What an honor! I was one of the Etsy folks from around Columbus featured on page 59 of Columbus Monthly Magazine. I am so thrilled! If you came here from Columbus Monthly, here are a few links for you:
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What is the difference between liking what you do and loving it? It is something I thought long and hard about this summer while recovering from surgery.
I like dyeing my scarves. I like shibori and the magic I see when I pull the dried scarf off the poles. I like the colors and challenges and chemistry and working with silk. And that is a good thing. However, I don’t wear scarves day-to-day. I am really not a scarf person. And it is hard to sell something you don’t wear.
But I love weaving. Specifically, I love weaving from archaeological sources. My library is full of source material. I dream in weaving drafts and love to warp the loom. Dyeing the yarns to match period colors. Drafting the weave. Finishing the cloth. It is as close as I can get to time travel. As a friend said, I have always had my head there.
I think you are going to see more and more history here; natural dyes, sources, projects. I have three medieval commissions. I also have a copy of a weaver’s account book from 1814 with his drafts and dye recipes. And I will be twining prehistoric Hopewell fabrics. this is where my head is. My passion.
This is the difference between like and love.
Take the flyer unit on its bases over to the bike. Put the bottom base onto the dowels. Screw the bottom base onto the dowels.
On the main part of the bike, behind the tension knob on the frame, drill a 1/4″ hole all the way through the frame. I suggest taking a large nail and a hammer to mark where the hole is supposed to be. Otherwise, the drill cannot get a good surface to drill and it will skitter across the round surface.
Take one of the pulleys and insert the 1/4″ dowel cut to about 6″ in length. Thread the dowel through the hole in the bike. Put the other pulley on the other side. You may have to pound the pulleys a bit on the dowel to get them close to the bike frame.
Take some good twine or cotton yarn and thread up through the flange on the left side over the flyer, down the flange on the right side, behind the pulley, through the front of the wheel, around to the back of the wheel, behind the left pulley and up through the left flange again. Tie it really tight. You may have to adjust the tension drawer pull to increase the tension. If the drive band tends to fall off the pulleys, pound the pulleys closer to the wheel. It will likely take some fiddling to get the drive band to catch and start turning the flyer. But once it does, you will be on your way to making yarn!
If want me to do the work for you and put together an exercise bike/spinning wheel for you, please contact me using the form below. Keep in mind, I live in Ohio and delivery via UPS or USPS would be really expensive.
Put the top base with the flyer unit on top of the bottom base and center it. Mark the bottom base and the left side (the thin part) of the top base for hinge placement. Drill the top and bottom base and screw in hinges so the top of the base can open like a book.
Put the flyer assembly back on the top base and screw it in. Look at the front of the flyer unit where the flyer meets the front maiden. Mark on the bottom base parallel to one of the whorls, about 1″ from the outside edge of the bottom base on each side. Drill a hole to match your flange size.
On the right side of the bottom base, on the side, drill a 1/8″ pilot hole towards the front for a cup hook (to hold your threading hook).
Now take the whole thing apart. Sand and finish all of the wood. I suggest using Danish Oil or a good quality polyurethane. Take a few days to get it right.
If you notice, on the bottom base, I wrote the typical yarn sizes and their wraps per inch. If you decide to do the same, stain the wood first, write on the wood (I used a Micron Pigma Black Marker size 01), then use the polyurethane.
Put the whole unit back together. Next: Final Assembly ->