Sunday, April 22, 2012

Summer & Winter weaving, part two


Hello, friends. We are finally getting some rain here in New Hampshire, and its arrival is most welcome. A rainy day is also a perfect excuse to stay inside and enjoy the loom.

Here are just a couple more pictures of my latest "summer & winter" weaving efforts. The red and dark, nutty brown are both 3/2 mercerized cottons from Valley Yarns (Webs). I really like the rich colors.


I will be sorry to be at the end of this warp, but am really looking forward to some more "summer & winter" weaving.

Be well,
Kate

Friday, April 20, 2012

Summer & Winter weaving

Hello, friends. I really like the look of "summer and winter" weaving patterns. If you've ever had the pleasure of looking at or using an antique coverlet, it may very well have been woven using this technique. The cloth is insulating and stable. Two different yarns are typically used to construct this cloth -- a relatively fine yarn, often the same used as that in the warp, and a thicker yarn for the pattern. "Summer and winter" is a block weave. It was frequently used for blankets/coverlets because the dominant lighter side, which could be laundered more frequently in the warmer months, could be displayed in the summer. In the colder months, when it was more cumbersome to do the wash regularly, the darker side would face out (and, hopefully, any unsightly stains would be less obvious). But enough of the technical talk. Here are some photos! This is a two block summer and winter pattern using mercerized cottons in ivory and nautical blue:
Here is the same pattern (and the same warp) with ivory and moss stone green:
The purpose of this cloth was to try out some new color combinations and to practice my two shuttle weaving. While I'm pretty pleased with the way things are shaping up on the loom, I still find that I drop the shuttles on the floor way too often! Hope you have a pleasant weekend! Be well, Kate

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fingertip towels with a hint of lace

Hello, friends. I've been doodling a lot over the last few days and put together a weaving draft for fingertip towels. I love those delicate little towels that can often be found in a powder room. So here are some preliminary photos!

This little towel features a small band of sage green along with the loom-controlled lace motif:


and this version has just a bit of lavender:


I was a bit conservative with the lace blocks in the fabric, and this was intentional. I've made some larger lace towels in the past that had floats throughout the cloth, and while very pretty, the numerous floats sometimes led to numerous snags.

These are so much fun to weave. I may have to wind a warp in some white threads, or possibly yellow.
Be well,
Kate

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rustic burlap petal cone

Hello, friends. I hope that you had a pleasant weekend! We enjoyed the Easter holiday at our house.

I had the pleasure of making a new variation of my burlap petal cone for some little flower girls this weekend. I am very pleased with how they turned out. Here are some photos:



In addition to some sewing, I've been trying to learn how to connect all of these social media applications -- twitter, my newsletter, blog, facebook. I set up a new Facebook "page" for Nutfield Weaver and have (unfortunately) made a few minor blunders along the way. It is all a bit perplexing!

I think it is a good day to weave.
Be well,
Kate

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Buffalo chicken sub sandwiches

Hello, friends. Having been born and raised in Buffalo, New York, I grew up eating Buffalo Chicken Wings. (Super HOT wings, hot enough to make your mouth blister & your eyes water). Making authentic Buffalo chicken wings is a pretty involved process, and doing so is not always a practical choice for a weeknight family meal. However, I did come up with a way to satisfy our craving for spicy chicken wings. I'm no nutritionist, either, but I am fairly certain that it is a tad healthier than deep-fried chicken wings drenched in butter & hot sauce. My teenaged sons love our weekly "Wednesday Sub Sandwich Night," and this quick and easy recipe was met with rave reviews.



Buffalo Chicken Sub Sandwiches

Ingredients:
4 submarine sandwich rolls (whole wheat is good), split
4 T. mayo
1-4 t. Frank's Hot Sauce (more to taste, if you dare)
1/2 - 1 lb. Buffalo chicken cold cuts (my grocer's deli carries it, if you can't find it, opt for plain chicken)
sliced red onion
fresh baby spinach leaves
1/3 c. crumbled blue cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the mayo and Frank's hot sauce; slather onto both sides of each split sub. sandwich bun. Divide chicken between the 4 rolls and top with red onion to taste. Put fresh spinach on top and then top with crumbled blue cheese. Place the subs onto a cookie sheet; heat the sandwiches in the oven just long enough to crisp up the buns and melt the cheese (about 8 minutes). Serve with additional Frank's Hot Sauce.

I hope you try it, and feel free to share any variations of your own!
Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

For the milking pail

Hello, friends. One of the interesting things about having Nutfield Weaver set up as an online shop is that just about anyone, from anywhere, can find my work. I had the opportunity to make some custom dishtowels recently for a customer who lives in the Western part of the US. She had already purchased a few of my dishtowels, liked them a lot, but had a special request.

She needed a generously sized towel that would dry out the large pail that needed to be washed after milking her cow. So, being a very lucky weaver, I had the opportunity to make her some custom, REALLY BIG, dishtowels.

Here is a photo of one of her milking pail towels:


I have just one more cranberry windowpane plaid dishtowel left over from the (very long) warp.

I would be willing to bet that the towel would work just as well for a pail that is used after milking a goat, too.

Sometimes I just have way too much fun doing this.
Be well,
Kate