I have long admired the beauty of a Canadian Production Wheel (CPW). Long before I became a spinner, I would see them at antique and flea markets and wish I had one, if nothing more than something beautiful to look at. However, my practical nature always kicked in, nothing is just to look at, it had to be useful too.
Fast forward a few years and I had finally learned to spin. Searching on Kijiji I found a working CPW in the Cobourg, Ontario area that eventually made it’s way to me (see here and here for more info). But last year, while participating as a vendor at Fibrefest (of which I will be again this year), another vendor close to me was spinning on a double treadle CPW, and it seemed magical, and I wanted one.
This week, this lovely came home with me.
Upon first inspection I couldn’t find any identifying marks to indicate who the maker might be. But when I took it outside for these pictures, a shadowy mark on the table became visible. I searched on-line and Ravelry, and with almost certainty I will say that it is a Phillias Cadorette, mose likely made in the early 1900’s. This wheel appears to be original except for the hooks on the flyer, which are made from bent nails, we will have to fix that.
Along with the wheel came two bags of carded batts in a blend of alpaca, merino and mohair in a colourway called “Fire & Brimstone”, as well as a bag of mohair/wool roving.
And if that isn’t to my liking, I always have this,
bags of wool and alpaca roving processed at Noble Fibre Mill (sorry, I don’t have a web page link for them) from various fleeces we had.
A few years ago my husband and I purchased a piece of property outside of McDonald Corners, Ontario (that we are now getting ready to start building on). One of the things that drew us there (at least for me) is an organization called MERA (McDonalds Corners-Elphin Recreation and Arts).
From May to October there is a lovely farmer’s market with live entertainment. An artist is featured artist every month in the Dean Hall (and this area has a lot of talented artists). There are workshops (stained glass, basket making, felting to name a few), music concerts and much more, but it was the Schoolhouse Weavers that I was most interested in. I have learned a lot from this group, it has given me more confidence and allowed me to progress with my own weaving.
The MERA Schoolhouse Weavers would like to make more progress too, by purchasing more equipment, such as an 8-harness loom. To help achieve this goal they are selling raffle tickets. First price is an antique coverlet woven by A. MacGillivray Grant in 1912 (currently on display in the Dean Hall). Second price is a multi-coloured rug woven by Ankaret Dean, a schoolhouse weaver. Third price is a silk scarf woven by Lise Loader, also a schoolhouse weaver. The draw will be held on November 18, 2017 at the annual MERA Christmas sale.
As these items cannot be shipped, ticket sales are limited to the Ottawa area, and members will be located at various events to sell tickets. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please let me know.
close-up of coverlet
Angus MacGillivray Grant, Weaver
I like to go to the Leclerc website every so often to see what new free weaving drafts they may have posted and was intrigued with the October 2016 project, Huckaback Scarves.
The picture provided didn’t show a lot of detail, but I decided to give it a try. I used 2/8 tencel from Brassards, the colour code on the label is 11646, but I can’t seem to match it up with what is currently available.
The only modification I made was to the length. It states a finished length of 50″ plus fringe, I prefer some much longer and made a 4 yard warp. I also made sure to weave a 1″ border on each end in plain weave to match the edges of the scarf and to give it some stability. I used just under one spool for this scarf.
Below, the colour of the scarf closely resembles the colour of my husbands tractor in the background, completely unintentional.
Below is the scarf with what remains on the spool.