Saturday, May 31, 2014

Prayer Shawl

One of our weavers has been battling a serious illness.  To help in her recovery these members got together and wove her a prayer shawl. It's like a big hug and a get well prayer from us to her!

Shirley D., Ann, Becky, Jane, Larry, Bo, Sam, Shirley C., Barbara, Vicki, Peggy, and Dawn.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Again With The Thinking?

Yep, still unable to get to the looms. My Macomber with the baby blanket on it has turned her back on me, the table loom won't even look me in the eye, and the Baby Wolf has been heard whining late at night.

Here is a picture of my tulip tree. This small limb was hanging to close to the lawn mower man's head (hubby) so it was 'nipped in the bud'... Mother Nature sure can come up with some great color pallets, can't she?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Complex Weavers Study Group

I have been a busy beaver. Well, not weaving but reading and doing paperwork. I needed to get my samples and write-up together and mailed off for one of my Complex Weavers study groups. So I put my nose to the grindstone, ah... maybe the computer.... and mailed off my samples today to 'Samples the Old Fashioned Way Study Group'. I like this study group because we work on just about anything we want then share our explorations. The past two years I have been consumed with single two-tie (summer and winter). And I really love to go outside the box.... so my submission is Double Huck with Three Tabbies on a summer and winter threading.

This is just a four shaft draft.

If you are a member of Complex Weavers, you can borrow our study group notebooks to see my stuff and other very exciting stuff. As a matter of fact, their web sight is a place you could spend several days checking out!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

More Thinking

Life is short.
Buy the shoes.
I think this lady was flying to her nearest fiber shop.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thinking Out Loud

Doing nothing is hard.
You never know when you are done!
Happy Mothers Day!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Words of Thanks

Flowers to cheer me up! Thanks Becky!!

My Redbud Tree in bloom. Ahhhh!
Thanks to all my weaving friends near and far for their wishes, cards, emails, flowers, books and a tree! Some of you I have never met in person, while others I see once or twice a month. You all have one thing in common....... your generosity, kindness and friendship.   

Friday, May 2, 2014

Book Review Part Four

These next two book are in my personal library. I learned about the first one "Overshot, a manual for creative drafting and weaving" from Vicki Tardy at a Midwest Weavers Conference a few years ago. At that time in my weaving voyage I was immersed in all things overshot. I love traditional overshot, but found that "creative overshot" was a way to enjoy this great weave structure and yet step out side the box and create unexpected designs. I hold Vicki as one of my teachers who unlocked my "what if, how come, let me try this" thinking.

"Pattern Techniques For Handweavers" for me is more of a quick reference book. It has basic information for beginning weavers but also Drawloom techniques for those with more complex looms. It is very nicely put together. Just a few of the techniques discussed are: Extended summer and winter, uneven tied overshot, three-tie weaves, supplementary-warp pattern or turned Opphamta. Some will find it to be to in-depth, while others will think it doesn't go into enough depth. I think it would be a good reference book for middle of the road weavers. You may not be into uneven tied overshot now, but who know what you may want to explore in the years ahead.

I hope you have enjoyed my book reviews. Maybe you have a favorite book (or books) that speak to you too!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Review Part Three

What can I say about this next book except if you plan or was thinking about weaving a rag rug or placemats or table runner you MUST check out this book. I have never met Tom Knisely, but a few of my friends have and say he is very much the "teacher of the year" that Handweavers Guild of America says he is. His simple straight forward text and drafts and tips should make weaving your first rag project very enjoyable. If you are a seasoned rag rug weaver you will be surprised to see some exciting things Tom has come up with.

Not all rag rugs are for the floor. Here is an example of a great table runner. Pick his colors or choose your own!