Monday, January 04, 2016

Relax! It's the New Year

Gift Giving is over, the making is done, and I can post a few of the pictures I remembered to take:
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two kidlets got new blankets, rabbit fur mitts, and cowls, one a kitten, and one a fox! One little boy was a squirmer and had to be held down for the photo! The cowls are from an Etsy seller, and inspired the rabbit fur mitts to go with.

The blankets are actually not a Christmas gift, they are fort making implements, and each came with a lantern and clothespins. Winter time is perfect fort making time...

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Their Daddy also made a bench out of old snowboards, and yes! I actually made them go outside in the cold snowy morning in their PJs and without shoes to take a pic!

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I made two of these:

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leather dopp kits: one for a traveler, and one for a firefighter who has to keep his stuff in a locker. Great fun! and I am getting better, still learning, but much more confident, and with each leather project I am improving. Two of the previous projects are now under the knife for some alterations. Even that is fun! My hands are much stronger now, from stitching and punching leather. Stronger and more accurate... like everything else, time, practice and project after project helps me learn these new skills.

Now? A bit of knitting:

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Glove covers made of scrap yarns: they sorta match, kinda. The next step is to make leather mitts that cover these: then I'll be ready for all weathers! I'll make big ones like the rabbit mitts I made for the kidlets, with knitted cuffs. More to come, now that I can relax and get back to the normal pace of making, post holiday.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Magic

Chic Thrills Etsy

Lots of magic, this time of year. But here's one, a gift from a friend, that seems more so than usual to me: the impression of leaves on cloth. Literally, as in she impressed the leaves onto the cotth, and they leave behind this image.

I love Eucalypts. It is the tree, and particularly the smell, of my childhood.

My friend expected this to be a table runner, but I am hanging it on the wall, so I can see it year 'round.

She has lots more in her shop. :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Imagine A Sunset

That's what I did:
Dyed yarns

Skeins to the left, warp chains to the right.

Another shot:
Dyed yarns

Warm colors for cold winter weaving!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I See Spots

When this skein was purchased, it was cleverly twisted to conceal these un-dyed spots.

::insert big sigh here::

Before overdye

Luckily, I am a dyer, and can remedy this with a trip through the dyebath. The color will be a bit darker on most of the skein, but these white spots will have some color too. I don't mind variation in color, gradations or color washes make nice fabrics. But white? come on. Be better to your customers. Fix these spots, paint or overdye. And if, in the final skein, there is a white spot: twist the skein so it shows, let the buyer be aware.

I am dyeing anyway today:

Bonnie's cashmere

Lots of cashmere yarn for a joint project with my friend Bonnie!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

An Issue

This fabric is now woven:

Pink cotton cloth

It's almost ready to wash and sew up, but first I have a few knots to deal with:

Pink cotton cloth

Warping with a paddle is fast, especially in the case of these recent cotton fabrics where I ran 8 to 10 threads per warp. But! it does mean I don't stop to pull back for knots, and that I have to deal with them in the weaving. Usually, I get to about an inch from the knot, as above, add a repair thread alongside the knotted thread, weave for the inch, then cut the knot-thread and weave on the repair thread for about an inch, then re-insert the original (knot) warp for about an inch, and then finally cut the repair end.

So for an inch each side of the knot, the warps are doubled, and for the space (about 2-3 inches) where the knot once was, there is a repair warp. Lot of words. I hope that makes sense!

In the interest of time though, I am trying something else this time:

Pink cotton cloth

I wove right over the knots (there were several). The plan is to insert a repair with a needle, and cut just the knot before finishing. We'll see if this saves time, or is annoying, or whatever. It's an experiment! I think it should work.

More later! once the cloth is washed.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Hmmmm...

Mosaic flamingo

Well the (yes! very welcome Valerie!) rain yesterday meant a noisy day in the studio. I sewed though, so no new weaving pics.

The Very Pink warp is tied on, ready to weave off today, then time for finishing both of the recent warps: repairing, washing, pressing and more sewing. Plenty of time! (famous last words).

Holly: the contraptions holding the lease sticks are Angel Wings, from Purrington Looms. Very useful: I highly recommend them. Front to back or back to front, it's nice to have your lease sticks secure, and the AW also space them so taking threads off the cross is easy-peasy.

Back to work, under the watchful flamingo...


Sunday, December 06, 2015

We Interrupt This Presentation

to bring you:

Cotton cloth

a better-color view of the washed cotton fabric from this post....

Short day in the studio yesterday, I had to actually leave the place and go shopping for groceries. But! The pink project is sleyed and threaded, wound on and ready to weave today, while I listen to the rain, on the yurt roof. For the record, rain, any rain, is very loud in the yurt :).