Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weaving Windfall

Recently I drove to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, in Lakewood, WA, seeking a copy of Handwoven Magazine. I searched all through the racks to no avail. They stock magazines for every other fiber art. But none for weaving. Unless I buy a subscription I am going to be out of luck. My mail person mangles my mail and I am not really excited about paying good money to receive bent and torn weaving magazines. I do have some older Handwovens in my magazine collection but nothing from the last 12 years. Then yesterday I was contacted by a fellow weaver who was purging some items from her studio. Books, yarn and some magazines. Did I want them? Heck yeah.

Much of the yarn looks to be from the 70's. Lots of rather drab earth tones. But I will perform burn tests on it, and if it's wool I can over dye it. There was also some thinner cottons to be used for dish towels. Here's what else was included. Be still me heart! Look at all these Handwovens. 39 of them!

That should keep me inspired for a while. There were also some copies of Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot and older Interweave magazines.

And books! There were a few that I already owned, but all of these are new to my fiber library.

And last but not least, a couple of rag shuttles. With bobbins.

Christmas came early for me. I am so thankful for the generosity of my benefactor. Now I will have to pay it forward by destashing some more items from my studio that I know I will never use.


Restless Knitter said...

You can subscribe to Handwoven digitally now. It's not the same as having the actual magazine in your hands but at least it's not mangled by the postal service. When my current paper subscription expires, I'm going to give it some thought. It's through (search for Handwoven). The thing I don't like about it is you either have to read it online, or you can download an app to read it offline. I'd rather have something like a pdf. On the other hand, it wouldn't hurt to cut down on stuff I have to find a place for.

crazihippichic said...

I confess that I love paper books and magazines. I'm not very politically correct or much of a geek. Kindles and nooks? No thank you. Even though my books and magazines are threatening to take over my home, I still love them so.