Christmas Cards 2014

i didn’t plan for sending cards in my mad life right now. But then I realized I could use the Inkle band I wove in the hotel last week for cards. So bought some plain cards, stickers, and markers and set about it this week.

Variations on a theme

Variations on a theme

I was just going to write on them and use the stickers on the envelopes, but who was I kidding. I do not have a good hand and realized the stickers would look better than anything I could write. Alas some did get my handwriting when the stickers ran out.

So they are in the mail. Hopefully everyone will like them. Not very fancy but they will know I thought of them at this time of year. There is still a bit of band left if I discover I missed someone I shouldn’t have. Not much though. Guess I better start weaving again.

Categories: Fiber | Leave a comment

In the Motel with an Inkle Loom

So we have officially sold our house in Spring but do not have a place in Austin yet. All my favorites during this journey have sold before ours, and we needed to wait on ours first.

Needless to say a person could be depressed if they had to find shelter with two dogs. Not easily done but we are in the motel Mark stayed at that was cheap and allows dogs. So we are a long way from the Ritz (as in not the same planet) but we are all together and making it work.

The Lord has been good teaching us and leading us to Scriptures that continue to show how great God is in the care of his children. My favorite right now is from Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. How people handle stress without Christ is beyond me.

But I have a project going in the room. I brought the inkle loom but didn’t save the shuttle before the packers got it, so a Cliff bar box to rescue and metal book mark. I love the way it is looking.

Inkle band in process

Inkle band in process

I had limited colors with me but I love how this black, pink, and maroon look together. The pattern is from the Inkle Pattern Directory page 22 and is named Adjacent Flowers.

Categories: Weaving | Tags: , | 2 Comments

My CHH Purchase

Each year Contemporary Handweavers of Houston has a sale. The last two I have actually entered things into it. I think I did better this year than last but still have a ways to go to really feel like I have spectacular entries. But that isn’t what this post is about. You see, the last four years as I have gotten to go to the sale, I have bought one item made by someone different each year that is my item for the year. Now I wish I had recorded them each time but alas and alack for hindsight.

This year as I perused the tables and walls and hanging racks, I was wondering what I would get and would fit the budget. I do have some parameters I try and work within and so after several passes around the two rooms, I settled on a piece that is somewhat surprising. It was a table runner by Marian Carlson.

Perfectly fits my table

Perfectly fits my table

Now those who know me well, know that these are not my favorite colors. I do have an aversion to yellow. But I also do not have much of anything that is fall colors and thought this would be great for a fall table. It fits perfectly (as I like my table runners to look) so you would think she made it just for me.

An added bonus I didn’t notice until I laid it out on the table was that the edges have beads.

Beads in the twisted fringe

Beads in the twisted fringe

Such a nice touch right along the top of the fringe. This was not a quick addition to the runner. As I like adding beads to pieces this was a bit of icing on the cake. Now for the first time I have a fall table and need to go find the turkey napkin holder to put with it.

 

Categories: Weaving | Tags: | 4 Comments

Sale Time Again

Well tomorrow I take some of my things to the sale and I feel the same as last year and want to quote as I did then.

“So my thoughts turned to Anne Bradstreet’s poem “The Author to Her Book”. You see, she was a Puritan poet. She wrote mostly privately but her brother, unbeknownst to her, took her poems and had them published. She was shocked by this and thus came this wonderful poem about her children being thrust out into the world and not thinking them quite ready for it yet. And considering that mine all have to do with weaving, one part of her poem is rather humorous by comparison.

In better dress to trim thee was my mind,
But nought save home-spun cloth, i’ th’ house I find.”

All in all I feel some better about things this year. Learned a bit and think that they are better than before. Well, except for a few great pieces that didn’t come home. But still they are but home-spun and no fine dress to trim them with.

One thing I tried new this year was to frame some triaxial in glass frames I found. I loved them and Mark asked for one for his desk at work. He doesn’t praise much but that made me feel good about them. Gave another away as a gift and it was loved. So hopefully they will find good homes or else will be great Christmas gifts.

A few items.

A few items

Interesting between these is that the plainest one (to me) is actually the most interesting when held up to the light. That led to these as the frames are see through, and you can look through the pastel one, and it changes colors and shapes. It takes so little to entertain some of us.

