Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye and A Huge Thanks

At the end of this year, 
I find myself packing my household goods, 
preparing for a move out of state.
My husband, 
who is a biologist,
has been offered an outstanding job 
in another state.

I love, love, love Boise,
but this opportunity was just too good to turn down.
So off we go
to explore a new area,
and see new sights.
We're both really jazzed about it!

I'm not sure if I'm going to return to blogging,
and I know that life is going to be crazy busy for months
as we house hunt 
and then unpack boxes.
I wanted to thank you for reading my blog
for so many years.
I've really enjoyed interacting with other
creative people
and it's been such a wonderful
experience sharing my creative endeavors
with such a positive audience.
Thanks for reading my posts,
and for being so neat to know!!

Happy New Year,

Monday, December 12, 2016

December Projects

This time of year life gets really busy,
so I've been slipping in creative time whenever I can.

I've been weaving with a black prime alpaca warp
to create some special twill scarves for gifts.
Last fall, I dyed some Merino/silk roving
with black dye,
varying the solution so that the roving
went from a light silver to a medium gray
to black.
Then I spun it into a soft singles,
which is what I'm using for the weft.

I'm weaving this fairly open,
so that I can full the cloth slightly after
I cut it off of my loom.

For a the next scarf  I varied the yarn,
using a lovely green cashmere/Merino yarn for the weft.

I've been sewing donation baby quilts,
trying to make the goal that I set for myself
at the beginning of the year.

I have a love/passion for handwoven textiles,
especially functional things that can be used everyday.
For years I've read about other weavers using
Fibonacci's number sequence
-0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21,...-
to arrange stripe sequence.
I've wanted to try that for ages,
so I finally decided to try it with some gift twill kitchen towels.
I went from 1 to 21 and then started the sequence over.

The first towel has a 20/2 white linen weft

and this is the beginning of the next towel,
where I continued the use of Fibonacci's number sequence
in the weft as well to create a unique border.
Every time I walk by this loom,
it makes me smile.
A kitchen towel
is such an unassuming thing,
and yet as handwoven cloth,
just so awesome!
When I can,
 I've been lighting a fire in our family room,
and throwing the shuttle
to create another towel.

Our local ski resort just opened after a very nice snowstorm
blew through.

So if you hear a faint
you'll know that I'm gliding down one of the slopes
with a grin on my face.

Chuck, my weaving buddy

Happy December from my house to yours,