Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Some burlap pew cones

Hello, friends. How are you today? It is "wicked hot" in New Hampshire. My boys had the opportunity to see the thermometer climb to 100 degrees Farenheit on Monday. It was terribly exciting...

I am so fortunate to have so many brides-to-be place their confidence in my work. I have been busy, busy, busy! Dress hangers have been very popular this week, as have my burlap pew cones.

Here are some pictures of my first substantial order of pew cones. These were made out of ivory/natural burlap and apple green ribbon:



and these were made out of the same fabric with grape ribbon:



I photographed the cones on my warping board, which is used to measure warp threads. My warping reel gets the most use these days, but I still find the board to be useful in a variety of ways.

Lots of table napkins are still to be woven over the course of the next few days! There is always something to do. Like water the vegetable garden. Now. Everything looks droopy and tired!

Be well, Kate

Friday, July 2, 2010

Playing with power tools

Hello, friends. TGIF! I hope that this finds you well and enjoying your day; the weekend is not far off at this point!

My boys and I have been engaged in a top secret project for my husband's upcoming birthday on Monday. I don't want to give away the big surprise in the off chance that he will actually see this post, but I will say that the project involved my having to acquaint myself with a jigsaw and an electric drill. The tools and I got to know each other pretty well after a few days. I now wield both tools with confidence!

My growing self-assurance in the power tool department led me to make my first set of wooden buttons. I found a white pine limb in our yard today -- it was probably a victim of the severe wind storm we had earlier this year. I decided to make some buttons. Here's a picture:



I put these on a burlap ring pillow and was pretty pleased with the results.

My loom is ready to be "beamed." This means that I have to wind 12 yards of 500+ threads around the back beam of the loom. It is part of the "dressing the loom" phase. This just means that I am one big step closer to actually sitting down with the shuttle, which is one of my very favorite things to do.

Have a safe and splendid weekend!
Be well, Kate