Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A new green plaid

Hello, friends. My jumble of moss green threads has found her way onto the loom, and I really like the way the fabric is shaping up. Here is a teaser photo:


I plan to use this run of fabric for table runners and pillow covers. I'm thinking that the "inverse" of the color arrangement with the green and ivory might look nice, too. So much fun!

Hope you all are enjoying your day.
Be well,
Kate

PS Did you hear anything today? I loaded a short playlist of some of my favorite musical selections -- if you turn on your speakers, you'll be treated to a lovely serenade (albeit an eclectic one).

Monday, November 28, 2011

In love with moss green

Hello, friends. I hope that you all had a pleasant Thanksgiving! We managed to avoid the malls and shopping in general on Black Friday. (Actually, my husband did go to the grocery store and scored some Black Friday priced sweet potatoes at $.49 per pound).

I have a short run of farmhouse plaid dishtowels on the loom:


The background color is white and the contrasting color is a nice mocha brown. It reminds me of hot chocolate. :)

I think that I have a new favorite color. It is a lovely mossy green - not as dark as a hunter green and definitely not a lime:


The warp of moss green and cream will eventually turn into table runners and pillow covers. I am so anxious to see how these colors work up that I secretly wish that I had a second (little) floor loom. (But really, one floor loom is enough).

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A pretty little thing

Hello, friends. Happy Thanksgiving to my friends here in the United States! I love to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.

Two Nutfield Weaver items have found their way to Etsy's Front Page recently. I am always grateful for a feature there because it usually means that new visitors stop by my shop. My farmhouse plaid table runner and pillow cover had cameos this past week. Hooray!

Today I put together a new handwoven huck lace eye pillow. I am really pleased with how she turned out. Here is a photograph:


I think that I'll make one of these little pillows out of some spot weave lace, too.

The next few days will be busy with preparations for the holiday and for our son's 16th birthday. Wishing you all well and thanks for checking in.

Be well,
Kate

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A hint of robins egg blue

Hello, friends. Snow flurries are in the forecast for tonight! It certainly "feels" like snow. You just develop at sense for these things after a while.

I had a nice snowy-white warp on the loom this week with a hint of robins egg blue. Here is a picture of the fabric on the loom:


and here is a photograph of a finished kitchen towel made from this cloth:


Now my supply of robins egg blue cotton is completely exhausted. Ah well...I have a new warp of sage and ivory ready to put on the loom today.

I was so excited to issue my first electronic newsletter earlier in the week, and I have scheduled my next one already. I would love to include you among my readers! If you'd like to sign up for one, please follow the link to the Nutfield Weaver Chronicle here. I'm still learning about designing the newsletter - thank goodness for templates and (relatively) easy-to-follow directions!

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Hello, friends. I have a recipe that I'd like to share today for a very New England-y dessert. It features fresh cranberries, and it is a delightful addition to your Thanksgiving meal.


Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Ingredients:
2 c. chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 c. chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
3/4 c. melted & cooled butter
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. almond extract (don't use the fake stuff)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cranberries & nuts together and place in a buttered pie plate. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, mix eggs, butter, sugar, flour, salt and almond extract together. Stir until smooth & pour over cranberry mixture. Bake for 40 minutes.

The "pie" has a topping that is really more of a cake. It is one of our favorite recipes; I think I've made it for at least 16 Thanksgivings so far!

Please let me know if you try it & if you like it!
Be well,
Kate

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Newsletter launch!

Hello, friends. Nutfield Weaver celebrated her 3rd year this week. It has been hard work trying to learn the ropes of selling handmade work online, but it has had its share of rewards as well. I have been fortunate to have had the support from many people - from just about everywhere! - who value handmade work.

In an effort to market my shop and my pieces just a bit more, I have decided to start issuing a monthly email newsletter. MailChimp is the provider I have been working with, and so far the templates and help that is available online has been great! There is a little box to the right side of the blog page here if you'd like to sign up for it. (I am following all of the anti-spamming rules!)

There is a new dishtowel this week, and I am really pleased with how she turned out. The rich cranberry red is so pretty. What do you think?


Here's to a happy week for all of you.
Be well,
Kate

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Windowpane plaid kitchen towels

Hello, friends. The loom has been humming away this week, and this makes me very happy. I have been experimenting with some new designs and colors. When looking through my past projects, I realized that I tend to use a lot of ivory/white as the main color, especially in the plaid designs. Well, I've taken a leap and have added a splash of color here and there!

Here is a picture of a robins egg blue towel on the loom:


and here is a picture of the towel when she is all finished:


I am working out a new recipe for an easy New England-style clam chowder that is busy-day friendly. If my food testers here at home give my efforts a thumbs-up at dinnertime tonight, I will post the recipe here tomorrow.

Be well,
Kate

Friday, November 4, 2011

Some new handwoven pieces

Hello, friends. While I love to weave fabrics for practical (read: kitchen duty) purposes, this week I took a small step in a new direction. Here are two new handwoven items: one for the table and one for your favorite chair:


A table runner in rust & natural cottons is shown in the above picture, and just below is a new pillow cover in cranberry red:


There is also a table runner in cranberry & natural that is just about ready. How about that little chair in the photo with the pillow cover? The chair is very old and was re-caned by my grandmother ("Grannie," to my boys). My grandmother has been caning chairs for years and will be teaching my father this important craft next week. Maybe I will learn some day, too.

Be well,
Kate