Amazing Weavers!

Amazing Weavers!

A lovely lady JulieB, over on Ravelry, has been rocking her Accordion! I asked for permission to bring a couple photos to share! She has special 18 inch rods for her loom as well as the others. Just a few neat things… I love how she is using a little tension rod to act as a warping trapeze… and the little white baskets on her stand leg supports! (adorable!)
 
And then look at the lovely long scarf that she wove… and the most amazing of all, is the lovely piece of card weaving, with a zillion cards and she is just laying the unwoven warp over ONE rod and has daisy chained the leftovers in bunches with a few little weights… and she is using the front take up rod for the woven band! She said in hindsight, she thought to wrap it over the far back rod and remove the front top rod so she would have EVEN a longer throat in which to weave! I find it amazing that she gets enough tension that was to make a beautiful band.
 
I am SO tickled to see the ways that people are loving and adapting these two looms! It is more than I ever imagined. We are SO pleased to be able to offer this multi-function, adaptable, many style weaving loom for such a reasonable price. It just tickles me to no end at the amazing creativity of our Windhaven Weavers!!!!!!!!!!
I love how she is using an inexpensive tension rod to be a warp trapeze…  how clever!!!  This allows her to thread on her warp to the back take up rod of her loom with nice tension!
And look!   She has added a baby sister loom to her herd…  a cute little Concertina!!!   Can’t wait to see all the amazing things she will add to her creative stash!   You rock JulieB!!!   Thank you so much for allowing us to share some of these awesome shots!
I think we are going to try and spot light some of our amazing Windhaven Weavers in future posts!   If you would like to have your work spotlighted on our blog, just drop me a note at:
Sherri@chekal.com
Thanks!!!
Work Shop Updates…

Work Shop Updates…

Hi everyone!

So sorry for the lack of posts here on our shop website!  We are just plain BUSY!

Miss Maggie just celebrated her third anniversary as a full time woodworker and let me tell you, she has been SUPER BUSY!

She actually has now made over 8,000 fiber tools and looms for you all!   Yes, Eight Thousand!

That is 7 items a day.  No days off!  Isn’t that crazy!

Now, actually, some of those things she doesn’t actually make.  Like the new weaving cards or some of the fiber we offer, or a few support things like the crochet hooks or the needlefelting tools…  but still, she hand makes the majority of the items we offer!

Jessy, her older sister, does all the shipping and mailing and organizes the schedule for the workshop as to what gets done each day.  As you can consider, it is hard to work on one item and then the next as they come in.  We do have a lot of our smaller shuttles and hand tools in stock now, but anything larger gets made by hand, as ordered.  We’re just not to a point of having a lot of big looms in stock, though we sure wish we did!!!

As a result, Maggie makes some looms in groups.  Like she will make 3 or 4 MInstrels or Concertinas so that she doesn’t have to stop and change the machines over and over.  It’s like a mini-assembly line!  She usually has plenty of orders so no orders get set aside for more than a bit, but the main problem lately, is that Miss Maggie can get anywhere from 5 to 15 orders a day!!!  Everyone loves her work!  We sure do…

 

 

Good thing we have good old Tiffany, our Ford F150 pickup!   She is almost 20 years old and used to hauling hay and critters but now she hauls looms!!!

I hope to start writing here just about every day, to keep everyone up to date on our offerings, how the shop is doing and how many orders/looms are in the works.  Just so people can know what is up!  It’s hard sometimes to keep in touch with all the people who have ordered, so doing something here would be a lot easier on us so that we can keep working on everyone’s looms!  Thanks for understanding!

 

And if you need to reach us…  be sure to check out our various online connections!

Thanks everyone!

Sherri, Maggie and Jessy and the whole crew!

 

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/WindhavenFiberTools

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Thanks for visiting!

Wow! Are we busy!

Wow! Are we busy!

We want to say a HUGE thank you to all our customer-friends!   We so appreciate you and your kindness!  You have helped us to have our best month ever…  160 orders in the month of March 2017!

We normally average about 80-90 orders a month, so this was quite a lot more!  A couple times we’ve had to have friends come and help and we hustle pretty much every day on our works.

We sure do appreciate your patience as we get through orders.  Trust us, we would love to have everything in stock and ready to ship the next day, but we’re just a little family run shop right now, just basically we three ladies and we’re just not there yet.  Someday!

We try and work all the orders as they come in.  We have started to get a wee bit of inventory done, mostly things like shuttles, lease sticks and weaving needles.  These items are simpler then our weaving looms and often once we set up to do some, an extra couple is not hard.  And if you order some of our decals or weaving cards, they might go out pretty quickly because they don’t have to go through the wood shop.

Jessy handles all the shipping and packing of orders!   She has help often but she is the manager of it all.  She deals with all the shipping and tracking information as well as entering the listings and doing all the photography for new items.  She has a full time job these days!  She also handles her own company, Dragon Mountain Treasures, which sells rocks and mineral kits to kids!

Wow!  It’s a cool story, actually.  You have helped to keep our little village post office open!  It was scheduled to close, which would have been sad!  (It’s only a 1/3 a mile from our homestead farm!)  But when we moved in with all our mail order business, they had to keep it open!   There is another fellow in town that makes and sells pocket knives and such and between us, we provide a whole town with a close by post office and the staff’s jobs!  There are two nice ladies that work there.   I think that is really nifty, don’t you?

Thanks to everyone!!!  We sure appreciate it!

Designing our Wool Picker

Designing our Wool Picker

One of the products that we have wanted to offer is a personal wool picker.  Something strong and functional for the fiber artist that is also easy to store and use.  We envision the spinner or weaver that processes a few fleeces a year.  And best of all, we want it to be extremely reasonable in price!  We feel that many fiber tools are just too expensive for what they are.  It makes the craft difficult for people to get into because of the investment of the tools that make it easy and enjoyable.

That being said, the picker is a rather complicated beast!  It involves a good deal of cabinetry skills, clamps, lots of holes drilled and nails placed at angles.  Maggie and Mom spent an afternoon with a set of basic plans and began to try and build one to specs…  not much alteration.  We wanted to see how one goes together and how it works when finished so that we could put our Windhaven spin on the thing!

One thing that we did notice right off the top is that this design is a little too short.  We would like to see the ends extend out more, to give you a longer stroke of the top piece and pull the wool over the points.  That’s easy enough to do when we get to production.

We found there is a bit too many pieces to cut and clamp…  we can make it a lot easier and more sound by using a router for the track and such.  The instructions we were following were clearly for a very minimal workshop without a lot of nifty tools!   That’s fine, but we want to make something that will be in your family for years and years if you wish!  And we want to be able to make it in a way that doesn’t take hours and hours!

 

We love making things!  And making them better!  Maggie really has an eye for how to craft things in wood!   Not sure where she got it, but she sure understands it all.  It’s remarkable to watch her make and figure things out.  Mom Sherri is the weaver and a class A tinker designer as well, so these two get together and some neat things happen!   It’s how most of our looms and tools have been developed!

Looking good!  Everything works, the tines line up pretty good and we are happy with the router edge and how it is functioning.  Still need to finish sand and wax it up and apply a handle.  But so far, so good!

Now, it’s into the studio to start working and get tested.  We already have a few things we’d like to change and we will!   But we thought we would share with you how we do things around here.  We decide to make something and research it.  Then we make a few prototypes and test them.  Sometimes we test for weeks and months!   We want to make sure it’s ready for production and our customers!   It’s very important to us.  We will release no tool before it’s time.

We’ll be sure to let everyone know when it is finally ready!