give it a go? Click on the link below or on any picture.

https://www.glui7.com/store/pullover-scarf

Pullover scarf

This is one thing I really, really love about weaving. You can make anything, no matter what the request and it leaves you thinking "what's next".... bring it on!

Stay safe and happy weaving

Ursula

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New Yarn!

New Yarn!

Organic cotton 8/2
Dear Weavers
It has been a while! Life has been rather busy lately and even though I wrote this blog many times in my head, it hasn't made it to the keyboard until now. Sorry guys, will try and do better over the next months. I don't even feel like starting to list what held me back from writing. Too many things.
I was surprised on how many of you reacted to the last blog post about us building our own house at the moment. Thank you for noticing and being such understanding customers. It is a rather personal fact, but because everyone seems to be interested I show you a little pic of what we have achieved so far. 
This housebuilding, actual building, as we are owner builders, is an amazing adventure and experience. It is everything, filled with all emotions from happiness to total frustration. I never thought this can be possible all in one. And of course it is extremely physically hard work. But overall the feeling of pride is just the most powerful of them all. Did we really build this ourselves? Really? When you create a piece of weaving and wear it for the first time, it is such a great feeling, isn't it? But looking at this house and seeing what we've done is probably about thousand time more strong. It's very powerful and extraordinary.
Now to the weaving and yarn news. We have a new yarn on stock! Yes, between all the building and weaving, I actually managed to put a new yarn in stock. It is another favourite weaving yarn, the 8/2 cotton yarn. I chose the Venne organic cotton yarn for it's fantastic quality and beautiful colours. The 8/2 cotton is unmercerised which leaves it gorgeously soft, but still strong and versatile. Like the organic Cottoline, this yarn is certified organic through GOTS standard. This yarn is the perfect weaving allrounder and there is simply nothing that can't be woven with it. You can weave placemats with it, but it is also perfect suitable for curtains or upholstery. It can of course also be blended with other yarns, for example having this yarn in the warp and a Cottoline in the weft. The organic cotton Ne 8/2 comes in 36 colours from natural to lime green. It comes on 250g bobbins and the price is $32.90
Rep placemat 8/2 cotton
Of course I couldn't just list this yarn range and not trying it out first. I thought long and hard and then decided to give it the perfect test. What better way than making rep weave placemats. Having such a high density warp was the perfect test for this yarn. And it performed. Absolutely no problem and it wove up beautifully. This unmercerised 8/2 cotton yarn is truly the perfect allrounder. 
Rep placemats table 8/2 cotton
I liked the rep placemats so much, that I turned it into a weaving correspondence course project. It is now project 2 in level 2 of the course. The placemats are also used in our household daily and make me happy every day at dinner time. 
The colours used for the placemats were 
The sett for the warp was 50epi. Have a try and make your own placemats. There can be so many colour combinations formed with 36 colours and I am sure you will find your favourite in there. To see all colours in cotton 8/2 go to www.bbyarn.com and look for the organic cotton Ne 8/2 range.
Rep placemats with tulips 8/2 cotton
That is all from me this month. I will be back next month with more exciting news. 
If you have any questions about the new yarn or any other weaving concerns, please don't hesitate to call me or write a comment to this blog post. I am happy to answer any questions.
Thanks for reading and happy weaving
Ursula
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2021 is here!

2021 is here!

 Crackle scarf

Dear Weavers

Happy New Year! 

Now that the awful 2020 is gone, I wish you all a prosperous 2021. May this year be better than the last, in every possible way.

I am totally aware that a new year isn't exactly a new beginning. It is basically just another day. A butterfly doesn't know that it is New Years day. It keeps flying looking for a mate if it is New Years eve or New Years day. Just because it is a new year, doesn't mean we are going to have a covid-19 vaccine and the world will turn back to normal. Unfortunately not. Patience is needed and life as it is now, will stay that way for a while to come. Some call it the new normal. But even then, what is a new normal? Can we go back to the normal we used to have? Do we want to?

