Yellowstone Bison 2018

Yellowstone Bison 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Short Summer

As we ease into Autumn, I am trying to see what I did the past summer.  I know that things were busy, and I know there were some thyroid problems causing me to be a little down, but overall it was pretty good.
My daughter joined a local Cambodian dance group.  She was in long enough to do one performance.  I had fun going to the festival and eating well, then seeing my daughter with the dance group.
The only non-Asian in the group.
 I also went to the local Tulip festival with her.  I enjoy my adult children and I love flowers.

As a family we camped in Arches National Park.  This is an area that we have been to many times, but it has been several years since we were able to camp in the park.  It was a great time and being in the "red rock country" refreshes my soul. 
Our Campsite with the table, our tent and son's ten
We also checked out the Black Dragon Petroglyph in the San Rafael Swell.

My sisters took mom for a weekend away.  We visited her old family home, and a cousin that she grew up with.  It was a great time for her and I think we managed to not wear her out too much.

I taught another video classes with Curious Mondo.  I enjoy the classes, but it is a lot of work to get all the equipment set up and moved to the studio.  I am still working on emptying a couple of the four looms that I set up for the class.

July was two weeks in Reno with the weaver's conferences.  I had not been to Convergence for quite a few years.  I always enjoyed this conference, but it is expensive. For the years when I worked in the weaving store the manager would always go and I ran the store while she was gone.  Now that Convergence and Complex Weaver's are in the same city I can go to both.  I took a great workshop from Robyn Spady and it jump started my interest in parallel threading and "echo" weave.  I followed her instructions and then when I got home, I used the great book "Echo and Iris" to get some additional treadlings on the sample.  I want to continue my exploration in this direction.  My problem is that between teaching, commissions and life I don't seem to have the energy to do my own projects!  I always found the fashion show wonderful.  It used to be mostly wild runway pieces, but this fashion show had many pieces of clothing that we could wear in regular life.

Three conferences ago, I went to my first Complex Weaver's.  I loved this group of sharing women, and loved feeling like there was so much more I wanted to learn.  These women are doing some things that I don't have the equipment or interest in, but they challenge me to try new things and explore places in weaving that I hadn't tried before.  I decided at that first conference that I would try to attend it every time.  I may not be able to always attend, but I love that thought of going and learning new things, and looking at weaving in new ways.

This was a great experience that I had looked forward to for a few months.  I loved hanging out with several hundred tribe.

We had a fall trip to Yellowstone National Park scheduled, but between Reno and Yellowstone, I had a commission to weave 19 rugs.

Four 3' x 5' rugs

Fourteen 2' x 3' rugs
I put 24 yards of wool rug warp on the Macomber loom at Pioneer Craft House and used a lot of it for these rugs.  I have an additional four rugs to weave for a second rug commission and that should use all the rug warp.  These rugs are alpaca corespun yarn, quite fast to weave because they are 4 to 5 ppi.

Our Yellowstone trip was fun, I had not been there of several years.  We decided to not worry about cooking all the meals, so we just planned to eat at the lodges part of the time..  That turned out to be a good decision, because we had evening and night rain a couple of days and no one felt like cooking in that weather.  There are so many places to eat there it was no problem.  My favorite was the Yellowstone Hotel, I want to go back and stay there.
On our way to breakfast after early morning bison watching.
Baby bison
We have been doing a lot this summer, but somehow I feel that I have not been keeping up with things that I am supposed to be doing.  I need to learn to enjoy what I am able to do and let go of those things that I don't get to.


Friday, August 17, 2018


Hooiser Lace

Sunday, April 29, 2018


April has been sunshine and snow.  It is funny to have a day when the temperature is 70 degrees and the next day it is snowing.  My daffodils got snowed on several times this year.
This one was just a light dusting
I have been working on some placemats with a variation of honeysuckle overshot.  She picked out the design when I showed her some of my work.  I was surprised to see that I wove that pattern in 1988.  I really like the look of it and I am surprised that I have not done any other work with it.  I often thought I would like to do some yardage with a fine thread using that design.

It has a lacy look and I am very pleased with it.

I also did some weaving for a woman who does baby wraps.  I have always wondered about weaving them.  It is a lot like weaving yardage, just the same thing over and over.  In this case the 8/2 was about 24 ppi and it took a while to weave a yard.  I was slower than I usually think about my weaving.  

It was pretty familiar to weave, because it was on a Macomber loom.  It was about 8 inches wider than mine, so it felt heavier, but I love to weave on a Mac.

I also took a class in tonder lace with the bobbin lace group.  I have always loved the look of point ground laces and I was interested in tonder.  I was a bit over my head.  I had not done lace for a few months and it took a couple of hours for me to get into the groove.  Tonder is done with 140/2 cotton and so after a six hour day, I had about a half an inch.  I took it apart a couple of times and I had to adjust to that fine yarn.  At first I was breaking it.
This is a piece from the more experienced students
The second piece that I got to start is a straight edge that this heart is based on.  It is really beautiful lace.  I am not sure if I like this better than Bucks point.

