Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Sheep

For the last few days I have been busy trying to get gifts made and mailed out to family and friends.  This little pillow is made with some vintage pearl buttons I have in my stash, he is on his way to my sister's house (don't worry, she rarely if ever reads my blog).   Found the beige linen and the merino wool felt on line, good quality materials are such a joy to work with.

Actually I made two of these, how could I not keep one for myself?




Happy Weaving.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Life Gets Busy






It has been a long while since I have posted anything here.  As they say life gets busy and busy is exactly what we have been for the last few weeks.

For those of you who don't know - our home sustained some damage from a category EF4 tornado on November 17th.  The damage we sustained is nothing compared to the 1000+ people in our neighboring town of Washington, IL who lost everything.  Holes in the siding and blue tarps on our roof along with a lot of collateral damage are nothing when your neighbors lose everything they own.  We are humbled and happy to have survived the twister when so many are hurting.

I did manage to get a bit of weaving done, worked on an overshot patterned scarf.  Last Christmas I wove a similar scarf and I thought I would reprise it again this year.  The scarf is woven with some soft and lush mini mochi merino wool that has long repeating color graduations of dark cranberry red changing to a dark gold.  I used two dark red tencel yarns as the weft to give some depth to the scarf.   The scarf is hard to photograph because my camera just doesn't seem to be able to pick up the right intensity of the colors.  I think the finished scarf looks very warm and reminds me a a glowing fire.


Happy Weaving.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Baby Blues


Our new Grandson has fast out grown the yellow and white double weave blanket I made for his homecoming in September.  Went through my stash and found some very nice 5/2 mercerized yarn in a great shade of baby blue and snow white.


Warped the yarns up, threw them on the loom and wove the blanket off.  Took me a grand total of two days from start to finish.  Weaving the blanket made me realize how much I dislike standing the whole time so that I can thrown and catch the shuttle across the width of my loom.   Ah well, it is a very small price to pay to weave something for our new little guy.


My weaving studio supervisors, Sam and Pepper.


Happy Weaving.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Taquete Rainbows

Two coordinating sets of towels came from the same brightly colored warp.  Originally threaded the loom for taquete and then proceeded to do my own thing - I never have been one for following the crowd.




The above set of towels is good old fashioned tabby weave, all I do is vary the weft color in each towel to achieve a different color tone.  It is always fun to see how a particular color weft reacts with the warp colors.  




Four more towels from the fiesta rainbow warp were treadled with only a mere portion of the original taquete treadle sequence.  I like the look of the little triangles dancing across each stripe.  I find the overall color tone of each towel is interesting and sometimes hard to predict when weaving.



Miss Naughty Pants, also known as Pepper is now the ripe old age of 6 months old today, my how she has grown.  It is a wonder she has made it this far, with all her "leakage problems" of the past, the pulled yarn from my carpets and the many household items she has destroyed with chewing!  She is one lucky little poodle-girl, we love her no matter the current crisis she has gotten herself into.


Happy Weaving.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

On The Sewing Front

Spent the afternoon working on Christmas presents for our twin Grandkids.  Our eleven year old Grandson is very interested in the Marine Corps much to the delight of his Grandparents.  After finding a huge volume of Marine Corps history complete with awesome pictures and text that will keep the interest of an eleven year old boy I was on the hunt for a little something extra.  Found some sanctioned Marine Corps fabric and decided to sew up some pillow cases for our Grandson's bed, not sure pillow cases are something a young man really desires but I am betting the Marine Corps theme will win him over.





Our cheerful, artistic, girly-girl Granddaughter has a purple, neon pink and neon green bedroom.  Believe me the walls can keep you awake at night - ask me how I know!  After a bit of hunting I was able to find some fabric that will blend right in with her far out color scheme.



Made three pillowcases for each Grandchild, my thinking was that they would have two to use in their rooms and one to share with their best friend if they choose.  

Felt good to sit down and actually sew something besides hems on handwoven towels, it has been awhile.  

Off to work on weaving projects.

Happy Weaving.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Two Takes On The Same Pattern

Cobalt blue has to rank right up there with scarlet red as my favorite color of all time.  Wove two sets of placemats using some cobalt 5/2 mercerized cotton that has been lurking in my stash for some time.





Managed to eek out a nice table runner from the same warp.




Found it interesting to learn that my talented weaving friend Kate Kilgus aka Nutfield Weaver http://nutfieldweaver.blogspot.com/    and I were using the exact same draft at the exact same time.  Kate used a different variation on the treadling.  




I love the color she used for this bespoke piece, I think it is beautiful.


