Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Some sort of upper respiratory virus has taken hold in our house, preventing me from getting much done weaving-wise. How very frustrating. Hope to get starting a new warp today, and am keeping my fingers crossed that my new dyeing supplies will arrive soon. I am itching to paint some threads! On a positive note, I had my first sale on "Secret Gate" on the weekend. Yea! More earrings to come, too. Have a blessed day. -K

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I celebrated another sale on etsy yesterday. Thank you, Lynne, your bookmarks are in the mail! I have already taken whatever $$ I may have made from the sale and spent it on new dye powders. (I couldn't resist the "Antique Rose" shade that was available). I wound 2 warps this morning for more bookmarks. Nutfield Weaver will be putting a bit more emphasis on affordable handwovens -- these are challenging economic times, after all! Until the new dyes arrive, I am in the basement working on a fleece coat for spring for my youngest son. Here's a photo of the results of a recent dyeing adventure.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The loom is empty since I just cut off some fabric yesterday. I couldn't let my fabric just sit and do nothing, so I used it to make handwoven greeting cards! I think that they look pretty good! What's next? Probably some table linens and towels, which means a longer, wider warp which will take more time to get ready. Here's a photo of one of the cards! Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I'm loving this M & W pattern. Here is a picture of a different treadling sequence. You can even see something that resembles the shape of a St. Andrew's cross in the weaving. I'm using wefts in purple and wine. The fabric would probably make very nice table linens, don't you think???

Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy Monday, everyone. There were snow squalls yesterday at our house. Where is spring?!

Here is a snapshot of what's on the loom. I like the pattern so far and am looking forward to playing around with some different treadling sequences, too. Let me know what you think!

Have a great day, everyone! Blessings, K.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I have a new warp ready for the loom and hope to start warping later this afternoon or tomorrow at the latest. It is a narrow warp (6 inches) and will be sleyed in the reed at 24 epi. The cloth will be primarily for sampling purposes. I was delighted this morning to learn that I had a sale via my etsy site! Thank you, Sara, your handwoven item is on its way to Iowa! Maybe my efforts to improve my digital pictures have paid off! Have a lovely day, everyone.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Finished weaving my scarves today and will now work on the beaded fringe. Enjoyed my weaving time and was kept company by our Norwegian Elkhound, Ingrid, who doesn't seem to mind the loom clatter during her morning nap. Have come to terms with the fact that I need to do more sampling before venturing on big, time consuming projects, and so will try to discipline myself to do so! A narrow warp for sampling will be next (but the fabric will most likely be usable for SOMETHING, right?). Have a blessed day and be well (my sister's phrase...)!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Not a whole lot of weaving today. I spent an hour or so this morning trying to load photos on "flickr" so I could have a slideshow link on this page. It takes a while for me to learn how to do these things! Even so, mission accomplished! Will be buying beads today, with any luck. Blessings!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I've been listening to Irish music today (Mary Black & Ceoltoiri) as I spend some time at the loom. We will celebrate my Irish heritage with traditional dinner fare and, of course, a Guinness. I took some pictures of my loom/work area. Note the clutter. My husband made the cone holder for me. Yesterday I filled out my application for a critiquing session with the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen. The paperwork is in the mail! Looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Monday, March 16, 2009

"Weave, weave, weave me the sunshine out of the pouring rain..." Those lyrics from the old Peter, Paul & Mary song kept occupying my thoughts this morning as I did some weaving. (I did not get much done as I'm still nursing a shoulder injury. Drat NH ice). It still seems like magic to me when I think about how fluffs of sheep hair or strands of plant fibers turn into threads, which then can turn into cloth. It is almost like getting something from nothing, provided a little effort and know-how is involved. How cool is that? Only 8 more feet of weaving before I can put on a new warp! I think a few tea towels or table napkins are coming next. The demands of the yard are already starting to press on our free time (we worked on building a compost bin yesterday and got our lovely seeds from Johnny's on Saturday). But there's always a few minutes to sit at the loom...Blessings, Kate :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I took a picture of what's on the loom right now -- a run of scarves in a color that is like a spicy red. Plain weave with hemstitching. I plan to load some beads on the fringe since I like that sort of thing! I may not get much weaving done today since it is the weekend and I generally get more time at the loom during the school day. Besides, it is a sunny day here in New Hampshire and we've had a really long winter here! A good day for a walk or a bike ride even

Friday, March 13, 2009

I've spent so much time working on getting this blog thing set up that I haven't done much weaving today. But, I did manage to get a few feet done on some scarves (spicy red) and have dinked around with some code/name drafting for future table linens. Probably won't do much over the weekend since the weather here is supposed to be half way decent. Plus, our seeds are on the way and we'll need to get the heat mats and stuff set up. Spring will come, right?