Jocelyne, my quilting-roadtrip friend, emailed me during the week to say she thought she had some weaving supplies I might be able to use, and would it be okay if during her travels on Saturday could she stop by. Hell YES! :)
Now, I didn't really know what to expect. She had said that years ago she had acquired a loom but had never used it and had given it to a lady she knew who would. Along that same line, she had purchased at an auction, what looked to be the stash and tools from someone who obviously had done tapestry weaving.
She mentioned that even the tapestry loom, if not an actual tapestry as well was at the auction - she didn't buy it, and wasn't sure if anyone did.
Anyways, yesterday she arrives, and lo and behold, there were 5 boxes and a huge rubbermaid tub!
Four of the boxes and the rubbermaid tub were FILLED, I mean FILLED with wool. On first touch, it reminded me of Briggs & Little worsted weight wool. Beautiful heavy duty wool, and most had been wound into cakes (center-pull balls). There are a dozen or so that are still in skeins. Some still have the tags on them. They're from Condon's Yarns, a store/mill that operated out of Charlottetown, PEI from 1931 through 1989. These have been around for a while. And that's apparent by the somewhat musty odour of them. But that's nothing that won't wash out once they're made into something.
This morning I had to pull them all out to see how much and what colours were buried in these boxes. Drool over these!!
sorted by colour on my 6' by 3' table in my quilting room
and this rag-tag box of wound balls in a variety of colours
I haven't counted how many there are... yet. (edit: approximately 132 balls) But the range of colours is wonderful, and for the most part they're all the same type of wool. I could tell by the feel of a couple of the balls there was an acrylic or acrylic mix there, but only a couple.
The other box, was a treasure trove of weaving tools!
There are 2 beautiful boat shuttles, a manual bobbin winder, 3 warping paddles, some warping pegs that you can clamp to a table, and more than a dozen tapestry/wool bobbins, most of which all have the Leclerc name on them. And in the paper bag, 6 packages of plastic tatting shuttles, 2 per package.
I'll have to lay them all out and take better pictures. Plus there are a few pieces I don't know what they are.
We sat, had coffee, chatted, and she didn't want a cent for any of it. I'm so thrilled! Plus I wasn't expecting that there would be boat shuttles, I only have one, so this will make things much easier for changing colours when I weave.
One of Jim's friends had asked a few weeks ago if I could weave him some wool fabric so he can make himself a new vest. I'm sure I can do that now!!
I also see quite a few wool blankets in my near future. I'm sure the homeless shelters could use them.
Also makes me wonder what other treasures she has at home *wink*.
What a great friend!!