Happy Weaving.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tartan Ribbons and Snowflakes




This cute thread catcher was designed and sewn just for me by Kate Kilgus who is also known as the talented Nutfield Weaver.   In post on Kate's blog - http://www.nutfieldweaver.blogspot.com

I had admired a thread catcher she had just sewn for herself and wondered if she would make me one.

She did and here it is mounted on my Swedish loom, I just love the tartan ribbons that tie the catcher to my loom.  Kate, thank you so much for this great little addition to my weaving studio.  Now maybe I can keep the floors around here a tad neater.


Just finished my cotlin Christmas towel warp this afternoon.  This is the third year I have woven these two types of towels.  In the above picture you can see my Nordic Star towels.  The cookie cutters sitting on the towel are from my collection of old Christmas cookie cutters.


The second version of my cotlin Christmas towels are known as the Snowflake towels.  The rolling pin in the picture is from a collection I keep in a stoneware crock in my dining room.  I love old well used and loved baking items, they speak to me of warm country kitchens that have the smell of warm cookies fresh out of the oven.

Enjoy the cooling weather.

Happy Weaving.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Barn and Bed Quilts

My dear friend Anita better known to those that love her as Cherry is a talented quilter.  Over the years she has made many quilts all of which are works of art.  Last week Cherry made the trip down to visit and to bring me a barn quilt she designed and painted for our mini barn.


My lovely barn quilt is a version of the traditional quilting pattern known as Irish chain that Cherry designed and painted just for me.  Isn't it perfect!


I think my new barn quilt adds just the perfect touch to our little homestead.



Around here no chores are completed without supervisory assistance.  Sam is eating grass (as usual) and Pepper is watching that her Dad doesn't fall off the ladder.



Cherry really surprised me with this lovely quilt to grace my guest bedroom.   I always admire the skill that goes into the execution of Cherry's quilts, note her starburst quilting lines (she does these free hand on her sewing machine).  Fantastic heirloom quilt from a generous and good friend. 


Thank you Cherry, you are the bestest!



I have been busy getting ready for the upcoming holiday season by weaving a few towels and a table runner in one of my favorite overshot patterns, Star of Bethlehem.



Hope everyone is looking forward to the upcoming fall season.  I know we are looking forward to the cooler weather.

Happy Weaving

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Final Stretch

The Martha Stewart American Made Contest was extended to September 22nd with category winners to be announced the 23rd.


  
        
Could I please ask you hang in there and keep the momentum going for my shop?




It has been wonderful to watch the vote count for my shop go up everyday and I am very grateful for all the support you all have given me.

This is still a long shot, but I hope it is the first step to making my dreams come true.


Monday, August 26, 2013

I Need Your Help

 
                                   Could I please ask you to vote for my shop?



I have entered the Martha Stewart American Made 2013 Contest and hope to be recognized as a maker who is helping to revive lost art forms and a person who is helping to push the American made movement forward.  I am in the running to win $10,000 which I plan to use to upgrade my looms and open a working studio where I can demonstrate and teach weaving.


                              Voting begins August 26 and ends September 13.


You can view my entry at:    http://marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81691


I know this is a long shot, but I hope it is the first step to making my dreams come true.




Just finished weaving and assembling more of my cotlin and linen coasters this week.   Although the warp is quick to warp and weave the assembly does some time to accomplish.










Enjoy your week.

Happy Weaving!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Beginnings & Dreams


Last weekend I had a chance to drive up north to visit with our daughter's family and meet our newest Grandson.  Our daughter Amy is holding her new baby, David while big sister Kaya is looking on.  What a lovely group don't you think?



Here is a better shot of our new baby, he is a real squiggle-butt - he loves to stretch and wriggle around whenever he is awake.  What joy this little one brings to our family.


Sitting across the table from his Mother and new baby brother is our wonderful Grandson, Christian.  My husband and I are just thrilled to have three Grandchildren, we view it as one more little one to spoil!



My other big news is----

I have entered the Martha Stewart American Made 2013 Contest and hope to be recognized as a maker who is helping to revive lost art forms and a person who is helping to push the American made movement forward.  I am in the running to win $10,000 which I plan to use to upgrade my looms and open a working studio where I can demonstrate and teach weaving.

Voting begins August 26th.

You can view my entry at:


I know this is a long shot, but I hope it is the first step to making my dreams come true.
Please vote August 26th.

Happy Weaving! 


Friday, August 9, 2013

Taming Wild Linen

After several years of using linen in the weft of textiles I decided to tighten my belt and use some beautiful variegated linen in both warp and weft.


