Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

After reading one of my favorite blogs "Thrums" where Susan shares her wonderful Christmas ornaments with us,  I thought I would take few shots of my own Christmas tree to share with you.

For those of you who might be wondering why there is a red and white ribbon trailing down my tree let me explain.  The ribbon is actually a pennant, it is flown on US Navy ships when they are returning to their homeport from a cruise.  That particular pennant flew on my husband's ship many years ago when he was returning from sea - lots of good memories for our family surrounding pennants just like this one.

Hand blown glass ball in one of my favorite colors, Scarlet red.  I have a lovely collection of these hand blown glass balls on our tree in cobalt blue or the hard to find reds.  It sort of glows in the tree lights.

At the top of our tree is our traditional tree topper made from yellow ribbons, a US Flag and a gold star - all these items are from a wreath I made and displayed in our home when my husband was deployed overseas in support of the Navy's mission in Operation Desert Storm/Enduring Freedom and several other deployments.  It would not be Christmas in our home without these dear-to-us decorations.

My little Pooh Bear, I designed and hand sewed this little guy out of wool felt scraps.

54 years young!  My Mother beaded and made this stocking for me when I was born.  It has seen a lot of Christmases in it's life.  Seems most of my most favorite presents have been hidden in this stocking.

In case you are wondering I am actually weaving, this is my current project on the Glimarka.  This table runner is woven with a nice Jaggerspun wool as the weft, the color is a dark burgundy that doesn't seem to photograph well.  Love this pattern of Roses.

Hope your holidays are enjoyable.

Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Homestead Studio Day One

I am proud to tell you that the entire house is unpacked, everything is in it's place.  Today is the first day I get to actually work in my new studio here in my new home.  Whew, it has been a journey and I am so glad to be back in Illinois and living on our own land.

Without further ado, may I show you around my weaving studio?

Thistle the Glimarka is being warped with my trusty warping trapeze.

Rose is sitting right next to Thistle - my beater for the Glimarka is perched on Rose's bench waiting for me to finish warping.  Love all the light I get from the french doors that look out on my soon to be paddock area.

This area is behind my weaving benches.  Holds my collections of yarn, shuttles, many weaving books and a rather large collection of books about Renaissance England.

This is the far right-hand side of the bookcase wall and is my sewing area and warping board storage  area.  One of my inspiration bulletin boards is centered inside the warping board - my husband's idea.

This little guy has been in storage for a few years, I now have room for him in my studio.  He is a rather old but very sturdy Kessenich - built way back when Kessenich looms were made in Wawatosa, WI.  Have an old warp on him that one of these days I need to weave off.  Thinking about selling this guy so I can hopefully purchase a 12 or 16 shaft table loom.

And finally, my favorite thing about my new studio - a working fireplace with a real mantle!  Love it, love it, love it.

Hope I have not bored you all to death, but I wanted to share my new studio with my fellow weavers.  I send holiday greetings and warm wishes to all.

Happy Holidays!
Happy Christmas!

Happy Weaving!