Monday, April 6, 2015

Studio Expansion

After years of working on a very old and very small drafting table I decided it was time for an upgrade.   With limited space to work with and the need to be able to use the new work space for several different things at the same time.  I found a great solution at Ikea, they have a birch gate-leg table with enough space for me to spread out.  Love the drawers that are built in - they hold the bits and bobs that would be cluttering up the table top.


The new table makes my corner work space nice and cozy.



Just started to teach myself how to paint with watercolors - here is a peek at my little daily painting journal book.  If you look closely you can see a piece of my handwoven fabric underneath the Japanese tea mug I use to keep clean water for painting. 

Happy Weaving!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blog Feature!

I was approached by the delightful food blogger, Susan Moran who writes - theviewfromgrandisland.com blog if she could feature my weaving and Etsy shop on her bi-weekly artisan series.  It has been humbling and delightful to read the wonderful comments her blog readers have left about my work.  Makes all the time I spend at the loom more than worth the effort when people who don't weave recognize why I do what I do.  Thank you Susan for a wonderful experience!



Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

X's and O's

Just pulled two wool overshot rugs from my Swedish loom.   They are both woven in a overshot pattern that I designed using graph paper.  One rug shows the cream side - and the other of course is the opposite showing the blue side.  Lots of heavy beating to get the Swedish rug warp to bend to my will thankfully it eventually cooperated.


Cream side up!



Blue side up!

Guess you can guess from the pictures that I am a clog wearer.  I admit I have worn clogs since I was a teen in the 70's and have never looked back.  Danskos are my favorite but if I ever find another pair of Olaf Daughter clogs they will be mine!


Happy Weaving!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Return To Simplicity


Continuing with my New Year's resolution to weave more Swedish weaving drafts I decided to return to the simplicity of Monk's belt.   Red and white hand towels woven in traditional patterns are something that I never tire of,  how about you?

Happy Weaving!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Red Rocks of Utah



Inspired by the red rock formations in the desert areas of Utah, the organic cotlin yarns in these drall block towels represent the colors found on a bright summer day.


The grayish blue in this towel reminds me of the ever present sage brush found out west.  The yellows remind me of the sandstone formations seen in the Utah desert.  The rusty red, browns and oranges are all present in the rock formations of Zion National Park.



These three towels show the diversity of textures and colors that can be found in the Utah desert, each more lovely than the last.  

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Mother Nature's Fine Art





He who works with is hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.  

He who works with his hands, his head, and his heart, is an artist.

-St. Francis of Assisi


Happy Weaving!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fiesta Time

Found some great organic cotton in bright fiesta colors to weave up some towels.


This is the proverbial last towel of the warp and of course as is my way, I love it the best of the run.  Used up the remaining bobbins of yarn to weave this towel.  At the price of yarn these days, nothing goes to waste.


Same warp, different treadling creates a nice optical illusion of circles.


Bright pink weft yarn brings out the pattern in a different way.


Teal weft really changes the overall look of the towel.

 Love to create different looks when weaving on a single warp - it keeps me engaged and thinking what I can do to create something totally my own.

Happy Weaving!

Please visit my   Etsy shop  --  Thistle Rose Weaving   by clicking here:
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