Monday, September 15, 2014

Craft/Fiber Artists Finalist!

I am excited to be a finalist in the crafts/fiber arts category for the Martha Stewart American Made contest.  Voting begins today!

Voting runs from Sep 15th through Oct 13th

Every voter gets 6 votes per day 

If I should win the contest I plan to use the prize money for my small business, Thistle Rose Weaving to so that it can grow and expand, here's hoping!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Rainbows

Seven different hues of summer rainbows done in a block taquette stucture.

This towel is from the same warp but treadled as plain weave.  I was attempting to use all the various colored bobbins I had left from the taquete block towels.

Managed to squeek out one more towel on this warp and chose to use a modified basket weave.  Thought it was interesting that the warp threads made a few colorful stripes in the finished body of the towel.   Wish I could say I had something to do with the striping effect, but it must have been the weaving fairies.

Back to my looms.

Happy Weaving!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Generational Shift

It has been a busy and fulfilling two weeks here in my studio.  Our Grandchildren came for a visit and boy did they put me through my paces.  My looms and sewing machines all got a work out by both of the kids.

Our Grandson, Christian is busy threading heddles on the ancient Kessenich table loom.  I hauled this loom out of the guest bedroom closet, set it up for the kids and away they went weaving scarves for their Mom.  Although both kids wove scarves from start to finish the weaving bug did not bite.  Once they completed their projects they lost interest in the looms.

Pepper was in her glory all week, she found the kids fascinating to watch and wonderful to play with.  Note she is hoping that Christian will stop working on his project long enough to throw her toy.

Kaya, Christian's twin sister is busy sewing her very first practice piece.  She sewed her very first seams perfectly with absolutely no help from me.  Wonder how many beginning seamstresses have worked on this lovely old Singer 201-2?

May I introduce you to the newest seamstress in our family!  
Here is Kaya's very first completed sewing project, a minki pillow case.  Kaya designed and sewed the entire project all by herself - note her smile of satisfaction on a job well done.  Sam is pretty sure that his girl is going to sew him something too.  

All in all it was a week full of fun and lots of learning.  
Grandkids are indeed one of best things that life has to offer.

Back to my looms.

Happy Weaving!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It Is Never Too Early

Been super busy trying to get a good start on my holiday weaving list, seems it gets longer with each passing year.  Put a 10 yard warp of cotlin on the Gilmore and got busy weaving my version of Swedish Drall towels.

Hard to get bored when you are changing colors every towel.

Nice dark green, same weft as my new table runners.  Always good to use up the yarn that is hanging around on the bobbins I have left over from other projects.

Lovely yellow, bobbin leftovers from a baby blanket project.

Kiwi green, bobbin leftovers from a towel project I donated for the United Way in Peoria.

Cheerful orange, bobbin leftovers from a rainbow towel warp.

Same warp, different treadling - I guess I did get a bit bored.  Nice blue Borg's cotlin from Sweden - surprise -- not leftover yarn this time.

Next on the agenda -- I decided to weave up two perfectly simple table runners using some dark green perle cotton from stash.  Added a bit of holiday bling by hemstitching some glass beads on both ends of each runner.

Silver glass beads grace both ends of this runner.  Think the beads came from Italy.

Blingy red glass beads on this runner, love they way they glow.

You may have noticed the "Martha Steward Made In America" contest logo in the right upper corner of my blog page - yep, you guessed it I am a glutton for punishment and decided to throw my towel into the ring again this year.  

It is hard to resist the grand prize money of $10,000 - that money would be the seed money for me to realize my dream of opening a weaving store and studio to teach.  We all have dreams and I sure would love to make mine come true.  

In case you are wondering voting begins September 15th and runs for a few weeks.  People can vote one time per day.  Wish me luck, I did pretty well last year and hope to do as well if not better this year.  Hey, somebody has to win the thing why not me?  

Back at it.

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Enigmatic Stars

Discovered a wonderful old weaving draft in Davidson's book called Enigma and decided to play a bit with it.  The original draft looks like big circles which did nothing for me but when I looked closer a star motif appeared when I changed the treadling.   Thus my Enigmatic stars were born.   The background is done in  a dark forest green mercerized 10/2 cotton from my stash and a bit of metallic gold for the border.

Here I have used some 5/2 white perle cotton for the stars, I think it makes the pattern really pop out of the towel.  Fun project, although I don't usually use merc cotton for towels I decided that the stash needed some reducing and this particular yarn had to be used up.

While cruising the internet this morning I discovered a nice little surprise, seems that Vav magazine listed my blog in the their more weaving information area.  I had no idea they had done this but I really do appreciate the shout out.

So much for my 15 micro-seconds of fame!

On to the next project.

Happy Weaving!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Frost Crystals Shawl

This shawl was a labor of love made for my baby sister's up coming birthday.  I combined a lovely pure silk warp with some beautiful artisan beaded mohair and silk yarn to weave up a light as air slightly sparkly shawl.

It is hard to capture the iridescent beads even out here in the sunlight, darn it all.  You will have to take my word, the shawl is just lovely.  Pretty sure my little sister will love her handwoven birthday present. Guess I better get it in the mail - it takes awhile for things to arrive overseas.

On to the next project...

Happy Weaving!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Do You See A Trend Here?

Do you see a trend here in my weaving studio, I sure do.  Red.  Lots and Lots of Red.

Red is one of my favorite colors and it seems that particular trait of mine is taking over my weaving choices lately.

Think I need to expand my color choices in the future...nah, it will never happen.

On to the next project...wonder if it will be red?

Happy Weaving!

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