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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Monday, May 20, 2013

Same Pattern --- Same Bat Channel

I have been very busy in the studio with an order for a good customer.  After weaving this lovely lady a custom ordered overshot table runner she decided eight matching coasters were in order.

Of course that meant I had to finish a long warp that was already on the loom before I could start her coasters.  This cranberry red overshot runner is one of the runners I wove off that particular warp.

After the warp was finished it was on to the coasters...same pattern --- same bat channel.  Put a 10 yard warp on the loom and got down to business.

Many many coasters later I am done!  After a serious amount of fabric cutting, assembling and hand sewing I am proud to say all the coasters are done.

These are the happy results of my foray into handwoven coasters.

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Blue Roses

Cannot remember how many times I have woven this overshot table runner, six, seven, ten, fifteen....hmmm you would think I would get bored.  Not so grasshopper, the treadling is now ingrained forever in my brain.  This particular rendition is done in 10/2 natural cotton and a lovely navy blue merino 2 ply wool.  Need to get back to the loom and finish this particular runner it is a custom order.

Happy Weaving!

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