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!


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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?

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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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