Sunday, December 26, 2010

New projects on the loom

I've had to bring looms inside near the fire, and I am weaving a lot! We haven't gotten my studio heated as yet (my engineer is working on it).  50 degrees sounds warm, until you try to work in it.  Last spring Kathy, from Unique Design's by Kathy, and I traded some yarn.  It's  been a challenge to think of a way to use her coils and keeping the integrity of the yarn.  I've been experimenting with "window scarves" and this is what I came up with.  Sorry for the blurrrrrr.... It's fun the way it fulls after washing and fills in all the holes.  I sort of like the holes!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Organic Cotton Cloths and Towels

The sets are Banana paper bags, reusable, with 3 10 x 10 cloths....
The towels vary in size and types of fabric...all 100% organic fabric and thread!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tucson Wool Festival

We had a great time at Kathy's Unique Designs.  It's taken me a while to post...I have another festival coming up this weekend!  Yikes!...Kathy introduced me to Crazy Lace and I thought I'd post the scarf I made with this design.  Also some pictures of the festival and a handspun, handwoven ruana.

 Crazy Lace knit silk

The booth! 
 Mindy's handspun yarn and fiber
 My Friend Mindy
 Handspun and doubleweave ruana front
ruana back
          smaller windows silk scarf
Silk windowpane scarf

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall in the Mimbres

We've had a great autumn this year. The valley is wonderfully green with rains nearly everyday in July and August and periodically in September. I have "chamomile" growing outside my studio!! We made a little garden at the east end and have harvested zucchinis, have climbing beans for shelly beans, and lots of sunflowers. It's been a great creative space!

The Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival was this past Saturday. I met a lot of people from the valley and visited with many friends. I found quite a few spinners and weavers that need just a bit of encouragement to begin "playing" again. Next is Kathy's Tucson Wool Festival in Arizon, Nov. 6th. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces! I'll have more of my hand dyed rovings and yarns available this year, plus I'll be bringing items I've woven for sale and handspun yarn.


Cone flower

These are the last of the hundreds of hummingbirds we've fed throughout the summer

roots and rocks
Studio Garden

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Handpainted Top and Curlie Yarns

Handpainted Aussie Top and handspun Curlie Yarn
Handpainted Seacell Merino Top
Curlie Yarn from Fine Australian Wool
Bamboo Merino painted top
handspun seacell merino
hand dyed fine Aussie Wool

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What's on the Loom?

The latest project is a 20/2 hand painted silk warp and dyed silk weft. This is a 4 shaft advancing twill scarf. It's coming out lovely and really something to keep on top of the treadling!!!

I'm always playing with colorgrown organic cotton. This is a towel or table runner....might even make it into a wider a modified Star of Bethlehem pattern. I've used the olive green, sage green and caramel in the warp. For this particular piece I'm using dark green for the weft.

My rug loom is warped and working. I have two small rugs on already. I thought I'd use us the cut pieces I had on hand and cut the and dye the next colors as I want them.

Our daughter Annah makes fun creatures...these are my mascots cheering me on. I have some of my woven items on the second shelf and 10/3 pearl cottons and mohair yarn for sale on the 3rd shelf. the first shelf has some white pearl cotton in 10/2 I think and some sunbrella.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I am busy in my studo!!

I've been filling this shop!!! There is a small sign on the road that says "Weaver's Cottage"...we'll need to make a larger sign soon. This one isn't too visible really. The clutter comes and goes. I am finding I need space to process orders...Will brought home a counter top that will fit beautifully. New warps on the looms and the fun continues!

Susan's double weave shuttle holder is in constant looks great on the wall!

This is a wallhanging made by Jean for my studio!!! She used my curlie yarn...

Gila Cliff Dwelling Hike

Our friends Haruko, Sanae, and Midori recently visited. We only had 1 day so of course we took them to the Cliff Dwellings. It is amazing the ancient American influence in this area. We find pottery shards on our property with an amazing history. We are very humbled.