… And the Not Ugly

First. Thankfully I did not have to continue with the spaghetti western theme of late. Or did I?

Ok, so I’m showing here what colors I like. The last two that were good are the same colors with just minor adjustments to the pattern. The Good… was the same ribbon but with the silver being more dominate Now the maroon is the more dominate color and the pattern is a bit different.

Finished pattern

Finished pattern

I didn’t notice till later, but with the different ways of looking at these pieces and how the angles can play with ones eyes, this one could also be lightning strokes. A much larger storm than the other piece but still a storm is brewing.

Alas My first impression with this one was that is was rows of open books. Now that may be because most of my books are in boxes and stacked away. For some reason realtors don’t think that having 1500 books stacked around a house and this way and that on shelves is very appealing to many when they come to look at your house. (She even had the audacity to try and convince me to take most of them to the library and donate them. Ok, as my husband would agree with her a few have departed the premises but not near what either could wish.) So anyway I am having a great lack of just seeing books around me right now. Not to say that last night I kept wanting to turn around while sitting here and grab a book off a shelf. I could have gotten it blindfolded but alas there was nothing there.

But back to the piece. It really has a lot of different looks from different angles and light. Alas, my camera and I just couldn’t replicate them in 2D as opposed to what I was seeing in reality.

Another angle

Another angle

In the low light of late evening one would never guess it was the same piece. But again the picture just doesn’t do it justice but to remember the fun of it, here it is in poor replica.

Low light interesting pattern

Low light interesting pattern

It really had a completely different look and I still wish I could see it again but alas and alack. The one done with more light just didn’t look the same at all.

I think I love just how these pieces play within themselves as much as actually making them. How many different looks can one piece give me? What is the play of light with it? How does the myriad of angles change it?

Well, this is enough fun for right now. Must go sand and paint, but will be back to another piece shortly.

 

 

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The Bad…

So I finished the Lightening pattern and am feeling real good about my triaxial weaving. Actually I was feeling really too good. I had bought some 1/8 inch ribbon in bright colors and had a great idea to try another pattern in that old set of copied patterns that would just look great so small and neat. Oh, for famous last thoughts!

So Mark’s niece is getting married and his mom calls and tells him that it would be better to go to the wedding shower than the wedding if one were to pick. Actually his niece wants to just elope and be done with it. So I grabbed all the bits to work on this on a flying car trip to Dallas in only a part of a day.

I work away. Love the colors. Takes incredible amount of time with such thin bits.

Thinking all is well and I love the colors

Thinking all is well and I love the colors

So I am loving the colors thinking all is well. Need to get a picture in process. Keep on working.

(Insert Charlie Brown cry here.)

(Insert Charlie Brown cry here.)

I snap another picture in what seems like months later and things just don’t look right so stop to consider it. AAGGGGHHHH!!!!! I went over one under one. I must now pull out all the pink ones and do them again. So starting over on layer two. Alas it is hard work to keep my angles correct and tight. I finally decided to run one green ribbon through (it was going to be accent in the third layer) and see if the angles were ok and workable or not.

(Insert Charlie Brown even louder now.)

(Insert Charlie Brown even louder now.)

The bottom two inches or so were great but the farther north one went it just had to vier further east. Way too far east. Oh dear oh me oh my! I know what must be done but as one who doesn’t like to rip out I fiddled and fiddled. So where did it all end?

The sad pile on its pattern

The sad pile on its pattern

I had an idea to just take out back so far but in the end just pulled every single pin out. Now I don’t like to waste things so they will stay together and next plan is to try them on a much smaller scale. Maybe a 4 x 6 inch rectangle. I still think it will look ever so wonderful but alas I did decide to instead take a break from the bad – in workmanship only, and try something new next. Hopefully the next post will not be a continuation of this saying. I am not even a fan of spaghetti westerns.

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The Good …

So we are in the midst of this moving thing. The house is on the market and we are hoping to get an offer today or tomorrow from a couple who saw the house on Saturday. So am ready to be done with this.