Over the festive season my husband and I got in contact with our relatives from overseas, as we usually do. But this time it was different. One could hear the sadness in their voices, the despair, the helplessness and the longing for this crisis to be over. One relative even compared the situation over there as living through a war. One friend lost his job, he is a pilot with all his heart and is now driving a bus in a city. All this was heartbreaking for us to hear. And then comes the realization how good we have it here. Especially here in Queensland! We are so so grateful for living far away from the rest of the world and not being affected by this pandemic as much as anywhere else. I hope it stays that way (touch wood).

You probably wonder why I'm writing all this. Well in one way this blog is an outlet for me, for my thoughts and feelings to let go. Nothing to do with weaving really. On the other side, I can show you how I cope with the situation and therefore maybe help you. You might feel the same way and sharing feelings always seems to make things better. Or maybe just by reading this you will feel better, realising that we all go through the same process. 

Here is what I do: I go for a walk every morning and afternoon. No matter what, sunshine or rain, I walk. This helps me clear my head, sorting thoughts in my mind and tanking up on sunshine, vitamin D. Back home I usually fill my day with work, which of course helps me not to think as much about the current situation. The best work is always weaving and if you have the chance to do some, I think it is the best relaxation method ever. Seeing the fabric grow, using different colours to make you happy and the fact you are producing something useful is priceless. Yes, this makes me happy and what else is there better in this current pandemic than doing what makes you happy?

Tussah silk DW scarf

I looked at my yarns from BB Yarn Supply and let my imagination go wild. There is a suitable project for every yarn in my shop. Of course there are many more projects you could do with these yarns, the list below are just some of my ideas. Yes, I do have more, many more ideas. But I restricted it to one project/yarn. See list below:

  • Tussah silk yarn = Double weave scarf with 4 shafts, 16epi/layer
  • Organic cottoline = Colourful T-towels, 20epi
  • Linen yarn 16/2 = Huck lace placemats, 20epi
  • Bambu 7 = Scarf in crackle weave, 16epi
  • Pearl cotton 10/2 = Apron fabric in twill, 28epi
  • Rug warp yarn = Rag rug made out of old clothes or bed linen, 5epi

Apron

Can I also remind you, that some old colours from the tussah silk range and pearl cotton 10/2 are still 20% off. Not many colours left, but still this is a really good offer. In Tussah silk there is only one colour left, the navy blue. It is one of my favorites and I can't really understand why this hasn't been sold yet. Don't you like it? Maybe it is a sign for me to make something with it myself.... or did I just make you feel tempted to go and have a look. I'll give it another 2 weeks, then navy tussah will be mine. ;-)

I hope I was able to make you feel inspired and maybe grab some of the yarns and rush to the loom to weave. I sincerely hope so and I am pretty sure this will make you happy. 

Now to something a bit more private: Last year has been filled with all the worry about the virus, but for us, my husband and I, it has also been an extraordinary busy time. Next to work, business and household, we have decided to build a house. When we started this, the virus didn't even exist. But in hindsight it turned out to be the perfect time to build during lockdown and restrictions. You see, we are owner builders, meaning we are building the house ourselves. It is a lot of hard work, but amazingly rewarding. But this is another story to tell one day. The new house is 400km from Brisbane, so we couldn't just stay there and build for months. We had to take the time, a week here and two weeks there to make it work. Therefore the house is nowhere near finished. While I am away building, orders have to wait until I am back in the office. Some of you, dear customers, might have already experienced this issue last year. It will probably be mostly the same this year. I will do my utterly best to get your orders to you as quick as possible and I thank you already for your patience.

This turned out to be a rather long blog. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for reading. Looking forward to hear from you soon.

Happy weaving

Ursula

Old meets new

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I wish you all a very peaceful and safe festive season. May Santa Claus bring you lots of creative goodies this year to cheer you up after this crazy year.

BB Yarn Supply will be closed from the 19th of December to the 3rd of January.

Online orders can still be placed but will only be processed on the 3rd of January.

Thank you for supporting my business, every order received is valued and I am looking forward to another great year with you.

Happy weaving

Ursula

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Weavings for sale

Weavings for sale

Tartan

Dear Weavers

Can you believe it? Christmas is only four weeks away. And then after Christmas, this year will shortly come to an end. What an year it has been. It is safe to say that this has been a dreadful but extraordinary year. An year we won't forget and hopefully won't ever happen again. If you reading this, then you are safe and healthy like me and very grateful for that.

