As you probably know,
is an avid woodworker.
He created an unique tray with a black cherry band,
and a vertical grain Douglas fir bottom
as a thank you gift for someone
who gave him wood for turning.
It's interesting to watch him make bent wood projects,
as there is a skill to bending the wood while it's pliable.
I'm continuing to sew the 48 string blocks that I need for
my alternate blocks for my Sunbonnet Sue baby quilts.
On the spinning side of things,
I'm fitting in an hour of spinning each morning.
Lately I've been working with an ultra soft
Merino/silk blend that I dyed last summer
in soft pastels-
lilac, rose, sky blue, and lemon yellow.
It is destined to be the weft of a handwoven scarf,
blended with a Tencel warp.
Speaking of scarves,
I've had two different Tencel/bamboo warps
on my Baby Wolf loom to weave scarves.
They are such fun to weave,
and even more fun to wear with
a favorite jacket or vest.
The crimson and black scarf is a gift for my husband,
who has a favorite bright red down jacket that he likes to wear.
The warp is Tencel yarn,
and the black weft yarn is alpaca
alternating with a Tencel yarn in crimson.
My looms are full,
and I've been having fun weaving.
I have some functional weaving
setup on my Hollandia loom.
We needed some new cotton mats
for our bathrooms,
so I'm weaving some with a carpet warp yarn
and a Peaches & Cream cotton yarn
in the Chocolate Milk colorway
for the weft.
I love the texture of this M's and O's weave structure.
It's interesting how the floats add dimension to this project.
On my Glimakra Ideal countermarch loom
I have a warp of 16/2 cotton to weave
some kitchen towels.
This is woven from a kit from
the Yarn Barn in Kansas-
the Lime Zest Towels kit.
Yesterday it snowed just about all day :-)
This is the view out of my studio space this morning.
Fresh snow for holiday skiing!
how awesome is that??
We have a tradition of skiing on Christmas day,
so as you're opening your gifts,
think of me zipping down the mountain
with a huge grin on my face.
We pack a small grill,
and roast hot dogs for lunch while watching the skiers.
Merry Christmas to everyone,
from my family
May your new year be
happy, and healthy.
And filled with many, many creative days!
Judy & Marshall