But as I sit in this very minimalist house, I am learning that I absolutely am not a minimalist. I am going crazy, but I do still have my triaxial stuff within reach and have been playing some with it. I pulled out an old set of sheets for patterns that I had been given.

Pattern instructions

Pattern instructions

They were black and white and basically based on each layer being so many dark or light ribbons repeated. Alas you can’t see the crossovers in these very old copies. So I have been playing with them and then having to remind myself of basics as I keep doing the second row the same. One over. One under. It is really sad when you get almost half done and realize it was suppose to be – Over one. Under two. YIKES! Time to take out and start over.

But here is one pattern I did from those sheets.

One light, one dark in layer one and two

One light, one dark in layer one and two

So some maroon and silver ribbon went to work and a pattern was coming up quite well. That is after the start over on the second layer. But the third layer mixes it up a bit and we get a whole different look than previous patterns I have done.

The third row going in

The third row going in

Here it looks a bit odd and I was keeping fingers crossed that all would come out well.

Fun angle

Fun angle

You now have cubes but so many of them are all one color with just a splash of color here and there.

All woven in

All woven in

I am calling this the Lightening Pattern. Little mini lightening strokes all over.

Backside

Backside

I actually took a picture of the backside of this one before covering it. Interesting in a weird modernish sort of way. But since I am definitely not modern, it is not really appealing to me.

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Some Fun with the Wrong Ribbon

Ok, I have been getting this house ready to sell for way too long and had about hit the end of my nerves. But as Dr. Panosian would say on every test day in History of Civilization, “This too shall pass away,” and the worse is over. I still see things that should be done but as the house is on the market now (anyone need a nice house and great situation in the Spring area?), I took a break and wove a triaxial pattern I found in a picture. I needed three largely contrasting colors for it to show well but didn’t have enough of anything in my stash so went with these. Not enough contrast but as I couldn’t go get more – I dug in with these.

First go at it

First go at it

So I started laying and cutting.Thought I had it and got this far (above) and realized that it just couldn’t work this way. So I took it apart and…

A second go at it

A second go at it

Now I realized after getting a whole first layer done that the yellow stripe (And yes for those who know me well, I really hate yellow but this came with the others and I needed contrast so here it is. At least it has some pink to it and is only a third of one layer.) needed on the second layer.  So once again it was all taken apart and I got paper out and started again to figure out the pattern. I should have taken a picture of that page and all the chicken scratches, but I did finally get it. So once again…

Third attempt

Third attempt

Now one thing I learned in this process was how these ribbons change their look in different light and angles. Yes, I wasted a bit of time just playing with it in the light. The first two pictures show the three colors well on their own but once getting on with it they really muddled up depending on the light. They also are iridescent and can change their color a bit on their own. Oh fun with the definite pattern I was wanting.

Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights

Natural sunlight

Natural sunlight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok I loved the difference of the colors and no I didn’t like natural light as the iridescence of the ribbons were lost – at least here but with the lights on it was a bit more pleasing to me. And on we wove.

All woven

All woven

So I finished the weaving well after dark and the room had no natural light at all and the colors became more vivid. I got it backed and cut and then at an angle I managed a great picture of the actual pattern in it. (Too see it well click on it.)

The pattern is now visible

The pattern is now visible

So now I really want to try this with different ribbon that is highly contrasting. But alas after this was completed I had to try one more thing I have never done before with these and held it up to the light to look through it. The ribbon is not totally opaque so you could see the rows of ribbon and it took on a whole new life that I actually really love.

Held up to the light

Held up to the light

Whereas the yellow was just a dot every so often before now you can see the complete rows of yellow as well as the blue stands out. The pink steps back though there is more of it than the other two. It does make lovely hexagons. I wish I could frame this one with a light behind to see it like this.