I am also working on getting my old stacks of stuff cleaned up and some of it given away.  I really think it is time that I pass around some of my "stash".  There are some projects that I will never get around to.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Time Flys

My life continues like everyone else,  some days are good, some days are better than most and some days we are just getting by.

I started getting a list together of how much each of my looms have been doing this year, but it just got stuck and never made any progress.  So I abandoned the list, my looms have been working, but I don't know exactly how much.  

I was disappointed that the yardage did not come off the Big Mac before the end of the year.  But a couple of weeks in I finished it.  I was not able to find any weft to continue the fabric, so I did a slightly different color for the last yard, maybe it will work for a companion piece or trim on the original.

Finished yardage, not wet finished
On the right side is the original stripe with the very bright handspun (about 2 yards) in the center is the coordinating fabric (about 3 yards and on the left is the extra fabric (about 1 yard).  The original two fabrics have a peacock yarn for the warp and weft, and the extra fabric ended up with bottle green for the weft.  I think it made a good fabric and I hope I can come up with a good piece of clothing.

I taught a rug class and a beginning weaving class for the winter session.  Both classes filled and were fun to do, but I sometimes want some time off to do my work.  (But when I do get that day off, I have so much on my mind to do that it seems like nothing gets done.)

I have started to be satisfied if I get two or three of the things taken care of.  I try not to feel bad if I don't finish the "To Do" list.  Instead at the end of the day I try to look at what I did manage to get done.  Usually I am very satisfied with the list I was able to do, and I try not to just look at what I did not get done.   

I warped my three rigid heddle looms for a video class, then decided I needed a fourth example and bought a Baby Cricket (10") and warped her up.  I have not got any of the projects off the loom.  But the one that did badly in the class, I resleyed it and got a good sample going.  I think it will be used for small zipper bags.  I need to get things done to try to have for sales.
I resleyed to a larger dent heddle
Now the boundweave is covering the warp!
I think I will be much happier with this structure.  I did some small bags with this type of boundweave on a rigid heddle loom years ago and I liked the look and feel of them.

I have been binge watching too much Netflix.  I think it is an avoidance technique.  But while I am watching, I keep my hand busy doing stitchery.  Things I have not done for a number of years.  It has been fun.  There are a couple of counted cross projects that I have started, but the things I have finished are quite an odd group.

A needlepoint ornament for my son

A needlepoint ornament for my daughter

A beaded sheep ornament for me
To top it all off, last fall when I was in Harrisville, I bought a pot holder loom.  You know, the kind we all made potholders from sock loops when we were young.  This is the Pro-sized and makes bigger potholders.  I made about 30 of them!

Bright Christmas colored ones

Multi-colored ones

Deep Christmas colored ones

Bright Kitchen colored ones.
I went crazy with color and weave patterns.  What am I going to do with so many potholders.  At our Sister's Date in January, I let everyone pick out a couple for them to use, so I am down about 8...but that is still a lot of potholders!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

End of the Year

Yesterday my husband changed the calendars.  I guess he is ready for the year to be over.  I wanted to wait, because I wanted to finish weaving the warp on my Big Mac before the year was out.  I have been weaving, but ran into a snag.

This warp has been on the loom for a long time, and for a while I just stacked things on top of the loom and was not weaving it at all.  (I have been weaving on a number of other looms.)
As you can see, it was a sorry sight.
I decided a couple months ago to clean around, on and under the loom, and clear space so I could sit down and weave.  It was a goal to get it off the loom before another year had passed.  I have been weaving and really enjoying using this loom again.  I finished a couple of yards with the handspun accent yarn, then started the yardage without the handspun.  This is a draft of a fabric from Linton Textiles and I think I had plans for a jacket and skirt.  
The plain yardage still shows the floats where the handspun was.
I always planned to make the companion yardage (to the handspun) with the same treadling so that the floats would give it texture.  I really like the way it worked out.  But I ran out of weft yarn.
There is at least a yard of warp left.
So where do I go from here?  Should I see if I can get another cone of the peacock color?  Should I weave it off in a different color to make something else?  I do have some of the handspun left and could use that with a different color weft.  I am at a stand still...I don't think I can come up with the answer before the year is out!  So this one will not get finished this year...

I have finished a large number of weavings, and I have started (and even finished) some sitichery pieces.  I did not knit so many socks this year, but have done knitting.  This summer I got a pro-sized potholder loom from Harrisville Designs and I have made more than a dozen has been fun.  I need to get them to my family and have them pick their favorite...I can't use that many!

I have started some alpaca ponchos.  This is a test to see if I can make them cheaply enough to sell (I need to see if I can make them to sell wholesale to the grower).  It is tough to do, I keep track of my time for warping, weaving and finishing the projects then see if she feels that she can make money on it.  The fabric is beautiful, but it seems to be taking too much time.
This color looks a little warmer than the yardage is

This looks too green

I may need to check the white balance on the camera.  Both pictures are the same yardage, but taken under different light.

Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope the love and the joy of the holiday season follows you throughout the new year.

