Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015 Recap

2015 wasn't the best year for getting into my studio to weave.  Between doctor appointments and surgical dates I was not as productive at the loom as I would have liked.  Below you will find a few of the textiles that came from my looms - I decided not to bore you with everything and only chose the towels I particularly enjoyed weaving.


January
Swedish drall blocks, woven in what I think of as traditional Scandinavian colors.


Fancy twill "plaid" towels - using up all those colorful left over bobbins in my stash.



February
Twill blocks in a warm Autumn colors.



March
Monks Belt - one of my favorite drafts to weave.



May
Developed what I call my Nordic Stars weaving draft, lots of fun to weave and no super long floats.


Revisited the Autumn towel theme but used a different twill block pattern.



August
Sparkly silver trees and snowflakes on a field of cobalt blue.



Margarita napkins woven my way with a newly my developed twill draft.



September
Colorful stripes!


October
Modified twill blocks used to play with citrus inspired colors.



Used some of my sampling stash to come up with a teapot handle cover to protect your hands while pouring hot tea.


November
Rainbow block towels in vibrant orange and magenta.



December

Lost our dearly loved Old English Sheepdog, Sam.  Known to some as my weaving studio supervisor.  I miss his presence in my weaving studio very much.

Managed to weave and finish an eleven yard warp in record time for a client - Nordic Stars in Christmas colors.


Here is to hoping that 2016 brings all of us health, wealth and happiness.

Back to the loom!

Happy Weaving.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Snowflakes Are Finished


Four snowflake Christmas towels are finished and are winging their way to my client.  Whew, that was a tight turn around time - thank goodness they are done.



Not to waste man-hours or should I say weaver-hours the warp I used for the snowflake towels was made extra long so that I could weave up a few towels for my Etsy shop.


Using a medium grey as the main color in this towel made me think of Nordic / Scandinavian sweaters.  I think the darker colors will be most welcome in a busy kitchen, they hide the stains better.  I also hope that this towel and it's cousin in a lighter grey will appeal to the guys in the kitchen.


Warm dark green cotlin from my stash lends itself to a very cheerful Christmas towel.


Turning my thoughts to another season.  Nice sea glass teal blue and sky blue remind me of summer time and beaches.

Back to the loom!

Happy Weaving.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Woven Snow Flakes

One of my favorite clients asked me for a last minute - down to the wire  - could you please - weave me four more Christmas towels?  What is a weaver to do, of course I said I would be happy to.  These snowflakes are my own design and weave up nicely.  It is always a joy to weave for clients that really appreciate fine handwoven textiles.

Off to the loom, these need to be in the mail soon.



Click on the picture to see the details.


Happy Weaving.
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Until We Meet Again

Sam Wise Gamgee, our beloved Old English Sheepdog went into liver failure yesterday.  With heavy hearts it was time to say goodbye to our dear boy.





Sam, this is not goodbye - it is only until we meet again.

We love you and will miss you so much,

love you big guy,

Mom

Monday, November 30, 2015

Under The Wire!

Managed to finish a twelve yard warp of rainbow towels in three days.  Eleven new towels are woven and finished.    These towels had to be listed in my shop no later than today. 

Whew, I made it - just under the wire.

Here is just one of the many 



Happy Weaving.
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Busy Again!

Busy, busy, busy and that is the way I like it!  Lots of weaving has been accomplished in the last two weeks.  First up is a beaded Christmas table runner.  The red glass beads have sterling silver interiors which add a lovely glow to the beads.




Christmas monk's belt towels will make a lovely gift for the gourmet cooks in the house.




The "plaid" rainbow towels sort of remind me of madras plaids - my version is done in plain weave and much brighter colors.



Weaving up more of the turned taquete towels, this version is done with some fantastic bright orange.  Doesn't this towel warm up the room!



Same warp as above with a dark eggplant purple weft which gives a cooler impression to the overall look to the towel.


Need to get back to work, no rest for the weary as they say.

Back to the looms.

