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January 3, 2021 at 11:25 pm #31869
Thanks for the info. I have a Schact cricket and have given them away as gifts as they are well built rigid heddle looms. I also have an 8 shaft baby wolf, so can vouch for the quality of Schacht looms in general.
We had a fiber arts guild here for a couple of years, but we are a small town and people come and go. In current times of uncertainty, I feel that household crafts are sadly lacking (perhaps to the extent of strategic weakness because we are so dependent on imports). I am looking for others either nearby or far away to share ideas with.
I have never knitted but as a sailor, I do some crochet. I wish I could use it as a confidence building tool for those living in poverty. All you need is a stick and some yarn. Another advantage of knitting and crochet is you are working from the middle of the yarn. In weaving, you pass the end of the yarn (wrapped around a shuttle). For someone who may have to sit in a lot of waiting rooms, knitting and crochet are perfect since you have the work and the ball of yarn and the center of the work is where the two meet. Interruptions just mean dropping both in your bag.
January 2, 2021 at 12:14 pm #31844
My (paranoid?) $0.02
I haven’t sat down in a room for several decades without knowing where the exits are first. If it is a place I frequent, like my church, I try to think of how a bad actor might enter. What behavior might telegraph his intentions? How to respond to a threat and where are known friendlies in the audience who might help. My eyes scan the crowd around me (I say around, but am typically on the edge where egress is easier).
I look for people who, in my father’s words, are not part of the crowd. Not based on race or gender. Sometimes based on attire if it is bulkier than the weather dictates. Mostly by body language. If the crowd is focused on the speaker, is someone’s attention on something else? Is someone not following what is happening around them? At the children’s playground, is there an adult, not obviously connected to any of the children?
January 1, 2021 at 11:19 pm #31838
I would love to chat and share ideas with anyone interested in weaving. Getting started can be done with inexpensive materials.
We have five commercially made looms that anyone would recognize. Two floor looms and three tabletop looms (one with a stand so it works like a floor loom) ranging from 18″ to 36″ in width and 1 to 8 shafts (heddle sets). There are a large variety of looms including specialty Inkle looms used to make long narrow weavings like guitar straps.
Here is a link to the door mat experiment: Turkish Rug Knot href=”https://live.staticflickr.com/7387/14068015456_b697699ea3_z.jpg”
And here is a photo of a couple of scarves I made on a rigid heddle loom. They are both woven with just plain (tabby) weave, but even with that you can get good designs.
December 31, 2020 at 7:08 pm #31823
Just my $0.02:
If the focus of your security needs are loss prevention (theft through burglary), then the following applies. Most people have homowner’s or renter’s insurance. If you don’t, you should. Keep a good digital photo inventory of your house for insurance and keep a copy off-site (a friend or relative’s home). Look at the deductible on your insurance policy. If you are even considering spending more on a security system, than your deductible, then you are wasting money. For this reason, I don’t use a monitored service. I do use video cameras with an in-home DVR recording events so I can find the culprits if known to me.
If the focus of your security needs are the safety of yourself and your loved ones, you are assuming you will be home when the event happens. In this case, you don’t need remote monitoring for anything. A simple lightbulb outside your garage door under the eaves can be used to alert you to an event as you arrive.
Assuming you are focused on the second case, I don’t like inside sensors like motion detectors because I don’t want bad actors inside at all. I do want good perimeter security and lots of noise (at the very least inside) when anyone enters.
If you have a professional installer, think of these things: You may need a reminder when you enter, to disarm the system before it goes off. This is normally a buzzer placed in the keypad controller. I suggest the reminder is enough for you without leading an intruder right to the control panel. Move the buzzer somewhere else. While we’re at it you are unlikely to forget where the keypad is, so rather than mount it on a publicly visible wall (just inside the front or garage door is customary) I want mine mounted inside the coat closet or somewhere else not obvious. This also makes it less likely that tradesmen are going to see the control panel during a normal visit and recognize the make and model so they have an idea what they are up against.