Friday, June 26, 2009

Woo Hoo!!!

Here are my conies!:) They need just a little work on the bottom most portion of the cone. The pattern that I'm using for these cones is a 3/1 twill......kind of a summer/winter idea. The two pictures below are showing the front and the back of the fabric;)


I'm so excited to get them started that that's all for my post;)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pine cones, Gingerbread Men, Maple Leaves, ?

I was asked if I can weave pine cones onto towels by a very influential woman of God in my life. Of course, I said "Yeah! Sure!". Knowing full well that with a little bit of research and effort, I would be able to weave just about any image out there with a 3/1 twill. Well, I think I have what I'm looking for. These are screen shots of the front and back of the image.


So....I was wondering.......what do you think? Does it look like a pine cone? I have the loom beamed, as of last night, in a point twill 1-32 and am planning on a natural cotton with a band on either side of the towel with a strip of pine cones. Since I put enough on the loom for four sets of two, I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and make my mother-in-law a set of gingerbread men towels for her kitchen. She's a little obsessed with gingerbread men....it's her kitchen theme that has spilled into the dinning room and living room:) Gotta love her!!!

That leaves (ha ha ha sounds like a pun) room for one more set or two. I thought a maple leaf would be fun and this is about how far I got with that image.

Do you think the pine cone looks like a pine cone? I'll be weaving samples, I hope, very soon. I just have to get the time to finish dressing the loom:)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hoe-Down for Hospice!

Hello all!!! Today Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio will be at the Hoe-Down for Hospice in Walden New York. If you would like to come out, please stop by the tent and say hello:)

My Saddle Brook Farm Presents:
Hoe-Down for Hospice
Sunday June 14th 2009 rain or shine

more than 50 vendors
arts and crafts
horse shows/dressage
hand made jewelry/pottery
petting zoo/pony rides
and much, much more

$8 admission for adults
$4 for children 5-12/children under 5 are free
$22 family package for up to 6 people

All proceeds go to $5 admission for senior citizens (65 or over)
Community Hospice of Bergen County
(a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization)
with the support of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan County

My Saddle Brook Farm
(http://www.mysaddlebrookfarm.com)
163 Berea Road - Walden, New York 12586
Or call 1-845-778-3420 for more information

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Crankin Right Along:)

I'm happy to say that the alpaca/silk scarves are wet finished, dried, pressed and labeled! I'm really happy with my first set of 'men's' scarves and have an appointment to torture someone as a model......:)

Currently hanging on the drying rack are the Waves and Water Shawls. I cannot wait to post pictures of those bad boys!!! I finished twisting the fringe on the black weft and brought it outside to take a look at it in the sun. I almost passed out!!! It's beautiful!!! I just love that tencel fiber, it really shines and shows off the structure:)

That leads me to my next point.....crankin right along. I have stayed away from silk in my weaving. Today, I started weaving some huck lace scarves in 8/2 silk and have now found that my new favorite fiber to weave with is silk! I think I may have been staying away from it knowing that it would take me captive to it's softness and sheen! I'm in love!!! I have finished 2 1/2 of the 3 huck lace scarves. One is a gift and the other two I think I may try some surface techniques with. Am I crazy? I know that silk is great with dye and I'm thinking of perhaps using some 'out there' dyeing techniques to play with. I'm a little nervous:)

Please pardon the lighting in this picture and my long piggies on the bottom:)

Today was a fun day for my special little guy! He had his first class trip!!! I woke him up at 6:30am and he was quite groggy and still half asleep. I reminded him that he was going to ride the school bus today (I drive him so this is new new new!!!!) and he sat bolt upright, eyes wide open and said "Mommy, today I ride the school bus". He repeated this same sentence over and over (even while eating a bowl of cereal) until we got to the school. See his excitement? I'm sure the bus driver had a headache with how many times he heard The Wheels on the Bus song;)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ye Ha!!!

The Waves and Water Shawls are off the loom!!! Hooray!!! :)
I think this one is my fave!!! :) One with black weft, one with purple, this is the one with green!!! Now to twist that fringe:)