Sunday, December 30, 2012

Etsy's Home for the Holidays Event, Exeter, New Hampshire

Hello, friends.

I hope that you have been enjoying the season. We have a lovely amount of snow here in New Hampshire, which has made for some excellent cross-country skiing. I confess that my loom has been quiet over the last several days so that I can spend time on my skis! This morning was cold and windy, but I took a photo of a pretty spot in the orchard at Mack's Apples (Londonderry). Here is my trail-blazing husband by "The Poet Tree."



On Friday, we made our way to Exeter, New Hampshire to participate in Etsy's "Home for the Holidays" event. It was a nice way to meet Etsy staff and fellow sellers and artisans from New Hampshire. I met some very nice people, including Morgan and Bethany from Etsy. Amy is an artist from Portsmouth; she paints lovely floral pieces. Here is one of her items:




Jennie, who owns Etsy shop, "Selkie Mum" was also there. Jennie stitches and designs items for mums and babies! Isn't this sweet?



I also met Lauren, who crafts a variety of items for her shop "Long Eared Designs." Her shop includes hair accessories, sashes, and painted trays. Here is one of her very pretty satin and organza hair combs:


There were at least a dozen other folks in attendance, many of whom are members of Etsy's New Hampshire Team. What an enjoyable evening!

The loom is just about ready for weaving. The warp is on the loom for some new towels using one of my favorite colors, antique rose. I've made a run of these before and they turned out like this:


I hope that you'll check in to my wee blog during January, when I anticipate sharing some exciting news with you! (Hint: my work is being featured in a very special print magazine!)

Have a happy and healthy 2013, friends!
Be well,
Kate 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December at Nutfield Weaver

Hello, friends. Yes! I'm still here. It has been far too long since my last post. Nutfield Weaver is still plugging along. I've been weaving some old favorites for the holidays (read: tea towels) and trying out some new approaches to using handwoven fabrics. Just yesterday I finished a sample clutch purse with a metal kiss clasp frame. Drafting sewing patterns is not a forte, so this takes some determination on my part. (Note to self: spend more time with protractors). The pattern worked out relatively well on "regular" fabric, so I hope to have a handwoven fabric version finished sometime this week.

Sage green and ivory towels are on the loom and there is warp left for just a couple more in this color combination:


And I took a leap and made some towels using non-neutral cottons as the primary color in these fabrics:



I sort of like the emphasis on the robins egg blue and the red in these fabrics. What do you think?

Waffleweave dishcloths are next up! Have a great week.
Be well,
kate