Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shawls & Tomatillos

Hello, friends. The table napkins are off of the loom, so now I am ready to begin warping for bridal shawls. I am very eager to get started! The table napkins have yet to be hemmed, but I'm anxious to get my hands on this new warp chain. A warp chain of lovely yarn is a thing of beauty for me! (Maybe not for you, but that's okay).

Competing for my attention today is a garden that is overgrown with tomatillos. I made some salsa verde for us last night to go with our black bean burritos, but there is still a pile of tomatillos on the counter. They are husked and begging to be chopped up and put into canning jars.

So here is my lovely warp chain of 3/2 mercerized cotton. It is heavy -- there is enough yarn for 2 generously sized shawls, plus room for sampling. To bead or not to bead, that is the question...

Be well, Kate :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Girls Night Out Scarves

Hello, friends. I'm taking a leap in my shop and adding a few non-wedding items. Like most every weaver out there, I really enjoy weaving scarves. I've added a couple of scarves to my site. One of my Etsy Wedding Team colleagues suggested that the scarves would actually make really fun gifts for bridal attendants -- something that hadn't ever crossed my mind! What do you think??

Lots of weaving yesterday on my copper-y table napkins, and I wound a warp for a bridal shawl. I am trying to decide if I want to weave beads into the shawl as it is woven or if I want to include beads on the fringe only. There is enough warp available for 2 shawls, so maybe I'll just mix things up a bit!

Have a splendid day. Rain here in New Hampshire last evening, but it is good for the plants.
Be well, Kate :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sweeter than honey ivory lace ring pillow

Hello, friends. I hope that you all had a splendid weekend. Fall has definitely arrived in New England. The leaves are changing colors, and the crop is in at the apple orchards. I'm taking a break from canning applesauce and pears today (although I do enjoy getting a free facial while standing over the stove).

Here is a pretty new ring pillow that I made for a bride-to-be in Chicago. I am calling it "Sweeter than Honey" because of the pretty honey-beige beads that are sewn into the fabric. Just the right amount of light is picked up with the beading. What do YOU think?

I am planning a shawl for the cooler months. I have high hopes for it! The weaving yarn is here for it; right now I am in the "calculation" stage. Plus, there are still several yards of warp on the loom, at which I am slowly but surely picking away. ("Picking" away -- do you get my weaving joke???) (If you don't, send me a note in the "comments" section!) :)

Be well and enjoy the day!
Kate :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Four Friday Favorites

Hello, friends. Another Friday has rolled around and that means it is time to showcase some really pretty things from my fellow Etsy Wedding Team members! (And, I'm going to show off one of my new ring pillows as well! Today's theme is "Winter Wedding." You could say my theme has been inspired by our frost advisory forecast for this evening.

Behind door #1 is MGMart, who creates beautiful hair accessories for brides and their attendants. These bobby pins in sky blue tulle and organza are simply lovely, don't you think?

Next is some lovely wedding stationery with a delicate snowflake design. There is even a crystal in the center of one of the flakes! BGDesignStudio has many lovely offerings for happy couples!

Third is LocalColorist, who creates beautiful origami peace crane wedding favors. The style depends on the paper you choose. They can be based on a theme, a hobby, a passion that the two of you have. AND, they're glazed so that they can be permanent keepsakes for your guests. Here is but one sample, based on our "Winter-y" theme for today.

Finally we have luly612, who makes a charming variety wedding accessories. Here is something really fun for a winter wedding celebration: a red and white garter & toss garter set! This is too fun!

One last picture...I have a new ring pillow. My spot weave ivory lace is handbeaded with tiny glass beads in honey-beige. I think it is pretty!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Fall has most certainly arrived in our corner of New England.
Be well, Kate :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Simple Gifts Ring Pillow

Hello, friends. After a bit of a dry spell, things seem to have picked up here at Nutfield Weaver, for which I am very grateful. I think that the October brides are realizing that October really isn't that far away!

This lovely little accessory, my "Simple Gifts" ring bearer pillow, is headed off to Rhode Island today. It is one of my most popular items. It is a pretty way to display the wedding rings, which are, really, the whole POINT of the ring bearer pillow!

I'm working on a design for a flower basket that has a detachable handle, per a client's request. It is actually coming together quite well. I realized as I was constructing the sample that a detachable handle comes in very handy when it comes to preparing the item to ship! Funny how things work out.

Lots of weaving and sewing in store for today. Apple picking and applesauce making is in store for tomorrow!
Be well, Kate :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Shellscapes & Nutfield Weaver

Hello, friends. Happy First Day of Fall (one day late)!

Got my annual mammogram yesterday. Have you gotten yours recently???

Here is a lovely wedding favor made by Catherine at Shellscapes. She used my handwoven diamond motif lace to craft the favor. Isn't it pretty? I may have to get one of these to put on my Christmas tree this year!

