Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Huck Plaid Towels

Wow, three posts in as many days...that just about never happens around here.  Just finished a long warp of 8/2 cotton huck weave towels.  Ended up with 9 towels measuring 17" x 25" and one jumbo towel that is 17" x 30" (think I was day dreaming when I wove that one).

I have woven these towels several times in the past year or so.  They are popular in my little etsy shop and sell quickly (hope I didn't just jinx my sales).  Although they are a bit time consuming to weave with all the weft changes they pretty easy to weave up.

Each towel is slightly different than the next because I vary which shuttle I pick up to weave with.  Don't the  bright clear colors remind you of fiesta ware dishes?

Off to warp and thread a new project on my looms.

Happy Weaving!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Looking For Light In All The Wrong Places

A few days ago I read on Lynette's blog http://dustbunniesundermyloom.blogspot.com/ that she was starting some seedlings for her garden in her master bath.  I had to laugh because it seems she and I had the same idea.  While looking all over my house for an out of the way place that has enough natural sunlight to grow seedlings I decided that our master bath met that very criteria.

 Trying to make the most of every beam of sunlight I covered a large piece of board with foil hoping that will help sunbeams reflect on the plants.  The foil covered board is sitting on top of one of my weaving benches and the whole contraption is sitting in our whirl pool bathtub.  Now that is what I call making do!

In our kitchen are some more plants for my herb garden.  Now I ask you, what kitchen window sill doesn't have seedlings growing on it this time of year?

Instead of weaving today I am going out to explore the local area antique shops.  Have been hoping to find a treadle sewing machine cabinet that is in good shape and of course doesn't cost me an arm and a leg.  

Enjoy these warm spring days and as always---
Happy Weaving!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter To All
Hope everyone has a wonderful day with family and friends.  

Now, back to my homestead chores...
it is a beautiful day and the birds are singing

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Homestead Chores & Weaving Waffles

Spring is officially here in central Illinois and with the warmer temps I am able to finally work outside on our new homestead.

If you look on the right hand side of the picture above you can just make out several piles of red paving bricks.  These bricks are the foundation of my raised bed herb garden I plan on installing next to my husband's wood working shop.  The side of shop gets a lot of sun every day making it a great place for herbs.

While this might not look like much yet it is the very first step in building my chicken coop.  We had to use a sod cutter to remove the grass where the coop will be built.  

With the same sod cutter we expanded what I call our little tomato garden area.  In about 5 weeks or so we will be able to plant 20 or more tomato plants in this area.

This is my large garden as you can see I have already started a few things.   The three straw covered areas are 2 rows of onions and 1 row of garlic.  I am aware you are supposed to wait until October to plant garlic, but I wanted to try planting some this spring to see what develops over the summer.  Also planted are peas, lettuce, radishes and heirloom beets.  As the weather warms more things will be planted in the garden.  

The barn swallows have already started building a mud nest in our loafing shed.  Isn't this the nicest nest? I am looking forward to seeing the babies when they hatch.

Not to be outdone by the swallows, a family of house wrens has begun a nest of their own in the overhead beams of the loafing shed.  Mother Nature is certainly busy this time of year.

Welcome to my great potato experiment.  After pricing grow bags in the seed catalogs I decided that I could try sewing my own.  Half hour of cutting and sewing and ta-da - grow bags. 

The four grey bags you see are made from landscaping fabric I had on hand from last season - each bag has about 6 inches of soil and a few wisps of straw in the bottom of them.  I placed 5 seed potatoes in each bag covered the potatoes with a bit of soil and a few more pieces of straw.  As the potatoes grow I will add soil until finally the plant reaches the top of the bag, flowers and hopefully grows potatoes for harvest in the fall.

 The three tall piles of straw are another potato experiment.  I read that it is possible to grow potatoes in a bale of straw.  Not having a whole bale of straw to use I improvised.  Using some old tomato cages we inherited when we bought the homestead.  I stuffed some straw into the cages, added 5 seed potatoes to each cage and stuffed the rest of the straw in.  The potatoes are supposed to grow just fine in the straw. Of course that remains to be seen as we wait for them grow and hopefully harvest in the fall.

On the loom I have almost finished weaving some dishcloths using a waffle weave pattern.  I used up a bunch of bobbins of leftover wefts from various cotton projects I have woven over the winter.  What a great way to use up left overs!  

Hope your spring chores are delighting you and that your gardens are starting to shape up too.
Happy Weaving!