Categories: Tidbits | 2 Comments

Glitter and Stars Everywhere

I am like a fly drawn to that dangerous light. Must go despite even knowing potential danger.

Yes I was at Hobby Lobby and of course I never not look at ribbon and Christmas ribbon – who can resist?

Alas it is beautiful, and shiny, and glittery. As in tiny bits of glitter all over.

Oh well I wanted to make a glittery Christmas stars and so decided on my own rotation of colors and would wait to see what would happen. Alas when one works with shiny ribbon it is hard to see edges so it takes a bit more time to do it and a bit of frustration, but oh! the rewards.

First two layers done and can you see any sort of pattern? or anything not just a mess of confusion?

First two layers done and can you see any sort of pattern? Or anything not just a mess of confusion?

So I got the first two layers in without any mistakes or at least ones that you discover after the fact. Doesn’t look wonderful and rather confusing but on we will plow. The third layer is going in. Line by line. When over a bit I discover yes there is a problem.

Can you find the mistake?

Can you find the mistake?

The problem is that I basically understand the third layer in the star pattern. I should by this time having done it many times. But when you notice what I saw there – what is one to do? I gently pulled out the ribbon from between the rest back to where I thought the problem was and reinserted it. Alas looking at it again it was still a problem child. So had to pull it out even farther back. Rethink what was happening and where it should be. And try again. Thankfully third time on that ribbon made it to the correct crossings.  So now, I can go on to the finish.

Competed star piece.

Competed star piece.

So what was this pattern if the urge to repeat it comes? I repeated in each layer 1 green, 1 silver, 2 green, 1 silver, 1 green, 1 red, 1 silver, 2 red, 1 silver, 1 red. I think it would be interesting to do it again but change where I start the pattern on the third layer and see how the stars differ. Alas that will be some time away as, did I mention glitter with this? Yes I have glitter everywhere that came off this ribbon. It is all around where I worked on this but the worse is that it really loved clinging to my pad.

Must get all this off before my next piece. Can anyone cry with me?

Must get all this off before my next piece. 

Boy is the next step not going to be fun. Wonder how much tape I will go through trying to coax that glitter to the trash.

Do wish I could photograph this better for the memory, but I shan’t forget this piece any too soon.

 

Categories: Weaving | Tags: | 2 Comments

A First that is a Now part 2

Well, I just went looking and found that it was back in June that I had decided to weave again a pattern I had woven when I was first learning to weave. I called it then A First that is a Now as I was starting it, but all I had to show then was the worn out rags that I was using in the kitchen and loved from that first warp.

Fast forward. We are moving to Austin (some day when the Lord decides the timing is right to sell this house) so I had to weave off what was on the loom and get it all packed away. Promptly everything went into boxes and deposited in a forgotten place. But time passed by, and the guild sale was coming up, and I knew I had packed some things away for it and needed to find them sooner than later. I tore the garage apart several times. Been up on top of boxes and dressers, over chairs, in holes, thankful that despite I don’t do much in the exercise way, I am still fairly limber for the holes I got my self into. But to get back at it, I couldn’t find this plastic container that I could remember placing one item in.

Discouragement reigned about me. Until just last Fridayish I suddenly had a thought while out in the garage. I had put some thing in the closet under the stairs. Could the lost box be there. I walked very slowly in to look as I wanted the euphoria of finding it to last a little while in case I was wrong. But alas when I dug back – there was the box and what I was looking for was in it. But also I discovered my warp straight off the loom not washed or pressed, just cut off and dumped in the box to be forgotten. Yes, I forgot all about it.

So out it came to be washed and pressed and the hand towels cut off and hemmed. Now as I do love using the rags in the kitchen I had also woven rag sizes as well so each towel came with a washcloth (ok I will try and use a bit more uppity word). Oh the memories of that warp. So here it is.

I picked three colors in the stash for it. A red, a blue, and an incredibly light green that almost looks white. I made the stripes of blue and red. I had less red than the other colors so it became the narrower basketweave stripes. The blue became the twill stripes. The pattern is out of the Green Davidson Book but as it is in the garage right now, I can’t actually look up the page and pattern title.