I'm working away at some copper-colored table linens and on some beaded spot weave lace projects. There is always something to do!

Have a peek at Shellscapes shop to see some of our other collaborations!
Be well, Kate :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Four Friday Favorites

Hello, friends and TGIF! It is Friday already which means that I have four new favorites to share with you! Today's theme is "Do the Write Thing." (I'm sure that you are all amazed by my clever play on words).

First is PurpleLemonDesigns. Stop by PurpleLemon's shop on Etsy and you will find a treasure trove of custom rubber stamps (including new, self-inking stamps!), stationery, and other treats. I just bought one of her stamps recently and am tickled pink with the results! Here is just one of my favorites:

Second is SignsbyDiane. SignsbyDiane creates shabby custom personalized signs for weddings, businesses, or family homes. Wouldn't you just love to have one of these special signs whether you're getting married or not? I really like the "Love is Sweet" sign. You can choose your colors, phrases and style of fonts. Here's a peek:

Third is CuttheCakeDesigns. Looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding guest book? This gorgeous box is the perfect size to display at your wedding. Guest can use one of the cards to fill in their information and leave the couple a loving note. This wooden address card box has 26 elegant design dividers and 200 address card inserts. What a great idea!

Fourth is ArtfulBeginnings. I just love this stationery. The soft pink color of this particular style really caught my eye; it is a set of 25 wedding invitation, birthday or anniversary party or announcement cards, RSVP, 2 enclosures and matching cream envelopes. Different font styles or different colors are available. Lovely!

That's all for today! Don't forget to vote for your favorite NH weaver on the "Martha" site! Still threading my loom, which is taking longer than expected because I keep making wedding garters.
Be well, Kate

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wedding Garters

Hello, friends. I'm getting smoked in the Martha Stewart's "Vote for Your Favorite Doer of the Week" contest, but I'm staying positive and am grateful to have made it this far into the contest. Who knows? Maybe I'll get to go to NYC this fall!

Early this spring I toyed with a wedding garter pattern. I didn't get very far with it and put the idea away until now. It is hard to work with handwoven lace for items such as this, that require turning (the handwoven fabric literally falls apart in your hands with too much handling). However, after much effort, I finally have a method for making these special items out of my handwoven lace. I'm having so much fun with these! Tomorrow I hope to get to my bead shop for pale blue beads ("Something Blue!") and some nicely sized oak leaf charms. Here is a picture of a garter that I just listed on my website. I call it "Celtic Connections."

Be well, and let me know what you think about the garter concept!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vote for me!

Hello, friends. In July I was chosen by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as a featured contestant in the "Dreamers Into Doers" contest. There is a "contest within the contest" going on, in which people can cast their vote (with a click!) for 10 women who have started their own businesses. Voting runs from 15 Sept. to 2 Oct., and the person with the most votes gets $2500 to help grow their business. I'm getting smoked in the polls, but it is still really neat to see my name on a Martha Stewart website! Feel free to vote for me! Copy/paste the following tiny url in your
browser to cast your vote!

I'm working on a handwoven lace and handcrocheted garter. It is turning out quite nice, but the crocheting is taking a long time. The thread is fine - 10/2 mercerized cotton - and the crochet hook is about as big as a toothpick.

Be well and vote for your favorite indie artist today!
Kate :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Wrist Cuffs

Wrist cuffs have gotten so popular lately! I love the idea of having your fingers free. So here is my spin on the wrist cuff craze. I think mine have an "old world" look about them. The handwoven lace and the crocheted lace on the edge (yes, I did that, too!) gives these pretty cuffs a vintage look.

I realized that is very difficult to take a picture of your hand! My right hand was holding my digital camera, and I used my left to "model" the cuff. I didn't think it would be right to ask one of my boys to model the cuff for me, so I made the best of the situation! (They're very patient with my requests, but I know my limits).

Threading my loom for more table napkins. It is a work in progress. I am also excited about a new crocheted lace edgings book that I have ordered.

What do you think of the cuffs? I'm thinking about trying a set in black lace as well -- I'm feeling bold these days.

Be well, Kate :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Shellscapes & Nutfield Weaver

Hello, friends!

Catherine from Shellscapes and I have spent a few months getting to know each other and swapping materials. Catherine, for those of you who do not know, is a fellow New England artisan who specializes in shell creations for weddings. (I featured her a few weeks ago here on my blog). Here is an example of one of our collaborative efforts, and I hope that it will be the start of many exciting treasures to come. Tell us what you think! (Click, click below!)

I'm warping my new loom with a lovely light rust/copper-colored yarn right now for some harvest-inspired table linens. They will have a lace pattern on the borders, but will not be "fussy." They will be pretty enough for special holidays, but easy to care for so that they could be used every day.