 

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Change

OK, so we are moving to the Austin area. We are caught in a Catch 22 so it feels, between what the Relocation gal wants, the realtor here wants, and what we can do about it all without going insane. So despite movers are to come and pack us out when the time comes it ends up we have to shift, move, “pack” half our stuff ourselves. Or as they would think nothing of – have someone else come in. She wants us to do so much and as Mark says, “with her money or mine?” Well, as it turns out we are getting new carpet upstairs so had to shift, move, “pack” my fiber stuff all off to the garage and dining room – for the time being. So here is why I had to get that last warp off the loom.

Loom in pieces

Loom in pieces

Tonight I did this to my loom. Alas that took a bit out of me and now I am resting. Of course this has been one of those wonderful Gulf Coast Texas days. Sunny, 100F, 10,000% humidity. I have sweat so much and I really hate to sweat. Did I say I hate to sweat? I really miss Arizona on days like this when the sweat would just evaporate the second it comes to the surface. You never feel it. Just remember to drink your water. I have bathed, changed clothes, I don’t know how many times and I’m sitting here all wet yet. But anyway the loom is in pieces and we will see where will be its new home and when the next warp goes on.

That last warp I did get off and it is in a box. I still haven’t washed it yet. I need to take some time with it sometime and document it here but will see when that happens as miles to go before I have that kind of time and room again. It is funny as what I wanted with it didn’t come out the prettiest. I of course being me, ended up doing three shuttles and three different colors alternating every 4 picks for the last part. That slowed me down some for a project that needed done fast but it was the prettiest of the lot. Must get pictures.

Ok one last thought. I had seen how to do a “bulletin board” on my sloping wall and so for not very long had my bulletin board of bookmarks and pictures and whatever hanging over my shelves and table. I really liked it but alas it is no more.

My bulletin board

My bulletin board

Took the picture too quickly before it came down so it is fuzzy but I will remember it.

Side note. The triaxial box is staying out and easily accessed during this upheaval so hopefully I will get to do some weaving along the way.

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First Framed Triaxial Piece

I have finally done it. I have framed one of my triaxial pieces. Now this piece I did back at the beginning with a mix of the ribbons so that it was one piece. But then how was I to do anything with it? Well, I recently found an article on mounting a tapestry piece and thought that would be a good place to begin. I modified it a bit and learned a bit while at it but I came through with a decent framed piece.

My only piece up to now that the color pattern changes across the piece.

My only piece up to now that the color pattern changes across the piece.

The pictures aren’t perfect. I had a time getting a picture without flash in the glass and reflection of what as around the room.

Angles make a difference in how it looks.

Angles make a difference in how it looks.

I am not unhappy with how this turned out and plan to try some more. I learned quite a bit doing this and have a better idea of what to do next time.

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A Find While Cleaning Out

OK, so Mark got laid off in June. The Lord was so wonderful to us, and it has been amazing to watch the whole thing play out. How God cares for us and gives us what we need when we do not deserve it, still is a wonder that we even touched on in church this morning. But providentially God had the perfect job for him posted in April and a friend could get him in on it. He interviewed and they really want him. So he starts in August. Alas, it does entail a move which means cleaning out, painting,  fixing those things that have been hanging around forever needing someone to care – eventually. Eventually has come.

In working in the kitchen the box of Volksmarche plates were found in the cabinet over the refrigerator. Now most of these Mark got before I was around to go on volksmarches with him. But in looking through them again, I found one to catch my eye.

Der Weber

Der Weber, Wanderung 1995 in Bockenau

I actually went on this one. A ten kilometer walk. And the “prize” was this plate from their series on crafts. Now if you study that loom too much you may come away as puzzled as I. I don’t think a weaver actually drew it or at least one that cared about it looking like it could actually work. Still an exciting find though.

Now to go get weaving on my own loom as this yardage has to get done before movers come and want to take my loom apart.

