After a long two years of research, learning and testing, Súsa Weaving has launched as a small business! You can now buy baby wraps, scarves, cowls and other lovelies direct from our family run studio in Cork, Ireland.
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I’m delighted to say that Súsa Weaving will be having our official launch day at Ireland’s Wear a Hug Fair this Sunday Octoner 9th! We will have a selection of wraps, cowls and bags for sale, as well as some display items from our personal collection. We will also be taking deposits for semi-custom slots on two upcoming warps. At 2pm there will be a weaving demo on my lovely little Harris four shaft table loom – should be great fun, can’t wait!
The fair is on in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, for more information visit: http://www.wearahugfair.ie
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We are delighted to be settling back to weaving and starting the new year with a very special project. Inspiration comes from the cheeky chatty magpie. At a glance, the magpie is a brash and brazen bird in black and white. However, when you look a little closer you find a wonderfully intelligent and strong bird with stunning shimmers of blue, green and oily purple.
The project is already underway with the winding of an organic cotton warp in black and white. Once the warp is wound, we will sley the reed and thread the heddles – then it will be time to start throwing the shuttle! We will be weaving some baby wraps that will go travelling to experienced baby wearers around Ireland – can’t wait to see how they are received!
Here’s how I used to wind my warps when I first started out weaving. It’s a warping board that is simply made from hooks screwed into the wood of a cabinet. I have included a photo of how I create the cross too. Even if you don’t have hooks, you don’t have to wait – you can use pretty much anything to wind a warp. Table and chair legs, door handles, or wooden spoons shoved between books in a bookcase! Don’t let lack of equipment stop you from weaving, go for it and have fun! Happy weaving!
If you want to try out weaving on a four shaft loom but can’t afford to buy one, check out our instructions on building a four shaft table loom using cardboard and bamboo bbq skewers here.
Have you got any handy weaving hacks? Share them with us in the comments below! And be sure to connect with us on Facebook: facebook.com/susaweaving
As part of Heritage Week, a bunch of people who had never woven before came along to check out the Cork Handweavers Guild demonstration at Bishopstown Library. There were displays of spinning, tapestry, table loom weaving. It was a wonderful joy-filled morning. We brought along the cardboard and bamboo loom to give people a go! (For instructions on how to build this loom see our previous post here, you can also connect with us on facebook)
Mary trying her hand at weaving for the first time.
Maria weaving on the cardboard loom – isn’t her handmade crocheted top just so beautiful?
Mary and Maria were great craic altogether!
Michael gives it a go!
Passing the shuttle through the shed.
Ciara and Fionnula – hope to see you at a future guild event!
Fionnula gave weaving a go today.
The hands of many different brand new weavers contributed to this piece.
This section was woven by two young sisters, Grace and Lydia. They took to it so naturally, it was such a joy to see!
Just a quick post to introduce our new floor loom. Her name is Pauline after the wonderful lady who sold her to us. The lady in question had finished up her weaving days due to arthritis and was selling off the contents of her weaving studio, so there were loads of extras included at a very reasonable price. We hadn’t planned on buying a floor loom but when we heard of this offer we just couldn’t resist!
Our new loom (tech specs for those interested Glimakra standard, 120cm weaving width, 4-shaft counterbalance):
Now the problem is we have a very small van, but this is rather a big loom. We spent ages measuring and re-measuring, on phone calls back and forth with the previous owner, and even brushing up on our old geometry skills to work out if the largest parts would fit diagonally. To show you the level of madness, here are stock photos of the loom and the van:
Somehow we had to fit this:
I’m not going to lie, it was quite nerve wracking! Still, off we went on our cross-country trek listening to good old nineties tunes and snacking on croissants and clove rocks. Road trip!
When we arrived at our destination hours later, it was an absolute joy to meet the previous owners. They were a retired couple who were packing up and moving to another country. While we sorted through boxes and began packing we chatted a lot and found out we had a lot in common. She was a weaver, crafter and artist, while he was an engineer – just like us! Their own kids are grown, and so they now have grandchildren to spoil. As we have our own lovely little ten month old boy, it felt strangely like looking into our future. I imagine it must have been emotional for them to be selling on the contents of the weaving studio, but they were very happy to be passing the baton to active weavers/DIYers like us!
The loom did fit in the end of course – here you can see there was only a few cm of clearance to close the doors. And that was after removing part of the van bulkhead, a lever and a few other bits and pieces. Phew! Here’s to a future of happy weaving!
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