Monday, September 30, 2013

Chenille scarves

Hello, friends. Well, it's official. I have been completely and thoroughly bitten by the handwoven scarf bug!

I finished my first two rayon chenille scarves and am pleased with the results. I haven't woven with chenille since my very first weaving class many years ago. We used cotton chenille back then; I opted for rayon chenille because of the fabulous, rich colors that can be found.



Sapphire, emerald, and purple rayon chenille scarf

I began a second chenille scarf this weekend, and am enchanted with the colors:


Magenta, teal, and purple scarf on the loom

I have done some experimenting with finishing techniques (i.e. to hemstitch or not to hemstitch) and am learning about the peculiarities of weaving with chenille. So far, though, thumbs up overall. I hope to have a few of these scarves ready for an upcoming artisan show in Derry, NH in mid-October.

Next up is a custom table runner in a very pretty dark sage. The color of the yarn is "cactus," but I think it is really more of a sage:


That is all for now! Happy trails, friends.

Be well,
Kate 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jewel-toned chenille scarf!

Hello, friends. Fall is a color-laden season for those of us fortunate enough to live in New England, and I've added a splash of color to my weaving projects lately. Here's a sneak peek!


I love working with this space-dyed rayon chenille yarn. It is silky smooth and the colors are really rich (purple, sapphire blue, emerald). I am anxious to finish this scarf up and to evaluate the drape of the cloth. There is another warp of rayon chenille just about ready to go onto the loom.

A couple of new homestead plaid dishtowels are in the shop this week:






By the way, the apples are tasty, too! (Macintosh & Cortland varieties this week. Honeycrisps are up next!)

Be well,
Kate 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I am a messy weaver

Hello, friends. I have a confession to make: I am a sloppy weaver. This is not to say that I accept wobbly selvedges or tolerate mistakes in a treadling pattern. I mean this:


The floor underneath my loom is littered with snipped choke ties from warp chains and leftover waste threads from the front beam. (My weaving bench is worse, and the top shelf/castle is no better. But I didn't want to shock you so only took one photograph of my untidy work area).

So I've decided to turn over a new leaf. My work area is small, and I didn't want another plastic garbage can in the house. So I made a little thread catcher for my loom today:


Isn't it cute? I used a medium-weight cotton so that I didn't need to stabilize with interfacing. It is lined, too. I added the red plaid ribbon bow on the front just for fun and love having an excuse to use the decorative stitching options on my sewing machine. Why the ribbon ties to secure the pouch? Well, it seemed easier than messing with buttons or hook/loop tape. Untying the pouch and dumping the contents (NOT on the floor!) can be done even while there is fabric on the loom, which seemed like a desirable feature.

What do my weaving friends think? What are your suggestions for keeping your work area free from clutter?

Here's to a future of tidy floors. At least by the loom.
Be well,
Kate

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Scarves for early autumn

Hello, friends. I had the pleasure of weaving for a friend from my University of Michigan days this week. What a treat it is to weave for a friend or family member -- all sorts of memories tend to come to mind during the process.

I really like this piece that I wove for Barb because it seems to be the perfect transitional piece for late summer and early fall. It is made from 100% cotton (to reduce the scratchiness factor) and has twisted fringe on each end.


I enjoyed making this so much that I prepared a second scarf in red and then decided to tie on an additional warp in blue:


I think that this piece would look really nice in a rich aubergine, don't you?

In other news, the Apple Country Craft Fair was highly enjoyable last weekend. It is so nice to see familiar faces and to strike up conversations with passers-by. I am steering my business focus toward participating in more local events over the coming calendar year. While I love selling my work online, there is something very satisfying about meeting a client face-to-face and chatting about colors, yarns, and weaving history. And I am pretty certain that the folks who stop at my booth enjoy the "petting zoo" aspect of touching a handwoven item, too. "It is SO soft!" are some of the best words any fiber artist can hear.

Be well,
Kate

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Apple Country Craft Fair 2013

Hello, friends. Whew! I've been very busy this week making final preparations for the Apple Country Craft Fair this coming Saturday and Sunday at the Episcopal Church on Londonderry. I really enjoy participating in this event because it is local and I get to see so many of my Londonderry neighbors.

I'll be bringing along some fiber jewelry and have added a few pendants to my mix of brooches and earrings:


and I've also added some trivets made from cotton rug warp yarn and calico rags:


and there will be an assortment of kitchen textiles, table runners, purses, and even a few scarves.

Here's to hoping that the weather cooperates! Saturday actually promises to be a perfect day - sunny and mid 70s.

Be well,
Kate