If anything learnt from this year it is that we should live life at its best. Do not think, yes, I will do that in a couple of years or when I retire. No, from now on we should all enjoy everything we have to live for and what we have or can (allowed to) have. Get yourself something that brings a smile to your face. Like this luxury gadget you have always wanted but thought the money should go on travel expenses. Well no more travelling at the moment so therefore you can now support the artists and buy the beautiful piece of clothing or jewelry you always wanted.

The situation we live in at the moment needs and relies heavily on everything Australian Made. (Which is a good thing that came out of this virus.) Here is where my offer comes into place. This year I sell all my finished handwoven articles for a very special price ready for Christmas and with free shipping. There might be a piece you like and would love for yourself. But I am sure there are also pieces for someone in your family or friends who love a handmade article to treasure for Christmas. There are placemats, shawls, scarves, bags, hand towels, mats and even a sarong for the summer beach. All these pieces are handwoven, handmade with love and very unique. There is only one of each and nobody else in the whole wide world will have the exact same article. Isn't that a treasure?

Apple matBagCheckerboardBlue scarf

All these handwoven pieces were made as a single piece and not meant to be woven ever again. Sometimes the warp was longer than expected and I was able to change and weave something different. Or it was meant to just be a single piece to try out a new pattern. Or it was made for an exhibition and didn't sell. All pieces are perfectly produced by me and should last a lifetime for you.

These handwoven products are available on my website. Once sold, they will disappear. Go to www.bbyarn.com click on collections and then Handwoven articles and you will see the "treasures". Here is the link: https://www.bbyarn.com/collections/handwoven-articles

Or you can buy the same pieces through my Etsy shop. Go to www.etsy.com and search for HandwovenbyBB (one word).

All pieces are offered with free shipping! And should arrive at your doorstep before Christmas.

Please support Aussie made this Christmas and buy one of my beautiful pieces. Thank you!

 M's & O's scarf

Merry Christmas 

Stay safe and happy weaving

Ursula

 

 

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Pearl cotton 10/2 range and its changes

Pearl cotton 10/2 range and its changes

Pearl cotton 10/2

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Weavers

I can't believe Halloween is nearly upon us and Christmas not that far away too. Unbelievable. The festive season this year will definitely not be as usual. I am pretty sure it has something to do with the hovering pandemic which just does not want to go away. Maybe the fact that we are not suppose to gather and have a happy Christmas party. And what about the warm hugs? Oh how I miss a good hug! 

Instead of thinking of what we miss and cannot have, we should look at what we have. So this is the moment when I am going to tell you that there are 7 new fantastic pearl cotton 10/2 colours. Yes!

I base my business on yarns with a certain colour range. I like bright and happy colours and all my yarn ranges do reflect this. My idea always was that I have a certain colour range in stock, so that you, the customer, can always order and re-order the exact same colour again and again. That is also the reason why I offer a free sample card for all my yarns. Unfortunately my idea does not comply with the companies who dye the yarns. Sometimes the colour range changes without notice and there is no other way for me as to adapt. Alas.

Well the company who makes the pearl cotton in the USA has changed directions in their production and reduced/changed the UKI pearl cotton colour range. Unfortunately some of the discontinued colours are in BB Yarns 40 colour assortment of pearl cotton 10/2. There are 7 discontinued colours in the range. I tried to replace them with similar looking colours, hopefully adding another touch of happiness to it.

The discontinued colours are Crab col.#163, Willow green col.#138, Mountain col.#137, Nassau col.#157, Red hot col.#172, Daffodil col.#144 and Oak col.#116. These colours will be available as stock last for 20% off. Therefore a 100g spool will only cost you $13.50. Go to www.bbyarn.com and look for the pearl cotton 10/2 20% off product or simply click on one of the colours below.

Crab col.#163Willow Green col.# 138Mountain col.# 137Nassau col.# 157Oak col.# 116Hot Red col.# 172Daffodil col.# 144

Happy days because the new colours are Natural, Avocado, Mint, Teal, Royal blue, Red and Light yellow.