I then wove a solid blue weft on this warp and it came out somewhat nice. You really can’t see the twill pattern in it but it has a great look to me anyway. Though here it does have a bit of fuzz on it so will get a second wash.

Blue weft hand towel and washcloth

Blue weft hand towel and washcloth

Since I had very little red left I decided to weave alternating stripes of the three colors. Leave it to me to have a basic twill weave and still end up using three shuttles. I just can’t get away from multiple shuttle patterns. And as such, of course, this is my favorite of the three. I did run out of the red so couldn’t make more than one set of them.

Alternating 4 picks of each color in the weft

Alternating 4 picks of each color in the weft

Then as I had tons of the light color I then wove two sets with it. Alas though it does wash the color out pretty much. Not a horrid look, and I did change the sett to help it some, but still not my favorite combination but it works.

Light color weft

Light color weft

Still have the other set of light weft ones to press and then hem and they will all be done. All in all not bad. Though as I wrote this I probably wove them in a total different order than I wrote about them here. Who knows what happened back there in June now.

Three wash clothes together

Three wash clothes together

Categories: Weaving | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

Christmas Tree Card

I had to make a quick entry here as I do like this card. The green cloth of the tree is from some finger towels I wove back several years ago, but they just didn’t look as nice as I envisioned them. They were plain weave with a border that was to look like a tree with a star on top. If you know what to look for you can see it – well sort of. I did give the best one away in an exchange and a gal swapped to get it as she knew I had woven it. But the others have just sat here. So now they are becoming real Christmas trees.

Christmas tree card

Christmas tree card

I have it recorded to remember it by.

Categories: Fiber Arts, Weaving | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Fabric Sample Jacob’s Ladder

So I did try again with the Jacob’s Ladder fiber swatches. I was hunting the container with finished items for the sale (and no it hasn’t been found yet) but I did find the big bag of matting left over from framing prints while we were in England. I grabbed some bits out of it and added them to the one table I have out and it became a bit more crowded.  Then I was able to get to one cabinet that had some of my handwoven scraps and pieces in it and grabbed them. On with the idea.

So I decided that I would cut the matting into 3 inch squares. First part done, looking good except for one bit of miss-cutting but not very noticeable. Also cut three ribbons double the length of the cards and a bit.

Squares cut and ribbon.

Squares cut and ribbon.

I next went through fiber pieces and cut out 2 1/2 inch squares. It is nice to verify that it is good I have a hard time throwing small pieces away of my handwoven. In fact, I had a couple pieces not much bigger than what I needed. Now I may have done overkill but I ironed on backing to the swatches then glued that to card that I had that was punched out and the right size. Actually they were the right size as I planned this to match them. Then I glued that to the matting.

Swatches and cards glued up.

Swatches and cards glued up.

Next came the trouble of seeing if I could interpret the running of the ribbons between the cards and get it all correct. I looked at more pictures and figured it out a lot easier than the book was trying to tell me to do it. The book always wanted the new card to be laying on the table flat so the ribbons had to be manipulated carefully to get in the right place and also you had to play with the spacing. I discovered though that if you just stack them as you put it together, it works much better for this brain. So off we went.

Card one with ribbons glued on.

Card one with ribbons glued on.

First, I figured out where the three ribbons would go and drew lines to help be sure and get them as closely lined up evenly as this kid could do it. The first card is always the easiest. Now you would glue on top of this the back card to this set. Alas what dogged me on this whole project was getting the two cards glued together. I tried different glues and spent way too long holding the pieces together by finger point and they just didn’t want to stick together easily. Not sure if it was too much already glued to one side so it was curved too much or just haven’t found the right glue, but we persevered.

First set glued and staying together.

First set glued and staying together.

Now here comes the trick to making sure it goes together correctly. Don’t ask me to explain it but if I didn’t do it, well all went cattywumpus and had to be taken apart. Take this first set and turn it around 180° so that the white ribbon is running left and the black ribbons are running right. Or better the middle ribbon is running left and the outside ribbons are running right. Then fold the ribbons over the finished block.

Second block added with ribbons folded over.

Second block added with ribbons folded over.

Now you want to add the next card facing down on top of the ribbons and then bring them back over it and glue the ribbons across it.

