Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Handwoven lace and dark colored yarn. Discuss.

Hello, friends. I remember reading in a weaving journal that lace weaves look the best when using light colored yarn. While I tend to agree and do use ivories and pastels when weaving loom-controlled lace fabrics, I felt a bit rebellious about a year ago and wove a lace shawl using dark green mercerized cotton. You do have to "look" to see the diamond motif in the fabric, but I sort of like the subtle effect of the texture and the color. What do you think?


I think that the wrap would look smashing on St. Patrick's Day. :)

Aside from the shawl, I've been working on zigzag dishtowel fabric and tinkering around with some smaller items that can be carried to craft fairs. I hope to have a new handwoven coffee cup cozy ready before too long. More than a couple of folks who visited my booth last Fall noted that they were interested in small gifts for the gents in their lives (think office mates, brothers-in-laws, etc...). So, I hope that I can manage to fill this gap in 2013. (And keep my coffee nice and warm, too).

Be well,
Kate

Friday, February 15, 2013

Red plaid placemats

Hello, friends. I hope that you all had a pleasant Valentine's Day. We did here at our house. I made a ridiculously rich "fudgy brownie cake" and served it with dulce de leche ice cream -- a bit over the top but what the heck...

There are some placemats on the loom this week. These pieces are for a client who, like me, really enjoys red in her kitchen. The design is the same "farmhouse plaid" that I weave for table runners. Here's a peek.


I had enough warp remaining after the placemats to weave a runner, so I will be curious to see how this item shapes up as well.

Lots of doodling this week in between visits to the loom. I have plans to make some smaller pieces to take to artisan shows this Spring, including bookmarks, trivets, and jewelry. So many fabrics, so little time! I also had an interesting chat with a friend in Michigan who is interested in hemp. Never having woven with this kind of yarn, my interest has been piqued. What are your thoughts on using hemp in your work or, for that matter, wearing items made from this kind of yarn?

Be well,
Kate

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hello, February.

Hello, friends. I hope that you are doing well today! We managed to get through winter storm "Nemo" relatively unscathed. The power stayed on and we sustained no damage to our property despite high winds. We have since shoveled our way out of the front door (no small effort as we have 22 inches of snow!).

Despite the wintery weather, I turned my thoughts to Spring. I sent in my request to exhibit here in Londonderry during 2013. With that in mind, I also began working on some new items that are suitable for gift-giving and, hopefully, appealing to people out shopping the artisan fairs.

I haven't made handwoven bookmarks for a few years now, and I decided to revisit this idea. In this design, I incorporated a piece of handwoven lace with a very pretty calico that has a traditional floral aesthetic along with a simple vintage button. Here's the result.


I think that she is sort of sweet. I may have to keep this one; she would be right at home in my well-worn copy of Pride and Prejudice.

This week I will be weaving another new item, farmhouse plaid placemats. I hope to share pictures very soon but right now these are still in the warping stage and things look rather unruly.

Be well,
Kate