Saturday, June 29, 2013

John Moss Bobbin News from Janette Meetze's Blog

Janette Meetze has recently added a post to her blog about some of the bobbins available from John Moss.  With her permission, here's the link to that post.

John Moss has been making tapestry bobbins for a few years now.   I know John and his wife, Joy, since they live not far away.  I also know a bit about the back story about how he began to make these beautiful tools.  He describes his introduction to bobbins briefly at his website.  I've used an assortment of styles of the bobbins he makes since he began selling them and I really enjoy each one.

Sometimes students ask me how many tapestry bobbins I have and I have to say that I truly don't know!  I've been buying bobbins for over twenty years now and have quite a lot now, all bought a few at a time.  Bit by bit, the ones that I don't enjoy using as much are put into a separate basket.  Occasionally, I need to pull one or more of them out when I'm working on several pieces.  But, when I unwind left over wefts, I always organize the "favorites" and the "less than favorites" into groups.

In Janette's post she also mentions the Ymmyarns that's she's importing from Australia.  I haven't tried this particular yarn yet but plan to do so soon.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Slit Sewing 101--courtesy of Kathy Spoering's blog

Kathy Spoering is a wonderful tapestry artist who lives in Colorado, USA.  She has a blog at which she posts very inspirational and helpful information.  Recently she wrote (and showed through photos) about her method of sewing slits.  I've asked her if I might link to her post here and she was happy to let me do that.  So... here's here Slit Sewing 101 post link.  I'll also post this at the side margin so it will be easy to find.

Susan Martin Maffei also has a nice tutorial about several slit sewing methods shown at the ATA website at this link.  That's noted in the side margin at links for interest.

And what method do I use?  I usually use the Archie Brennan method that Susan describes.  However, occasionally I still use an interlock for edges where I'm going to be carrying a color quite a long way in a vertical beside another, and where I want to see the "tooth" of the interlock.

All methods are equally good.