The weft in this runner is a softly variegated salmon and dark beige combination that has been rattling around in my stash for eons.


Don't you love it that changing the way we treadle a draft can produce so many different looking results.  The warp and weft created an almost ikat looking weave in this table runner.


These napkins where a pleasure to weave using some beautiful bleached linen as the weft.  Somehow the resulting pattern reminds me of Aspen trees up in the Rockies.

  
The last set of napkins really show off the graduations of beige to white in the linen yarn.  Have to say that this warp was a joy to weave.  Taming the wild springy linen was not as difficult as I imagined it would be, a few spritzes of rose scented water on the warp threads did the trick.  

Happy Weaving

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Butter Fresh

Finally after contemplating what to weave with a few cones of a nice and warm butter yellow I decided to weave some napkins.



The yarn was from my stash and I think it was given to me several years ago.  The 3 small cones are vintage at least to me, they appear to be from the 60's.  I am guessing their age by looking at the type written blue ink labels on the interior of the cones.


This picture shows the color a little bit closer to real life.  Warm butter yellow.


Love the way the dots of lace show off the nice glowing sheen of the fine weight cotton.

Fun project to weave.

Happy Weaving

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Weaving & Wrestling




I started a tradition eleven years ago of weaving and then sewing Christening gowns to give our daughter for her new born babies.  After learning that our daughter was expecting baby number three I got to work weaving the yardage I would need to create another Christening gown.


Using 10/2 mercerized cotton as the weft and some very lovely single ply silk yarn that I doubled in the bobbin for the weft I proceeded to weave six yards of diamond patterned huck lace yardage.  The silk weft creates a lovely shine and a nice hand to the fabric.



Today I finished working on the Christening gown for our soon to be born Grandson David.  Sorry about the crappy hanger, had to bend a dry cleaning hanger to "fit" so I could hang the gown for a few days before I hemmed it.


Here is a full length shot of the Christening gown, very hard to capture the silk sheen.  The gown is rather plain for my tastes but it is what our daughter requested.


Elsewhere in our house.....is chaos


Today Pepper turns 3 months old, she is growing fast!


Here is a shot of Sam our 8 year old Old English Sheepdog, also known as our built in baby sitter.



Sam and Pepper, getting ready for round 20 of the World Federation Of Dog Wrestling.  You will note the rag rug in the fore ground, Pepper seems to think it is her property to drag where ever she sees fit.



Sam has given Pepper the Wrestling moniker of "The Black Menance".  Observe that Sam is very gentle with his little pesky sister although once in awhile she does get reminded who is in charge around here.  

Until next time.

Happy Weaving

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Life's Little Treasures

Not much weaving is getting accomplished this week.  However, I do have a good excuse, motherhood or should I say puppyhood.

Last Saturday we brought home our long awaited puppy from the breeder.  Need I say that I can get very little accomplished in my day now that we have an 8 week old baby in the house.

This is Pepper, she is 5 1/2 pounds of pure unadulterated standard poodle puppy energy!


Miss Pepper
8 weeks old

Hopefully I will be able to return to weaving soon, until then....


Happy Weaving


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

One More Time Around The Block



This huck-a-back weaving pattern reminds me of building blocks, each row builds upon the last.  The white warp is my favorite cotlin yarn and the old gold yarn is something that has been lurking in my stash forever.


The blocks look much more petite in size when I used some navy blue marled yarn that is a left over from other projects.  


One more time around the block...purple cotton yarn from the ever present stash.

Stash yarn....you gotta love it.

Happy Weaving!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Making Lemonade

Faced with a wet finishing job that went bad (bleach spots) on a just completed handwoven table runner  I  needed to come up with a solution that would not waste all my hard work.

What to do?  After thinking about the problem for a few days I came up with the idea to use the damaged table runner as the fabric for pincushions.


The resulting pincushion was made using my handwoven fabric, a pewter button, some lovely wool roving from my spinning basket.   A vintage jello mold that came from my Grandmothers's kitchen and some vintage French glass head pins help to make the finished product.  The wool roving helps to keep needles and pins smooth and rust free.



I liked the first pincushion so well I dug into my handwoven fabric stash and made a few more.  Think my new pincushion fits in perfectly with my 1950's Singer Sewing machine, don't you.


Thought that a few seamstresses might not like the vintage jello mold pincushions and would rather have something a bit larger to keep needles and pins.  May I present my version of a sewing tomato!


Last but certainly not least is the fabric that was the cause of all this creativity.  I really do love those vintage French pins, they are really pretty.

On to the next challenge.

Happy Weaving!

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