Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sun Spots

I check the sun for spots here every few days in hopes that they will come back, bringing warmer weather. The danger is that if they don’t come back soon we could be headed for another Maunder Minimum. It was 13 here over night and it is lambing time. Luckily so far two ewes have lambed during the warmth of the day and we have four new ewe lambs.

So when I told my dearly beloved this morning that there were a couple of minor blemishes - - not exactly spots, but perhaps an encouraging sign, he said he didn't know why I worried about things I couldn't do anything about.Well, if I can't do anything about it, I don't need to feel guilty that I do need to do something - - clean something, give some creature some vitamin or vaccine to prevent something, advise my offspring to avoid some harm, or write some letter to my newspaper or representatives. I can just worry about it with no strings attached.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


This is the finished band from the box tape loom. The reverse is on the left.
The pattern is from Finland via the band_snoddar yahoogroup’s files. I love this pattern. It has similarities to the black and white pattern I wove for my belt shown in a previous post. The doubled x-shapes remind me of the image of Sleipnir’s eight legs on the Scandinavian Rune Stones.

Monday, March 10, 2008


The design for these comes from an early Pennsylvania tape loom pictured in Pennington and Taylor's Spinning wheels and Accessories.
The difference is that in the original there was only one set of holes and far fewer slots. Fred's looms are more versatile and give the weaver more options.
There are three box tape loom versions. One has just a warp beam and is $225 plus shipping.

The other two have both a fabric and a warp beam and one of those has a removable heddle that could be used on its own or slipped into the box for easier storage. The one with the removable heddle just sold so there would be a short wait for that one.
They are $250 plus shipping.
The looms are made of hard maple, finished with Danish oil and measure 15" long, 14 1/2" tall by 7 " wide - - except for the version with only the warp beam which is about 3" shorter.

All come with sticks to keep the warp even as you wind it on.
Email us at hatton at ptd dot net

Thursday, March 06, 2008

New tape loom band!

My latest tape loom project! The pattern comes the band_snoddar yahoogroup.

Thank you, Louise!