Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kiwi green!

Hello, friends. I have a new favorite color this week -- kiwi green! Lime green? Peridot? Chartreuse? Well, whatever you call it, I really like it. Here is how it is shaping up on the loom:



and here is another view of the same fabric:



The bright color is a visual treat while weaving, especially on days like yesterday when the skies were grey and unfriendly. I may have to keep one of these dishtowels for our own kitchen. A dishtowel is kind of a fun - but useful - way to add an unexpected splash of color to your surroundings.

Next up: white + sage + pink! I'll keep you posted!
Stay warm & be well,
Kate ;)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sage and cream fabric on the loom

Hello, friends. We woke up to balmy sub-zero temperatures today. More snow is in the forecast, too. Yikes! Makes one appreciate a warm home...

Yesterday I posted pictures of a sage & cream colored warp chain. Today I began weaving this fabric and am very pleased with how things are coming together:



There is a new design in process, too. I started doodling/graphing this morning and began winding a (gasp!) lime green and white warp. I'm going for warm, citrus-y colors on these cold days!

And here is one last thing....this is a picture of a lace covered guest book that I put together for a client's beach home in California:



Today is a soup and hot tea day!
Stay warm & be well,
Kate :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Warp chains

Hello, friends. I have a "thing" for warp chains. What is a warp chain, you ask? Well, a warp chain refers to a collection of measured threads that are destined to be placed on the loom. I measure and maintain the number of threads on the warping reel, and then make a "chain" of the threads in an effort to keep them from becoming a disorderly mess. Here is a picture of a warp chain:



I've got this chain on the loom and just about ready for weaving. I'm very excited to see how this fabric will look; the sage and natural cottons look pretty together. Very kitchen-y!

There is a new addition to my shop as of yesterday: Nutfield Weaver's burlap pew cone design is now available as a PDF ePattern! I am hoping that there are a few DIY brides that might like to give these a whirl. Burlap continues to be quite popular with brides-to-be this year!

Stay warm and be well,
Kate

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My first ePattern for Little Burlap Petal Cone!

Hello, friends. Lots of weaving and stitching going on here in Londonderry! And I tried something new yesterday - I put together my first "ePattern" for my little burlap petal cone. It took me a long, long time to figure out how to put this together; photographing pictures of the work in progress to help illustrate the instructions, writing clear and helpful directions, and (most challenging for me) understanding the world of PDF files.

If my clients find my pattern to be user-friendly, and if it performs well for my shop, I may put another one out there. We will see...

Lots of warp winding and knot-tying in store for me! My lemon yellow towels turned out nicely. Here is a picture of the finished striped towel:


and this towel is on its way to sunny California today:


Stay warm & be well,
Kate ;)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thinking of spring while the snow flies

Hello, friends. We're getting another wicked snow storm here in New Hampshire today. How are you doing? I need to snowblow the driveway, but since it is still snowing, I figured I would make brownies for the kids, who are home again due to school cancellations, and post some new pictures here on the blog, thereby stalling the inevitable for just a few more minutes.

Try as I might, I cannot seem to leave a striped warp alone without criss-crossing it and turning it into a sort of plaid. I'm hopeless. Here is my "Spring Daffodil" towel:


and here, things are warming up even more with my "Summer Picnic" towel:


Aside from feeding the boys and weaving - both of which are time-consuming activities - I finished winding a warp today for a client in Australia. I love the colors in this warp!


Okay. Now it is time to engage and get that snowblower running before I'm pelted with sleet.
Be well,
Kate ;)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lemony fresh twill fabric

Hello, friends. Today I finished up warping the loom for new kitchen towels. I graphed out a new design for a simple striped twill. What do you think so far?


I've always been fond of yellow and white in a kitchen; the two colors combine to make such a classic, clean, cheerful look. I tend to favor the twill weaving structure because it ends up having such a nice drape.

Ready for a picture of controlled chaos?
This is what the back of the loom looked like for these towels:


That's a lotta threads, eh?

I was pleased to learn that my spruce waffleweave dishcloths are currently being featured on DIY Network Marketplace! How exciting for the little guys. This is what they look like:



It would be lovely to hear from you, readers!
Enjoy your day and be well,
Kate :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday reflection

Hello, friends. Here is a wee peek into my world.

A good loom and a sunny window makes for happy weaving:


a new color that makes me think of warmer days ahead:


New Hampshire snow!


And more snow continues to fall. I believe that I have a date with my xc skis tomorrow!
Be well,
kate :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Purple, red, and green, oh my!

Hello, friends. I'm staring at 18 inches of snow right out my kitchen window and watching wind gusts in excess of 20 mph swirl more flakes around. Even so, it is very springtime-ish on the loom today!

New colorful dishtowels were woven this morning. Here is one in violet:


and here is a shamrock green towel:


and I can't seem to weave towels without including at least one in red:


What's next? Well, if my latest yarn order arrives before Monday, there may be a lime green in the works. Or tangerine, or algiers blue, or lemon yellow...

Be well,
Kate ;)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday Nor'Easter

Hello, friends. So, we are getting snow. A lot of snow. We estimate about 16" of fluffy stuff on our deck right now, and it is still coming down in earnest.

