Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Weaving to wear

Hello, friends. I'm taking a leap this summer and entering a one-of-a-kind piece in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Summer Fair. Instead of a scarf or shawl or other loom-controlled wearable piece, I've decided to weave fabric yardage and then cut it all up and sew it!

I've cut my handwoven fabrics before:

and it has worked out okay. (This is one of my little kiss clasp purses, the fabric is a herringbone variation).

My entry for the summer fair is a men's wool waistcoat. Today I started to nail down some of the details (i.e. yarn selection and pattern). I don't want something too visually "busy" for what I hope will be a classic piece but don't want it to be boring, either. Here's one plan, a herringbone plaid variation:

Well. Maybe not.

. Maybe this would be more appropriate:

This draft is from Davison's "Handweaver's Pattern Book," "Ginny's Coat." I think I'm leaning more toward this design. Of course, I could make life easy and just weave a plain weave fabric, using the same yarns in warp and weft:

Happy weaving, friends.
Be well,

Monday, May 18, 2015

"Art in Action" Recap

Hello, friends. I participated in my first show since surgery in the early Spring, "Art in Action," which was hosted by the fabulous Londonderry Arts Council. It was lovely to "get out there" again! I met some very talented and enthusiastic artists from the area, the weather cooperated, and the event was well-attended.

I had the pleasure of having Michelle Landry of Creative Cottage who creates lovely pieces using polymer clay, as a booth neighbor. Do you maintain a fairy garden? You'll have to check out her whimsical creations. Michelle also teaches polymer clay techniques to children and groups.

Photo by Michelle Landry, Creative Cottage.
Creative Cottage booth at "Art in Action"
"Artful Life by Deanna" was another fellow fiber arts exhibitor. Deanna uses wool roving to craft lovely needle felted landscapes, among other three-dimensional pieces. Here is a photo of one of her tree-inspired works:

Artful Life by Deanna at "Art in Action"

Deanna demonstrates the fine art of needle felting

As always, it was a treat to see so many of my Londonderry neighbors at Mack's Apples over the weekend. I did a lot of demonstrating/teaching on "Bug," my Harrisville Designs loom, and I daresay that the work that we did piqued the interest of several soon-to-be weavers!

Now to finish unloading and to start on that next warp!
Be well,
Kate K.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Back at the loom!

Hello, friends. It has been a while since my last post but I am pleased to say that I have fully recovered from surgery in late March and have resumed usual activities. I really, REALLY missed weaving during the first few weeks; it made me realize how much weaving is part of my "everyday" life. It is good to be back.

Some kitchen towels were just finished recently and are in various stages of finishing. This design is one of my favorites to weave -- a combination of Brooks Bouquet, loom-controlled lace, and plain weave.

On Saturday, my lovely husband took me to the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Grower's Association Festival  in Deerfield, NH. Here are some of the stars of the show:

I really fell in love with the Angora rabbits. I purchased a nice amount of bunny fiber for spinning from "HoneyBuns" (Lyndeborough, NH) at the fair. This will be a new spinning fiber for me but with any luck it will yield a decent yarn.

I generally refrain from posting family pictures here, but I've decided to break this self-imposed rule and am sharing a picture of my delightful son, Andrew, as he looked on Saturday night before prom. He looked rather dashing, don't you think?

Happy weaving, friends!
Be well,
Kate K.