Natural col.# 79Avocado col.# 50Mint col.# 92Teal col.# 110Royal col.# 16Red col.# 12Light Yellow col.# 40

I can imagine you all look for the pearl cotton sample card at home right now and check out the colours. Which one stays, which one goes.... Many of these discontinued colours were favorites and I can't understand why they have been taken from the range. But that's how it is. And don't worry about the sample card. A new card will soon be available to order from the website. Just go to www.bbyarn.com go to products and click on sample cards. Or you can simply send me an email (sales@bbyarn.com) with your mail address mentioning the new cards. All sample cards are for free and sent out immediately.

I thought while I am having to change the pearl cotton range I might finally change the numbers to the proper UKI pearl cotton numbers. They are totally different numbers than before. But these numbers are well known throughout the weaving world and can be found in all the weaving magazines, especially the Handwoven magazine. Most weaving kits with pearl cotton do also use the UKI pearl cotton numbers. This way it will be much easier for you to follow the instructions from the kit or magazines, as the numbers match perfectly. I will of course leave the old pearl cotton numbers on the website and you will find these in brackets after the new UKI number.

Pearl cotton 10/2 is one of the most versatile yarns in weaving. There are so many creations you can make with this yarn. It ranges from t-towels to apron, table cloths, fabric to wear, curtains... I could go on and on. Yes, I admit, it is probably my most used yarn in weaving.

Pearl cotton fabric

With having seven beautiful colours with 20% off wouldn't this be the best way to give someone the perfect Christmas present? You can either weave something and give it as a gift or you could also consider some spools to be the perfect gift for another happy weaver. Maybe your mum is a weaver and would be happy to weave something with these colours for you? Can I make you feel tempted? Go to www.bbyarn.com

The sett for the pearl cotton 10/2 I normally use is 24epi for plain weave and 28-30epi for twill. But as usual it really depends what you intend to make, so don't stick to these suggestions. Make it the best for your own creations.

I hope you stay safe and I'm already looking forward to write about something else exciting next month.

Happy weaving everyone

Cheers

Ursula

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Spools versus bobbins

Spools versus bobbins

Dear Weavers
This blog post is a little bit different than the previous ones. I won't discuss anything about yarn or colour or even weaving. This blog is about the thing my yarns are wound onto. Or what appears once the yarn is gone.
Do you know the difference between a bobbin and a spool?
You might ask yourself why is this important and what does this have to do with my weaving? Well, this is something which was on my mind for a long, long time. It is not just about the fact that a bobbin is very different from a spool, I would also like to explain to you the reason why my yarns are wound onto these things. So next time you order some yarns I hope you will remember and maybe look at the spool a little bit different than before.
A bobbin is a straight tube
A spool has two disk on either side of the tube
Bobbin
Spools
Spool
You might have asked yourself why most of the yarns from BB Yarns are on spools with exactly 100g on it. The reason for this is that these yarns get delivered in huge cones of nearly half a kilogram. I can't expect you to buy this amount of yarn in one colour. So therefore I wind each colour off into exact 100g amounts. It is for your convenience. This way you don't have to purchase a huge amount in just one colour. You have the best opportunity to purchase a couple of colours together for a project in mind. 
The discs of the spools I use to wind the yarn onto are especially made for BB Yarns out of recycled plastic. It is from plastic that has already been used and melted up again to form the spools. The tube in between is a normal electrical conduit cut into size.The whole spool is assembled and glued together in my garage. Once you finished the yarn from the spool you have three options:
  • Wind your own yarn on it and re-use the spool yourself 
  • Send the empty spool back to BB Yarns for re-use
  • Recycle the spools in your household recycle bin

To encourage the recycle process I would like to offer for every 10 spools to be returned back to BB Yarns a free 100g spool of pearl cotton 10/2 or bambu7 colour of your choice. The spools of course would have to be in good condition for re-use. So if you have 10 empty spools at home, think before you throw them into the recycling bin. Send the 10 spools to BB Yarn Supplies address with your choice of colour in pearl cotton or bambu7. You will find the address on our website www.bbyarn.com

Colour bobbins

While winding the yarns I sometimes feel a knot slip through my fingers. These knots are unfortunately unavoidable and come from where the yarn was produced. Some type of yarns have more knots than others. Bambu7 is one of the yarns which can have a knot or two in it. But I would like to assure you, when I wind these yarns off and feel a knot, I always add a minimum of 2g of yarn more onto the spool. This is courtesy of BB Yarns to make sure you can work around these knots. This way you will be able to cut the knot out and won't loose any yarn from the 100g you have ordered and paid for. My promise to you, dear customer, is for every knot I feel I automatically add 2g of yarn more to the spool. 