Next card added with the ribbons glued to the inside of it.

Next card added with the ribbons glued on the inside.

Now take the card that goes with this one and glue the two together. Drive yourself crazy while trying to accomplish it, and eventually it does stay together at all corners. The main problem here is that I could easily set something heavy on top of these till they dry but alas with the swatches on them the corners do not get pressed together. I have only found fingers and time can get them together.

Second card of pair glued to the first with ribbons between.

Second card of pair glued to the first with ribbons between.

I continued on with this for all six sets. Alas though being me I did face troubles on set number four when I didn’t put the board in correctly and had to take it apart with glue everywhere. Sometimes you just want to kick yourself.

When I got to the end I did make loops on all three ribbons which probably was crazy. I did think that they might reach around and tie of a sort and hold it all together but that was not to be. But I did finish it. I wish it was a bit more perfect but alas and alack it was I making it.

And there is a memory in every swatch on it. One of my very first handwovens made on a table loom before I ever had a floor loom. My third try at log cabin and it came out so beautifully 3D. There are three there with the same warp yet so different. Two are actually the same cloth but the front and back are totally different textures (can’t really tell in the pictures though). I so think it a great pattern for towels but have yet to do it perfectly enough to venture out of this house. I guess you can probably guess I love Shadow Weave again with its play of light and dark and 3D-ishness. As well as I do love overshot and could remember two achievements there one for my husband who had worked on B-52s in the Air Force and one that is a copy of an 1830s coverlet.  But then my spinning is not left out as my first handspun cotton also get to shine in a swatch. Then there is the red warp for a swatch swap that I still don’t like and the one for CHT conference towel swap that although somewhat interesting, I really don’t care for either.

So here it is my Fabric Swatch Jacob’s Ladder.

One side the Jacob's Ladder

One side the Jacob’s Ladder

Second side

Second side

Fun things to do with it.

Fun things to do with it.

Yes, it does work and I so love playing with it.

Categories: Fiber Arts, Weaving | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments

Fractal Triaxial Gift

At work everyone is taking something in tomorrow for our wonderful boss. I wanted to do something with a fractal card pattern I had found and used awhile back. Alas all ideas went south and didn’t come back from their voyage. So after a bit of fiddling, I found a different way to do it and finally got it done. Of course it looked a lot better on a computer screen than I could get it to print out but all in all I am happy with it. Instead of pictures in all the boxes I ended up going for encouragement. It is titled What do I Know About My God? and then My God is… with a list of wonderful characteristics of God.

All these boxes are different shades of green.

All these boxes are different shades of green.

I also framed a piece of triaxial. I wanted first to do my colorful stars but that ended chasing the other ideas to sunny climes. It did end up too thick to fit in the frame. So after playing with it a bit I did find a piece that worked and framed it in the glass frame. I think it looks nice.

I think of this as my book pattern.

I think of this as my book pattern.

My boss does love to read so I think this is particularly apropos for her. I see rows and rows of open books here waiting to be read and divulge their wonders to an enquiring mind. So many worlds to visit and loves to find. So here is what I will be taking in tomorrow to work to a great lady.

Ready to be wrapped.

Ready to be wrapped.

 

Categories: Tidbits, Weaving | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

An Evenings Work

So I want to cover some boards with a piece of weaving and triaxial is really all I have out. So I need two pieces about full size that would go together for front and back covers. So out came the really nice ribbon I have left over and in an evening created a piece.

Can you find the hexagons?

Can you find the hexagons?

I saw a pattern being woven in a picture online so decided to try and replicate it. I did work out the pattern but these were not the right colors to do it n. The colors need to be very distinct and contrasting. But anyway, it is a fun one to play with your eyes. I know what it is suppose to look like but I keep seeing two colored stars. This is not a star pattern. So I do get to play with what all one sees in it.

Love how different angles give different effects.

Love how different angles give different effects.

This one really does change how it looks when viewed at different angles.

Love this angle

Love this angle

So I guess, it is obvious I need to get it backed and then see if I have enough of these ribbons left to do another that would be different but still go with it. (I probably should fix that sentence but it is how this brain works so will leave it.)

Categories: Weaving | Tags: , | 2 Comments

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The Adventure Journal Theme.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 37 other followers