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Full Steam Ahead

Ursula and I popped out to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival this year on a Sunday............let me tell you how a Sunday with some rain was so much better than a beautiful sunny Saturday!!! We were able to walk just about everywhere with ease:) The place was still mobbed but, all in all it was very comfortable. About 3 or 4 years ago we brought Ursula's son with us and it was hard for the poor little guy because how interested is a 6 year old going to be in yarn and fiber stuff? Well, this year we brought him again as well as his brand new little brother and they were the best two kids on the planet for the entire day!!! ;) I was one happy Aunt, let me tell you!!!! ;) My friend Will also came down from Ithica to check it out. He's been spinning his cats fur into yarn............when he told me and I didn't react as others had, I think he was a little shocked:) I was so glad he got to make the treck out and enjoy the day:)
I picked up a Cricket Loom to bring home to s…

Decisions Decisions

I very well may be the worst person in the world to make a decision. I've been playing with some color ideas for the turned taquete. During this year's trip to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, I stumbled upon Just Our Yarn. I walked into their booth because of the beautiful delicate lace work that they had displayed. I quickly squished as much yarn in my hands as I could and noticed a sign that informed of 30/2, 20/2, and 60/2 silk and tencel........all I had to do was ask!!! Ask?! Yeah!!! The owner produced boxes from under the tables. Well, I have made a decision!!! I knew exactly what I was looking at in that box 'o color!!! These are my selections for the taquete pattern. I believe I will be using the brown in for the warp and the yellow for the weft. AND.....I really hope that they look the way I'm imagining once woven. My original idea was to have an 'A-B' type alternate color warp....using red and purple with a golden yellow weft. I'll have …

Tah Dah!!!

Hooray!!! I think I'm happy with it! ;) Now for the middle of the scarf design:)
Tomorrow is the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival!!! I'm not sure that I'll sleep a wink tonight:)

Taquete and My Brain Itches

I've been playing around for the past few days on and off with this original damask pattern. I was informed by Lynnette that converting this pattern to turned taquete may be ideal so naturally I have read everything I can get my hands on about turned taquete. I've yet to weave this particular structure (I'm a big twill fan) and am really impressed with what I've been finding. First......thank you so much dear, Lynnette;) I think this is going to be a lot of fun;)



I'm happy with this one but, wanted more more of the weft to shine through.





This is the back.



This one is closer to what I'm looking for but, now I need to devise a plan to tie down these really really long floats in the warp.........I'll spend some more time designing these and see what happens:)




I think I would like to take the curls on the bottom of the 'flower' and use them as a fill in type of pattern on the body of the scarf then use this motif on both ends with the points pointing toward…

Lippincott Bluegrass Festival

Today is my second show this month:) I have a booth at the Lippincott Bluegrass Festival at Lippincott Manor in Wallkill New York. I'm really excited about this because not only do I get to hang out outside all day and talk to people about my textiles but, I get to listen to music:) After Applefest on Sunday I realized that I sold a third of my inventory. One of the totes with handwovens had enough room in the top for me to store other items in it. I'm really hoping that I have another wonderful event today:) I have the car all packed and I'm ready to hit the shower:)

Well, I tried to upload the flyer but, for some reason Blogger doesn't like it:) Here is the website with the information:)

www.lippincottmanor.com

See ya!

Damask....Ah Ha Moment....Now Taquete?

Ok. So since the weather has been changing, I now have some more obvious time to 'play' with some designs that I have stored in my head:) Damask, in particular, has been a favorite of mine to look at and I really feel the urge to use my loom to create tapestry like scarves and shawls. I don't want anything too heavy as I really like the feel of tencel, bamboo, and I would eventually like to switch to silk for my finer works. I am still in the learning stage though and I hope to always remain in the learning stage. The damask pattern that I have been toying with, I like but, I lose a lot of detail the more I stretched it out. I was a little frustrated but, certain that there was something that I could do. The picture above is a little small but, the piece all the way to the right is a 4 point twill threading, the middle is a 5 point twill threading, and the one on the far left is a 6 point twill threading. To get a true satin/sateen I would have to use the one on the far l…

Damask......Starting to play

Here is what I've come up with so far. I think what I would like to do is make this so that it covers a large section of the fabric. Sooooo the next step is to 'stretch' it out. I think I'll be playing with documenting how I find this process. Right now I have this whole pattern @ 62 ends. Well, if I use a yarn sett at 24 epi, I will only have a piece about 2 1/2" wide. Sooooooooo now I have to stretch this out;) On another note. I was at Applefest in Warwick New York this past Sunday. It's basically a street fair with lots of food and vendors. They were expecting 35,000 people. I was quite pleased because I sold 1/3 of my handwoven inventory! Not too shabby:) I'm certainly one happy girl:) I really like to take notice of what pieces people look at the most. Everyone seemed to be very interested in the pieces that take me the most time in designing. This makes me shine from head to toe!!! I'm thrilled that my favorite pieces are noticed:)…