To use this opportunity I would also like to inform you that most of BB's yarns are also available in small 8-10g spools. These little spools can be very handy when you like to try out a different colour or use it as a supplementary colour to your weaving. But these spools are also very handy for stitchers or bookmakers. BB Yarns also offers these small spools in colourful boxes with 18 spools in it.

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This is it from me this month. I hope this was informative, not too boring and you enjoyed the read. Let me know if I missed something. If you would like to add any comment on this topic, please do so. 

Stay safe everyone and happy weaving

Ursula

 

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The thread counter

The thread counter

This month in my blog post I would like to introduce a new product to my shop: The thread counter

Those of you who have been to my workshops/classes or talked to me on the phone, know that I only sell accessories for weaving which are extremely helpful and make life in weaving just this little bit more efficient and easier. The thread holder is one of these gadgets which I have sold all over Australia and New Zealand to many happy weavers. To have a look at the thread holder click on the image below.

The needles with ball-point is another article which is just this extra help when it comes to fixing your fabric after weaving. These needles come in three sizes and fit to all of your beautiful handwoven work, fine or coarse. Once you have used these needles, you don't want to ever give them away again. These needles are also very handy for fringing or knotting edges. Click on the image below to get more information.

Needle close up

But now to the thread counter: This gadget is mainly used for counting your picks while weaving. It is extremely difficult to count the picks accurately with a measuring tape and a magnifying glass next to it. Most likely you will loose count at least once. That is exactly where the thread counter comes into place. All you have to do is put the counter on your fabric, look through the glass and count from one end to the other. Each thread counter has marks in metric or imperial. All you really have to do is hold the glass still and count. It is that simple.

Do you wonder why it is so important to count the picks while weaving? I believe to have a stable beat in weaving is one of the most hardest skills to learn. You might start the day weaving with an easy steady beat, but through the day the beat might get harder and harder without noticing. I had a student once who made a scarf. We calculated the weft material and only had the exact amount available. But middle through weaving the scarf she ran out of yarn. Why? Because her beat got harder and harder. She started with the right picks/inch, but through the day it seemed she pushed it ever so a little bit tighter. I then gave her a thread counter to use and it never happened again. Her finished scarf was very one sided, one side quite heavy and the other light and fluffy. A lasting example to keep. So therefore counting your picks is very important. What if you want to weave a product with the same amount of threads in warp as in weft, called balanced? How are you going to make sure you are keeping the beat balanced all the way through? Can only be done by counting. Why not make it easier with a thread counter!

Another great way to use the thread counter is for analysing a fabric. Have you ever come across a fabric and you desperately wanted to know how it is made? With the thread counter you can easily identify each thread and figure out the weaving pattern by yourself. A thread counter is a "must have" if you consider analysing fabrics.

I have two different thread counters in stock for you. One has built in led lights which you can turn on when using. This is my favorite and I use it all the time, every day. This thread counter even comes with a case and it sits in the tray next to my loom.

The second thread counter is foldable and fits in any pocket. This gadget is very handy to take anywhere, fabric store, weaving meetings or even a museum.

Here are the specs for both thread counters:

Thread counter with led light and case (batteries included)

  • Metric & imperial scale measurements
  • High quality die cast metal construction
  • Glass lens with superior optics
  • 10x magnification
  • 3 LED's for illumination
  • Protective zip up storage case supplied
  • Dimensions: height 5cm, width 5.5cm, length 18cm

$30

Pocket linen counter, foldable

  • 8x magnification
  • Biconvex glass lens (silicate glass)
  • Lens diameter: 20mm
  • Open window/foot: 20x20mm
  • mm / inch scale: 20mm
  • Dimensions: height 4.3cm, width 3.4cm, length 3.7cm
  • Weight: 28 grams

$24

All I say is that I could not be the weaver I am today without a thread counter, thread holder or even the needles. Try it out yourself and you will be surprised.

To order some of these accessories go to www.bbyarn.com

That is all from me this month.

Stay safe and happy weaving

Ursula

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