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Glittery 7 Colored Triaxial Star

I was in great need of a fairly quick weaving project to feel like I could still accomplish something. So to the triaxial ribbon box I went and dug out these six glittery ribbons and then an iridescenty whitish ribbon. You see I had seen a picture online of a triaxial star pattern in which all six points were a different color and then surrounded by a seventh color. I was so entranced and wanted to copy the idea and see if I could get six colors in there. So I studied the picture and thought I had it figured out.

Alas I did make one miscalculation and when I couldn’t get the third layer to work I dug out my instructions and found I did the second layer wrong – white should cross itself and it wasn’t, naughty white – so pulled it out every strip one at a time and rethreaded it throw. So a bit longer to complete.

First two layers completed correctly

First two layers completed correctly

I really wish I could memorialize this better in picture as it will probably find its home somewhere else but for all the pictures I took, what is on the computer doesn’t show the changes that play with light and color from different directions. This was a fun piece to play with in the light. And the white ribbon would reflect what was going on around it. So much fun if you are easily entertained.

The third layer went in pretty easy. And as the stars started forming up I was excited that I had made it work. You see, in the end it is rather easy to get six different colors in the stars but this brain doesn’t always work well, and I was excited that I did make it work.

The stars forming up

The stars forming up

The one thing I wish to be different is that the darker colors and lighter colors were mixed up instead of beside themselves. The silver, pink, and green need to be interspersed between the blue, red, and brown. I was a bit nervous using the brown as to whether it would look out of place with the others, but it worked fine.

Oh and just the one miscalculation wasn’t the only hold up on this,  I ran out of ribbon before being done so had to go buy more. The first time I have ever bought ribbon at full price. My box is full of half price sale week ribbon. But I needed that bit more hardly a yard of each color and so it was buy more rolls. And the white? Well, yes, I ran out of it by the third layer so used a light pink. It isn’t real noticeable that there are two different colors there as both reflect the others a bit and really aren’t much different.

When it was done and I was ready to stabilize the piece. I turned it over and found the back of the ribbons very interesting in their muted colors. You see, the ribbon is actually (I didn’t realize at first) a bunch of glitter all attached and easily rubbed off. But the base ribbon made a quite interesting piece on its own.

The muted backside

The muted backside

Well it is completed now and ready to be made into a piece that I have in mind. Hopefully I’ll get two good ones out of it. But if you can tell close up there is a bit of it that is out of kilter. Not the whole thing but just a bit. Oh well, I never could do anything perfect. Good thing I’m not a perfectionist or I would totally drive myself insane.

One side left to trim even

One side left to trim even

 

 

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Fun with Family History Again – Sheep

Philip Clark's (4 great grandfather) 1860 agriculture census with his 18 sheep and 25 lbs. of wool.

Philip Clark (4 great grandfather), on row 5 of the 1860 agriculture census with his 18 sheep and 25 lbs. of wool.

I discovered that http://www.familysearch.org has the 1850 – 1880 agriculture census’ for Illinois. Too excited to see what all my farmer ancestors actually did, I have wasted a lot of time sitting here over the past week. When one thinks of farming, one tends to think more of crops. In my case anyway. But alas there is so much more to traditional farming centuries ago. One didn’t specialize like they do today. They did the gamut. I actually believe more of my people tended to be subsistence farmers as opposed to being out to see how rich they could get.

It was rather amazing to see all that these families did have their hands in. My 4 great grandfather, John Cummins, (son of Daniel Cummins of the Cummins Historical Note entry) was farming in Jasper County, Illinois in 1850 and here is what it says about his farm. The dollar numbers were current value. The bushels and pounds are what was raised in 1849.

