Friday, November 16, 2012

Aloha Table Cloths and A New Bench

After 28 hours of non-stop ironing and sewing I would like to present 80 brand spankin' new Aloha table cloths.  These cloths are currently winging their way to Verbier, Switzerland to grace the table tops of my Nephew's brand new cafe bar - The Offshore Cafe.   The Offshore Cafe's grand opening is scheduled for December 1st, how I wish I could be there to celebrate.

As you probably can tell, I am one tired Auntie M in this picture.  Had to take a picture for posterity - right after this shot was taken I spent a frustrating hour packing everything for mailing.  

Meanwhile, back to reality.... Isn't this oak weaving bench just the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?  My dear husband has been working on this project for the last few weeks.  He custom built this bench for me when I told him my Glimakra bench was causing me to get cramps in my legs when I sat  on it for any length of time.  After noticing a bench with a tilted seat on a weaving website I asked the hubby to build one for me.  Here is his lovely creation - I just love it!  All I have left to do is throw my sheepskin on it and I am ready to weave for hours in comfort.  Thanks Honey.

The bench above was also made by my husband several years ago.   It is the perfect height to use with my Gilmore loom.  I throw a cushion topped with a sheepskin on it and weave in comfort.  It is wonderful to have a resident woodworker in the house, especially when I need something made for my studio.

Need to get busy, Santa's elf should be working on presents...

Happy weaving!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fabric Stash, always a good thing

While digging through some of my stash I discovered some fabric I had purchased over a year ago and of course had forgotten about.  Using a bit of this great fabric I whipped up some pillows to accent my white rocker.  The black piping trim was is a left-over from my days of designing and sewing English Renaissance period clothing.  You just never know when that extra yard of trim might come in handy!

This year is the year our dog finally gets his own Christmas stocking which meant I needed to come up with fabric.  What to use for the stocking... handwoven fabric from my stash of bits and pieces left over from other weaving projects.  I can never throw out handwoven fabrics - so of course my stash has fabrics of all sizes, patterns and yarn types and sometimes I actually find uses for these bits of fabric.

Made four new Christmas stockings for my daughter, son-law and grandkids.  Found some great Victorian holly leaf printed fabric at Hobby Lobby along with your standard plain old red cotton fabric for the lining.  Used a dark cranberry velvet ribbon to trim the stockings and bring out the red colors - I like the way the ribbon looks against the print fabric.   Easy project to occupy me for an afternoon.  Drew out the stocking shape on paper, cut out the fabrics, bag lined the stockings with the red cotton and ta-dah....4 new stockings to hang for Santa.

Last but certainly not least are the Christmas table runners I just pulled off the loom yesterday afternoon.  Used the turned monk's belt pattern from Weaver's Craft - changed a few minor things.  Used a wintergreen color instead of the black yarn Jean used in her pattern and I also increased the size of the project both in width and in length.  The short little runner is what I had left over after weaving the three 73" long runners I had planned.  Love the pattern it was fun to weave up and will make great Christmas gifts for some of my family and friends.

Currently I am waiting for 125 yards-- (yes, you read that right 125 yards) of Hawaiian print fabric to be delivered to my front door.  One of my nephews is opening a cafe bar in Verbier, Switzerland on December 1st and needs a whole bunch of new table cloths for his grand opening.   The cafe bar is very popular with the ski crowd and is known for the great food and fun atmosphere.  The Off Shore Cafe Bar has an Hawaiian surf motif - lots of Aloha and good times to be had.  If you get a chance to visit ask for Dante and tell him Auntie M sent you!

Happy Weaving!