Happy Weaving.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hot Pot


After some thought on how to keep from burning my hand on my Brown Betty teapot while trying to pour some lovely hot Earl Grey tea I came up with this idea.






A little bit of thought,  a little bit of handwoven fabric, a little bit of velcro and 
wa-lah - we now have a teapot handle cover.



Anyone for a spot of tea?

Back to the looms.

Happy Weaving.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Slow Return


Four surgical procedures in the space of five weeks have kept me from my looms this fall.  I am slowly returning to good health and higher energy levels.    It took me forever to get this organic cotlin warp off the loom and it was a short warp - only 4 yards long.

The bright citrus stripes in the towel below were woven with left over bobbins of organic yarn I had sitting in my bobbin box waiting for me to use them up.  




Three different green and white towels were woven on this short warp, this is the lime green version.




Now that I am just about back in the saddle as they say I need to get busy and start warping my looms the holidays are fast approaching.

Back to the looms.

Happy Weaving.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Color!



Warm bright colors are such a joy to weave with and to behold.
Had a lovely time weaving with this GOTS certified cotlin yarn, it is easy to work with and finishes up with no fading or pilling.  Great Stuff although a bit pricy.



Nice to weave up, and it really shows the pattern nicely.


Decided that in the future I will not be using yellow on my selvedges - just doesn't help showcase the towel colors at all.



Same yarns different draft.  The grape and kiwi remind me Welch's grape jelly for some reason, I think I must have been hungry when I was weaving this.



The bright orange and kiwi green remind me of an orange grove.  Very cheerful!



Back to the looms.

Happy Weaving.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Waste Not Want Not

Never being one to waste my handwoven samples and the ends of various warps I gathered and assembled some new handwoven fabric coasters for my shop.


There ended up being three sets of two matching coasters and several one of kind coasters in my finished pile.

The one of a kind coasters will be used as thank you gifts for my customers and the sets are listed for sale in my shop.


The delft blue tencel overshot coasters match my Japanese porcelain coffee mug nicely.  


Red Tencel was used for this coaster set.


Another case of waste not want not - the fabric for these coasters was a towel that finished up too short to sell.  Love the bright magenta and pinks.

Back to the looms.

Happy Weaving.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Don't Faint!

I know, I know, what in the sam hill have I been doing for so long?  No excuses other than I have been weaving and vacationing and taking care of a few health issues.  Sorry for the long absence, but I am back in the saddle.

To prove to you that I have indeed been weaving here a few things I have been working on.


Cranberry red mercerized cotton with soft gold metallic accents.  I just love my Great Grandmother's hand cut crystal candy dish - isn't she a beauty?


Cobalt blue with silver trees and snowflakes.  I am starting to lose count on how many times I have woven this particular table runner.  Clients keep requesting this runner and I keep weaving them.  The little coffee pot is the very first thing I ever bought for myself when we moved to Japan.  


Five bright and cheerful table napkins woven with mercerized cottons from Yarn Barn.  The original draft for these napkins is called "one to many margaritas" - I did not use the original draft but chose instead to do my own thing and designed a broken twill.  Love the bright colors.


Cobalt blue is my absolute favorite color along with my other favorite - Blue Willow dishes.  This is an example of what I do with the end of a warp.  The warp is "left over" from weaving a table runner.  I played with treadles to make a some simple patterning on the end of the towel and wa-lah I have something nice to sell in my shop.


Yet again, here is another towel woven with warp "left overs".  Waste not want not as they say.

There are a few other things I have woven and when I get around to it I will try to remember to take some shots to share.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and looking forward to the cooler temperatures of Fall. 

Happy Weaving!


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Warming Towels


Decided to try working with some new to me organic cotlin yarn, really enjoyed playing with some autumn colors.  Find that the dark chocolate brown yarn reads a lot darker than it really is, think the combination of the other colors cause this phenomenon.  


My Brown Betty looks nice wrapped up in a warm autumn glow doesn't she.

Happy Weaving!

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