Have a wonderful weekend. Soccer & swimming begins this week. Ah.... fall....
Be well, Kate

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Chapel Windows - Handwoven, handbeaded ivory lace ring bearer pillow

Hello, friends. Hoping you all had a pleasant Labor Day holiday! We had a great weekend here -- mountain hiking, biking, UM football, and lobster rolls.

Here is a picture of some new lace that I'm calling "Chapel Windows." The fabric is made (i.e. threaded, treadled, and woven) so that small rectangles feature in the pattern. I put on a few beige glass beads with a lustre finish to suggest light coming in. I think that this would be a very special item for a small, intimate church wedding! What do YOU think? Click on the response windows at the bottom of this entry so that I can get some honest feedback!

My garden is calling! The tomatoes have decided to come in all at the same time. I'm afraid to venture into the tomatillo bed -- they are decidedly unruly plants!

Be well, Kate

Sunday, September 6, 2009

"I'm Not Envious" -- a new Etsy Treasury

Hello, friends. I received LOTS of views for my "Diamonds & Pearls" pillow yesterday, which was very encouraging -- probably the highest number of hits for any of my items that wasn't featured on a Treasury or on a blog somewhere. I'm hoping that this is an indicator of good things to come.

Here is a lovely Treasury, though, that features another Nutfield Weaver item and many, many other beautifully made pieces from fellow Etsians! Until I learn how to add a live link to my blog features, simply cut/paste the following URL in your web browser to see these fun items! >:(

Have a lovely day, everyone. Be well, Kate

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Diamonds and Pearls - Handwoven and handbeaded ivory lace ring bearer pillow

Hello, friends. I am so pleased with this latest run of lace fabric. Here is a newly created ring bearer pillow made from this very special lace. I love the lacy diamond weave that is treadled into the fabric. And I couldn't resist adding just a little bit of bling to this piece -- nothing over the top, just a few tiny pearl-finished glass beads evenly spaced throughout the fabric.

I have been working hard to perfect the 1920s inspired folded ribbon rose. My garbage can is filled with half-finished and unsatisfactory attempts, but after much effort I finally have learned to craft these for my fabrics. The leaves took some doing as well, but with practice they came together.

We're all a bit weary here today after a vigorous mountain hike up Mount Cardigan, but it was a lovely day and the views that we were treated to at the top were worth every single step! Here's a picture of me and my pooch, Ingrid, with Mt. Kearsarge in the background.

Be well, Kate

Friday, September 4, 2009

Four Friday Favorites

Hello, friends and TGIF! I have some really lovely picks for my favorite Friday things today. My theme this week was "Coffee & Cream." All of the artisans featured here are Etsy Wedding Team members, have spotless feedback ratings, and are passionate about their work!

Fall is just around the corner. Keep the chill off of your shoulders with this beautiful addition to your wedding attire from TickledPinkKnits, a handknitted wrap made from organic cotton in yummy coffee/chai tones:

Here is Etsy seller ValerieTyler. This pair of "Champagne Toast" earrings is perfect for brides or your attendants:

Are you looking for custom stationery? I hope that you will visit InvitesbyJen. Here is just a sample of her beautiful work.

Finally, I just love this delicate bracelet created by AFinishingTouch. The colors are simply yummy, don't you think?

Be sure to visit these seller's shops on Etsy. These are just teensy samples of their outstanding work.

Off to climb Mount Cardigan today! It is clear, cool, and perfect conditions for climbing.

Be well, Kate

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Over the Garden Gate -- Handwoven Ivory Lace Ring Pillow

Hello, friends. A lovely late summer day here in our corner of New England. It was cool this morning, making it very comfortable to weave this morning. I'm thrilled with my new lace! I paid a visit to my local bead shop earlier today and found some lovely tiny glass beads that will be used to embellish the lace.

In the meantime, here is a new Nutfield creation. This ring pillow is made from huck lace fabric. It is delicate and tiny -- perfect for small hands. (And my patch of sage is doing well, don't you think?)

I have some pretty picks for tomorrow's "Four Friday Favorites!" You'll be in for a treat!

Be well, Kate

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Diamond patterned lace

Hello, friends. The loom is warped and I've started weaving some very pretty lace! The pattern I am working on right now is threaded to create a lovely diamond shaped textured lace weave. Because the warp is under high tension on the loom, it is a bit difficult to detect the diamonds right now. I will have to wait until the fabric is off of the loom and washed/dried before I can load up any pictures. I have a good feeling about this new fabric.

Here's a picture of a recent creation that is going off to San Jose today:

...and another tissue holder that is being sent off as well:

Because this particular keepsake is made with a pretty powdery-blue quilter's cotton, it can also function as a "something blue" item.

My loom is calling. I weave like crazy while the boys are busy at school! Fortunately for all of us, school is going very nicely for both of my young gentlemen.
Be well, Kate