Thursday, June 23, 2011

English lavender plaid kitchen towel

Hello, friends.

Nutfield Weaver may have to keep one or two of these lavender-inspired dishtowels for herself. They're pretty enough for the powder room, don't you think?


I received 10 pounds of unmercerized cottons today; lots of lovely fall colors included!

Cheers & be well,
Kate

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lavender is in bloom on the loom

Hello, friends. Nutfield Weaver's lavender plants are in full bloom in the garden and on the loom! I love the grey-ish hue of the flower and, of course, the intoxicating aroma of lavender is unsurpassed.

Here is my homage to one of my favorite plants:




Next up: bumblebee-inspired kitchen textiles.

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Patriotic plaid dishtowel fabric

Hello, friends. Summer is almost here in New Hampshire, but your friendly Nutfield Weaver was wearing a winter coat and mittens at her son's baseball game last night. Egad!

But this fabric is making me think of warmer days ahead -- let's hope that July 4th is a bit less chilly than it is right now:


Technically the fabric is not "red, white and blue," it is more of a "red, natural, and blue." My design gives a nod to "stripes," but I have yet to figure out how to weave "stars" into the cloth. But who knows? Stars might be in a future piece.

Be well, Kate

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chive blossom purple farmhouse plaid towels

Hello, friends. I finally finished my latest run of farmhouse plaid kitchen dishtowels and have my latest addition to the series. Here is Nutfield Weaver's new Farmhouse plaid kitchen towel in this very pretty purple:


Next up on the loom are some red, white and blue plaid towels, and then a new colorway in white, sage, and lavender.
Be well,
Kate

Monday, June 6, 2011

Burlap & fresh flowers

Hello, friends.

I have been spending a lot of time with burlap lately for my Nutfield Weaver shop and also with our fresh flowers, which are enjoying the slightly warmer temperatures. Burlap is a simple, somewhat rustic fabric but couples beautifully with flowers, fresh or dried.



Time to water the garden!
Be well,
Kate

Sunday, June 5, 2011

DIY Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow Tutorial

Hello, friends. I enjoy working with brides and their families who are planning rustic or country-themed weddings. I also enjoy writing sewing patterns. Today I am putting one of my patterns here for you! Here are directions for making your own burlap ring bearer pillow for your wedding. Do give it a try -- and if you are not partial to burlap, try sewing your own using a fabric of your choice: linen, re-purposed denim, or a piece of country calico that coordinates with your color palette.


Click on the highlighted link here to get your free Burlap Ring Pillow PDF pattern.

Happy stitching & be well,
Kate

Friday, June 3, 2011

Garden inspired handwovens

Hello, friends. Our peonies and rugosa roses have opened up this week. Early June is one of the loveliest times of year here in New Hampshire. The colors of the garden are certainly inspiring and very useful when it comes to staging photographs!

Here is my handwoven lace petal cone. This item has been one of Nutfield Weaver's signature pieces, and I thought I would shoot some pictures of it with some of our fresh flowers:


I can't decide how I want to title the farmhouse plaid towel that I am weaving here:



The color is called "grey mauve" by the manufacturer, but to me it looks more like a dusty rose or "purple cow," the color of one of my favorite summer ice cream flavors.

I think that "purple cow" might win. What's your vote?

Be well,
Kate