Saturday, December 23, 2017


Christmas, end of the year, winter solstice...It's that time of year.  I find myself so emotional about everything; teary at commercials, sad (or happy) stories.  I wonder what makes me feel this way.

I feel that I have not got as much done as I should, my "work ethic" is not up to par, I just want to curl up in bed with the heater on.  I should be happier.

The lights are up, 

The advent days are counting by,

We even have some snow,

but it is such an emotional time.

I feel like I need a new start, a new direction, a new year.

I guess I do have one of those starting up...let's see if I can do something with it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Beautiful Autumn

I wrote this several weeks ago and decided I'd add pictures later...

This week has been beautiful weather.  It is getting cool and the leaves are changing.  Also, my overbooked fall is also coming to an end, after this week my schedule has really slowed down, just in time for the holidays!

Today was the memorial service for a student and friend, that alone makes it a retrospective day, but the beautiful mountains also added to my calm.  

I had several great opportunities this fall and so I was busy making the commitments.  After a break of a couple weeks, I started the fall classes.  Then I realized that all my Saturdays in September and October we committed to different places.  I started the first week with a great Weaver's guild meeting the first week in September, we had a wonderful dye class.  We got 16 colors using 8 baggies and two dyes.  We used 4 different percentages of the first dye color and then we over-dyed with four percentages of the second dye color.  We then had a wonderful collection of related colors.  I shared the dye process, so I only have a small ball of each color, but I can knit a hat or weave a scarf from them.  Best of all I had a great time with my guild friends.  

The next week I was sitting a booth at the Farmer's Market for the Craft House and my beginning weaving class also started.  The Farmer's Market has been a great opportunity to get exposure for the classes the we teach at the Craft House, this Saturday, we even had a kick-wheel for demonstrating pottery!

Classes continued the next week and I had a booth at the Norse Fest at the local museum.  This is were I have a piece in their "hallway" show in conjunction with the Swedish Viking show.  I was explaining Viking weaving and showing my weaving and selling.  I had my Baby Wolf and we were VERY busy.  The museum got a larger attendance than anticipated.  It was a successful sell for me and I was very tired when it was over.  I got some passes and my sisters brought Mom to see me and the show.  There were several booths with various Scandinavian arts and crafts.  The next day I also had a commitment to sit a booth at the Gem was a very busy weekend.  

Two days later, we headed out for vacation.  The four of us, me and hubby and the two adult children, flew back east to see some new country for us and visit family.  We flew into Boston and spend a day riding the "T" and walking around until we were dead tired.  We, of course, also ate all of the local specialties that we could and my husband and son got to see ships.  None of the four of us had spent any time in this part of the country so we all were excited to see everything and had only enough time to see a little.  

The second day, we went a little south to Plymouth, MA.  I was very interested in seeing the history and pilgrim life.  I really enjoyed the plantation (it has been there since 1950) and the food in the city was again great.  The city of Plymouth does not have any "chain" restaurants, so all the food was local and wonderful.  I had clam chowder that I really liked.  My clam chowder is great, but with fresh clams, this chowder was wonderful.  I need to "up my game" and find fresh clams here in the does not sound easy!

We then headed up to Vermont and New Hampshire to see the fall colors, unfortunately they had only just started changing and we mostly saw green.  We drove around back roads and found a bunch of covered bridges to take pictures of, but my photographer son said the light was not good and there were too many power lines to get good pictures.  I thought is was fun to see the bridges some very old and some new, but built to look old.

It was overcast and light rain the next day and we decided to travel back to Massachusetts to go to Salem.  My daughter was excited to see the "witches" town and as we were there in October...every weekend is a big celebration.  On the way to Salem, I got to stop in Harrisville, to see the mill, and in Lowell to see where the big mill towns started.  Both places were very interesting to me and even my family found it interesting.  At Lowell, there was a women explaining how weaving is done and, of course, my family had no need of that demonstration...they see it every day!  The old looms working were noisy and very fun to see.

The next day we reached the main reason for our trip, we got to Cape Elizabeth and got to visit with our niece and nephew.  We were able to spend several days with them and since we got there on a weekend, my nephew had the day off and they got to show us around a bit.  The place we stopped for Lobster Rolls, Red's, was crazy, they had a line around the block, so we skipped it and went to Booth Bay to see a beautiful coast town.  It was a tourist town, but not as busy as some and we had great food, walked around to see things and looked for treasure.  Their son is four, and is always looking for treasure and treasure maps (the tourist town maps).  The day was great and I was so happy to get to spend time with them.

By time we were flying home, I was tired and the five hours in the plane gave me a bit of claustrophobia.  I haven't experienced that for a while.

I got home just in time to teach a class at the Natural History Museum.  I ended up with over twenty students, but they were all adults...I had thought that I would have a mix of adult and children.  The class was good, but again I was really tired when it was over.  

That brings us to this week, it started off great with our first opera of the season.  They started off with La Boheme and it was a wonderful production.  I had three private lessons, and I started the beginning rigid heddle class Saturday.  

There really has been a lot happening, I guess there really is a reason why I was so stressed in August.