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My Intro

So, I'm Eilidh Swann. I'm out in Caid (southern California), and I tend towards drop spindle spinning more than any other textile art. I'm also very interested in natural dyestuffs, embroidery, period sources for knitting, and especially narrow-wares like braiding, laces, finger-loop braids, kumihimo, and card-weaving. I had several projects photographed on my photo site, cayswann.com. Currently, I've just acquired a 4-harness Leclerc floor loom from a friend in my barony, although I've never really woven anything. How could I pass it up? I have a great wheel, on which I LOVE to do demos with our kingdom, and can even break it down to fit into my tiny little Festiva. But I'm really a drop-spindle girl, more than anything.

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mshollie
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
I haven't been in the SCA in a long time, but I joined the group. I'm interested in fiber arts of all forms, medieval or not. Like you, I'm a drop spinner and also enjoy weaving narrow wares.

I acquired a rigid heddle loom not too long ago and have several backstrap looms. I'm really interested in backstrap weaving, although that probably is SCA-incorrect.

I don't have room in my house for a floor loom. Lucky you for acquiring one. I'm thinking about getting a pocket wheel, but they're a little too rich for my blood right now. Maybe after I get some more work coming in.

Congratulations on the new group! I'm looking forward to participating.
mothie
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Hi Eilidh,

Great idea! I joined too. I've revved up my drop spindle lately as a friend has just learned and is all fired up. I love the energy of newbies! And her fine spinning gives mine a run for the money.

Eichling taught her -- Steph from Schuyler House. Therese knows her too. We're quite a fiber enclave!
affreca
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Like mshollie, I haven't played much with the SCA for a while (I go to about one event a year, mostly to catch up with high school friends), but I still love the fiber arts. I've played some with a drop spindle, but I'm not terribly impressed at my yarn yet. I bought a small inkle loom last spring, and I've been playing with card weaving on it. Lastly, I've been experimenting with natural dyes. I'll try to scan in my samples at somepoint, I am trying each dye with multiple mordants and fabric types (wool, cotton, linen, silk).
fiadnata
Oct. 16th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'll try to post an intro after Midrealm Crown Tourney on Saturday -- too busy until then. But I have to ask -- how do you protect your Great Wheel as you transport it to demos? I got one, this past spring, and am trying to figure out how to carry it safely to and fro. (My Peer isn't helping my nervousness much, since he keeps saying, "There wasn't even a United States when that was built!" It dates from 1780, we believe.)

Any suggestions?
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