Thursday, August 27, 2015

Waste Not Want Not

Never being one to waste my handwoven samples and the ends of various warps I gathered and assembled some new handwoven fabric coasters for my shop.


There ended up being three sets of two matching coasters and several one of kind coasters in my finished pile.

The one of a kind coasters will be used as thank you gifts for my customers and the sets are listed for sale in my shop.


The delft blue tencel overshot coasters match my Japanese porcelain coffee mug nicely.  


Red Tencel was used for this coaster set.


Another case of waste not want not - the fabric for these coasters was a towel that finished up too short to sell.  Love the bright magenta and pinks.

Back to the looms.

Happy Weaving.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Don't Faint!

I know, I know, what in the sam hill have I been doing for so long?  No excuses other than I have been weaving and vacationing and taking care of a few health issues.  Sorry for the long absence, but I am back in the saddle.

To prove to you that I have indeed been weaving here a few things I have been working on.


Cranberry red mercerized cotton with soft gold metallic accents.  I just love my Great Grandmother's hand cut crystal candy dish - isn't she a beauty?


Cobalt blue with silver trees and snowflakes.  I am starting to lose count on how many times I have woven this particular table runner.  Clients keep requesting this runner and I keep weaving them.  The little coffee pot is the very first thing I ever bought for myself when we moved to Japan.  


Five bright and cheerful table napkins woven with mercerized cottons from Yarn Barn.  The original draft for these napkins is called "one to many margaritas" - I did not use the original draft but chose instead to do my own thing and designed a broken twill.  Love the bright colors.


Cobalt blue is my absolute favorite color along with my other favorite - Blue Willow dishes.  This is an example of what I do with the end of a warp.  The warp is "left over" from weaving a table runner.  I played with treadles to make a some simple patterning on the end of the towel and wa-lah I have something nice to sell in my shop.


Yet again, here is another towel woven with warp "left overs".  Waste not want not as they say.

There are a few other things I have woven and when I get around to it I will try to remember to take some shots to share.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and looking forward to the cooler temperatures of Fall. 

Happy Weaving!


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Warming Towels


Decided to try working with some new to me organic cotlin yarn, really enjoyed playing with some autumn colors.  Find that the dark chocolate brown yarn reads a lot darker than it really is, think the combination of the other colors cause this phenomenon.  


My Brown Betty looks nice wrapped up in a warm autumn glow doesn't she.

Happy Weaving!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring Brings Chores


With spring finally here in the central plains my life is getting busy with gardens to plant and tend, chicken wrangling and plenty of mowing chores.   It has been hard to find time to weave let alone sit down for any length of time.  I did manage to finish a cotlin warp on my big Glimakra and I am most pleased with the resulting towels.  This version was done in purple with two rows of kiwi accents.


The magenta and rose stripes on this version of the towel warp are nice a feminine.


This year I am trying something new, I am attempting to weave one or two Christmas textiles with each warp I put on the loom.  


My old Singer Rocketeer finally wore out, hard to believe but she is gone.  Above is my "new"  Singer 401A - she is in great condition and I am most pleased to report that I am her second owner.  The original owner bought her in 1957 from a Singer Store in PA and has had her ever since.  This machine does not have a lot of sewing hours on her and runs like the day she was made.  After I got her, I totally disassembled her as is my way when bringing home new equipment.   She has been gone through with a fine tooth comb and given lots of TLC, oil and lube and a brand new bobbin winder tire.  Now she is raring to go.  I will miss my old Rocketeer but the 401A is a great machine and I know we will have many years of sewing together.

Happy Weaving!

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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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