Fortunately, our power is still working (for now) and so I was able to do some sewing and finish threading my loom with the lights on. Here is a picture of a new towel, which has a pretty forget-me-not blue as the weft yarn:


And I am continually working on my pictures. Here is a re-do of a bold plaid towel from this morning:


If the power does go out, I'll use that as an excuse to spend more time working on my hat, which is coming together nicely. This yarn is really great - a merino/silk blend - and is kettle dyed, so it has some slight variations in color throughout. I have a "thing" for cables:


Be warm & be well,
Kate :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tweaking those pictures

Hello, friends. I spent a lot of time at the sewing machine yesterday working on lace petal cones and finishing some more dishcloths. Here is a photo of the petal cone, which is made from my handwoven spot weave fabric:

and here is one of my new set of dishcloths, which is woven from natural/ivory and rust/hazelnut cottons:

When I have my camera out, I have hard time putting it away! Part of selling successfully online (some people would say "ALL of selling successfully online...") is having good pictures. My photographs are often hit or miss! I keep fussing with this towel:

Back at it today, right?
Be well,
kate :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

HGTV Marketplace feature

Hello, friends. I was going to take a wee break from my blog over the weekend, but today I stumbled across a very exciting feature for Nutfield Weaver that I just had to share.

My brown burlap pew cone has been chosen as a featured item on HGTV Marketplace. Woo hoo!

Here is a photo of my brown pew cone:



I'm not sure how long my little cone will get to stay on the site, but I am just tickled pink to have this opportunity.

The reed of my loom is sleyed with threads for more zigzag towels, and I'm going to start threading the heddles soon.
Be well,
Kate

Friday, January 7, 2011

Spruce green dishcloths & a field trip to Concord

Hello, friends. TGIF! I was treated to a morning in Concord, NH, today, where I got to shop at my favorite knitting/spinning establishment, The Elegant Ewe. Yummy yarn, new patterns, and lunch with my husband. A perfect day.

My red dishcloths, which I posted pictures of yesterday, found a new home today. Here is another set of dishcloths in spruce/pine green:


I'm winding a warp for towels in a really bright lemon yellow. I tend to go for those citrus-y, tropical colors in the winter. I'm looking forward to putting this warp on the loom (eventually) since I tend to warp the loom with neutral shades.

Have a lovely weekend, folks. Between my new knitting needles and an empty loom, I am completely prepared for any sort of winter storm that may head our way this weekend.
Be well,
Kate :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New dishcloths!

Hello, friends. Cutting off a warp from the loom is a bit like crossing the finish line of a race - a cause for celebration!

However, instead of ingesting bagels and bananas and drinking lots of water, I got to wash up my fabric and begin hemming my dishcloths. I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

Here is some eye candy for you:




And now for more warping! Dishtowels are next!
Be well & stay warm. It is wicked cold here in New Hampshire today.
Kate ;)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Weaving & Warping on Wednesday

Hello, friends. I'm STILL working on that dishcloth warp, but the end of the warp is now visible on the back beam. I am weaving colonial blue today:



Since my pew cones are done and the dishcloths are under control, I decided to start winding a new warp for more towels:



Tomorrow I'll be stitching my lace into tissue holders and petal cones for flower girls. Happy day!
Be well,
Kate :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Burlap pew cones

Hello, friends. I took a break from the loom today to work on some burlap pew cones that have been requested for Spring - yes! Spring! - weddings. Here is a photo of an ivory burlap cone with a pale pink ribbon loop and bow:



and here are some cones made from khaki burlap and a rich chocolate brown ribbon:



Tomorrow morning I get to work with my handwoven lace, which is always very fun for me!
Be well,
Kate :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Weaving on Monday

Hello, friends. Today I have been making burlap pew cones for Spring brides and also working on my dishcloth fabric that is still on the loom. (An eight yard warp sometimes takes a while to get through!). I'm experimenting with new colors for the warp on these waffleweave cloths.

Here is a cloth that is woven from natural cotton (warp) and a soft mocha-y beige for the weft:



and here is the same warp crossed with a cherry red cotton:



I'd like to get my hands on a darker red sometime this winter -- one of those brick/barn reds would look nice in a kitchen, don't you think?

A new warp is being wound as well, for more zigzag twill towels, which were very popular in December.

Hope you're having as much fun as I am!
Be well,
Kate

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Handwoven dishcloths - what's on the loom!

Hello, friends. Happy New Year! In the hopes of trying to make more regular use of my blog this year, I am going to try to write blog entries that are a bit less wordy and include more pictures of what is on my loom. We'll see how this new approach goes! I will be referring folks who visit my Etsy site here so that they can see what I am currently working on.

So here is what is on the loom today! More dishcloths! These are woven in waffleweave. I've got a neutral/ivory colored 8/2 unmercerized cotton warp on the loom, and for this set of cloths I'm using a hazelnut colored cotton:



and here is a picture of the same warp + robins egg blue cotton:



I've been doodling and graphing lately and cannot wait to try out my new designs on the loom!
Be well, Kate :)