Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Awe

Last night the unthinkable happened. It was a little after midnight and I was diligently working on the first of my new series in organics. I'm taking organic materials and using them to design fabric. In this case, it was the leaves draft. I had created the draft from the original tracing and was not 100% happy with it so, I was modifying it to were I was happy with it. I knew that the fabric itself would not look like leaves but, it was very important to have the draft look like or at least resemble one side from the center out of a leaf. So hours of work ..... I mean hours here ...... so much that I was up that late with my eyes burning and singing because it was just beautiful. Yes!!! The first in the organics series was going to be the most beautiful! I think it was when I said, "Perfecto!!!" and clapped my hands like a maniac that my computer decided that it doesn't like Fiberworks and closed the program. Yep. It was a long night last night.

Lesson learned. Save stuff.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!!!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!!!! It took Jeremiah three days to get through all of his presents! We had to open each one and then take it out of the box and play with it. :) One lesson I did learn this year was that he would have been fine with two or three fun toys instead of the ten that he did get from us. It was so easy to over do it and I think we would have been fine if only one of us shopped but, we went separately and on different days.......phew! Not to mention, the Grand parents all showered him with gifts too!!!
Here is a picture of Jeremiah with his cousin Jada at Iggy (what he calls his Grandmother.....and no one can figure out why!) and Pop's house on Christmas Eve opening presents. They were so much fun to watch and I was impressed that they were both so well behaved. :)
In other spinning/weaving news, I have been renewing items on Etsy instead of listing new items because we have been so busy with the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I haven't been able to spin or weave much. So, a new fresh start is on the way. Since there are currently two loom in the studio, I'm thinking that I may sell my 60" Nilus and look for something a tad smaller, perhaps 36" - 42" just to loosen up a little room in here. I have found that I'm not using the full 60". A matter of fact, the most I've used is around 36" for a baby blanket years ago. I did find a loom for sale local (I'll elaborate more once it's here....if I get it) that I think will be perfect;)
Well, I'm off to tend the tot and doggie.......I'm sure they are up to no good by now;)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Importance of Notes. (an oops turns out ok)

When I started these towels I knew that I wanted to get rid of some stash yarn in the attic. I have countless cones of natural cotton in different sizes and textures. I don't think I would normally select the particular yarns in this vast collection but, I got most of it at a steal. Now I have to 'get rid' of it or rather, use it in a project. I knew that I had some 5/2 rag cotton and some slub with some super thin spots that broke if you put too much pressure and I knew that wouldn't work well in the warp. I did end up using the 5/2 in the warp and the slub as the weft......no problem, right? Well, I usually plan a project with my notebook in front of me so that I can reference the do's and don'ts from past projects but, the notebook was ALL THE WAY downstairs on the dining room table. Let's get real here......who wants to walk down there when my memory should be sufficient enough? So......I sat there and planned the towels. When I counted out the warp I thought that I was counting for so long and it started to dawn on me that maybe I should have gone down to get the notebook. It wasn't until I threaded the reed that I finally went ALL THE WAY downstairs to get my notebook. It was also then that I realized that I made these 'kitchen towels' 6" wider than my normal towel. Yep. These bad boys were going to be 30" wide. Why that did not strike me as strange when I even said it is beyond me. Ok...so now the pictures.
You think I would have noticed here while dressing the raddle (made by my darling Father-in-Law:).
Well, onto weaving I went and I really loved the way that the two yarns interacted. The fabric really had nice texture.
And here they are completed (except for one set). I was very happy with the result and actually sorry that I didn't weave another set. They did end of absolutely HUGE!!! 30x36" Ha! Everyone I showed them to asked if they were bath towels. If it helps to get an idea, they are hanging on the front beam of a 60" loom:)
I am still working on the leaves network draft and am planning on that next but, I'm waiting to see what Webs has on sale the day after Christmas:)
Hey!!!! Did anyone get the latest issue of Handwoven magazine?!?!?!! Did you happen to see who had ANOTHER featured handwoven item?!!??!? Kristin Kelley!!!! The skiingweaver (and nut who likes the cold;) Check her fabulous blog out here.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I've been tagged:)

Well, I have been 'Meme' tagged by Susan. :)

1) You go to your sixth folder in your photos and select the sixth picture:

2) Tell the details.......this yarn was spun by Ursula and is the 'oldest' yarn in the shop. I actually think that it was one of the first ones listed on Etsy:) Too funny because it sold today after it was placed under a new listing with another yarn that has been around for almost as long. Kind of ironic.

3) Tag five more blog folk. :P Here are mine

a) http://constancerosedesigns.blogspot.com/

b) http://centerweave.wordpress.com/

c) http://northstaralpacas.blogspot.com/

d) http://skiingweaver.blogspot.com/ - Forgive me....I know you were tagged....I just love your blog;)

e) http://reneeweaves.blogspot.com/

I hope I explained this right.....it's kind of like a game of 'tag'.......ya know, in lieu of the Holiday Season, why not have a little fun;)

-----Happy fibering:)