50 acres improved
110 acres unimproved
$800 cash value of farm
$50 value of farming implements and machinery
4 horses
3 milch cows
2 other cattle
18 sheep
25 swine
$235 value of livestock
600 bushels of indian corn
100 bushels of oats
5 bushel of Irish potatoes
75 lbs. of butter
$15 value of homemade manufacture
$25 value of animals slaughtered for personal use or sale

So can you guess which of those lines attracts me the most? Yes, it is the 18 sheep. I was amazed at how many had sheep. It seems most did in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census but few in the 1880. I really would love to know what was happening to influence this. Were they taking care of personal needs if only enough wool to knit socks, mittens, and hats? Did they know going west that they would need to supply more clothing needs for themselves? Were they actually selling the wool off? Most seem so little to make it worth to sell. I did find a reference once (and can I shoot myself for not keeping a record of it) that there was a carding mill in Greenup during the 19th century. Next county north but most of my people lived on the north side of Jasper County.

So the gears have been churning and I have a theory on part of it but need a way to test it now. In the 1850s, Illinois was still fairly frontier and we are talking about a part of it that isn’t near major cities. It is just off the National Road though so there would be traffic passing by just a few miles north. I can see the need to have more to supply for yourself. More self-sufficiency needed at this time. But by 1860 we are more settled but still quite a few sheep around. Then 1870 still quite a few. Now theory. During the Civil War cloth becomes precious on both sides of the war. In the South, as the blockade didn’t allow any in except by blockade runners and there were very very few mills in the South. So cloth became incredibly precious. On the flip side though this also hurt the North. With the blockade, the Northern mills weren’t getting any cotton from the South and many were closed before the war was over. So there was a cloth shortage in the North as well. Not as drastic as the South but still. Could they be helping themselves out in this time of more need and less for sale?

Greenup Moore Wilson 1880 agriculture census. 5 sheep, 5 lambs dropped, 5 sold living, 1 died of disease.

Greenup Moore Wilson 1880 agriculture census. 5 sheep, 5 lambs dropped, 5 sold living, 1 died of disease.

Side notes besides the sheep. Almost everyone had an enormous amount of butter they made. I hope these women had a good book to read while churning away. Or maybe it was a good chance to sit and relax though the arms would get tired. Also it would seem to me that they would sell the large amounts of corn and oats but everyone’s potatoes seem so little that I would think that they kept them for themselves. Interesting how Irish potatoes become larger in quantity over time and sweet potatoes fewer. I would think these sweet potatoes were the white ones I’ve just learned about and actually like. Not the yams that so many call sweet potatoes today and I really don’t like. The idea of potatoes being that sweet is just wrong.

 

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A First that is a Now

Today I will be at the loom most of it as opposed to the deep cleaning that has been going on around here. The dust bunnies that have been re-homed have had their revenge in the process and my sinus’ and chest are not happy campers today. So no re-homing of dust bunnies today. Any of the still present ones can stay put for the time being.

But as I don’t have great current pictures of a project, I wanted to go to where the current project on the floor loom began.

Back when Jane got me started weaving she gave me some yarn and Marguerite Porter Davidson’s book, and I picked out a herringbone and basket weave stripped pattern to weave. I wove up this long bit of warp in it and then was done and what was I to do with it? I did a table runner out of a bit of it, then placemats, and napkins. Alas as it wasn’t very pretty, it rarely got used.

Table runner and two of the "napkins"

Table runner and two of the “napkins”

Fast forward a few years and my kitchen cloths were worn out and desperately needed to be replaced. Not wanting to spend money on something so menial, I remembered the “napkins” and pulled them out of the drawer and tried them out. I loved them as cloths! I was happy and those couple of dollars were saved.

So a year or maybe a bunch more later, my mind is running while working in the kitchen, and I see the cloth in the light of the window, I really liked the pattern and got to thinking how nice it would be to have the stripes in different colors so they showed more.

The pattern in the window

The pattern in the window

Oh and yes, at first I was rough on these rags (and yes I grew up calling dishcloths rags and try to be more proper at times, but it is still a rag to me) and know what caused so many distresses so quickly. I have remedied that problem but alas they do look well loved and used as a result.

But back to the project, I went to the stash and found enough red and blue to make another warp and some very light sage green I want to try as weft. But alas it is still a work in process so decided to go ahead and remind myself of where this latest project had its roots.

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