Saturday, James, Shadow and I went on a road trip over to Georgia. It was about a two hour drive one way which is not bad, but is certainly the longest that Shadow has had to go in the car with us. I was proud that he handled it just fine. In fact, the ride back he generally slept – but I get ahead of myself. We were heading over to pick up my new-to-me Leclerc 45” Tissart tapestry loom. James had seen it in a guild newsletter. I measured the space in the room of strings and it would fit. I made an offer, she accepted and so we went to pick it up! We took the van, but the loom still needed to be disassembled since we only took out one of the bench seats. It all fit and a couple of baby gates kept Shadow out of the parts.
So here are all the parts once we got home – and the assembly process – and the new-to-me loom in it’s new home! I’m excited and overwhelmed at the same time. If you remember from last March at my class in John C Campbell, that class was the first and only time that I have warped a floor loom. Now this isn’t a floor loom, but there basically the same principles – it’s just vertical and I only have two harnesses. I’ve been offered much help and instructions. I’m not worried and I’m just giving myself some space and time to do it right. First step – I don’t have a warp board or rattle – so we’re starting there with building some!
In other areas, I want to give an update on the blogging advice. I’ve receive a great deal of good tips and I wanted to share what’s working for me. I’m using the free Picasa from Google for the processing pictures. There is an automatic export function that resaves the pictures in a web-friendly size into another folder. I immediately export and work with those. Then, the second software is also free and is Windows Live Writer (Thanks Lyn and Janet!) It’s part of an entire Microsoft suite and allows easy creation and editing on my computer. In fact, I simply cut and paste the pictures from Picasa. When I’m finished, I upload the entire entry at once. This entry took 30 minutes – including the upload of the pictures from my camera. The actual blogging time is about 10 minutes once the pictures are on the drive! Loving it!
One last thing – a Shadow update – he hounded me for a baby carrot when I was munching on them in the kitchen. I gave him one. He sort of ate it – but actually treated it like a chew toy. So since he LOVES sticks in the backyard, I bought him a pound of carrot sticks. A little wiggle and he sits right down to chew it up tail wagging to beat the band. He eats about 2 bites and shreds the rest – which do end up in his food bowl later. Is that not funny???