Monday, November 5, 2012

Shawl Pins

These are the shawl pins I've been making with brass, pearls and gem stones. The brass is hand wrought and sometimes colored with heat.  I then lacquer them to keep their color. A little wax now and then keeps them looking great.  I've sold many of them so it's time to make some more!~ hurray! You can see the one on my scarf and I've found that pointing the "pin" down helps to keep it in place best.  These are the only ones left, so I'll get busy! This is actually an ancient Celtic design...I had no idea when making them...of course I've added my own dangles and shapes.
Plain Copper Shawl Pin on Scarf
2 inches by 2 inches

S shaped shawl pin with pearls, silver and turquoise
3 inches with dangle X 2 inches

curled shawl pin with pearls and turquoise
2 inches X 2 inches

Copper Shawl Pin
2 inches X 2 inches

Twisted Copper Shawl Pin
2 inches X 2 inches

Copper Shawl Pin with square iridescent pearl hishi and silver

Copper Shawl Pin with brass square and turquoise

Copper with Copper wire wrap
1 1/2 inches X 1 1/2 inches

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Snowflakes in Organic Colorgrown Cotton

These are the towels and shawls I'm weaving lately in the colorgrown cotton yarn.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wool Rag Rugs

This is my latest rug attempt.  I'm finding the measurements are rather illusive...I think I've added enough to make them to size and I needed more!  I'm still happy with them.  My teacher Sarah Noggle showed me how to add the Shaker technique as an accent.  It's the chevron pattern bands.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New handwoven cotton blouse

These are handwoven from organic colorgrown cotton.  They are a simple style that is very flattering.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wild with sunflowers

We have thousands of sunflowers greeting us as we come close to makes us smile : )

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Busy Week

Wow! It's been a busy week.  I've played in the garden, hanging herbs to dry, found some great new silk I can't wait to paint...

The Peaceful place to sit a minute

8/2 Mulberry Silk!!! nice for knitting or weaving

an interesting color wheel!!
I'm getting my weaving brain, hands and feet back together, spinning is not so tiring and I've begun some of my sewing projects!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Website Up!!!

Weaving at Gila River
It's been an interesting journey, with the help of Susan Ottwell of,  my website has a new look.  It isn't totally functional yet and I need to add some pages and shopping cart, but it is up!  Feel free to take a look and definitely give some constructive criticism where you see the need.  We'll have menu buttons soon!

Friday, June 15, 2012

For Those Interested

I want to apologize for not posting and sharing lately. I fell hiking in Vasquez Rocks, CA earlier this month and have been sort of out of commission with a broken wrist.  I'll be working on my website and try to get the new format up soon!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sewing with Handwovens

The Sewing with Handwovens with Carry Wilcox was a great experience.  I'll post some photos soon.  I thought Carry did a great job getting everyone to have a finished project and the group was totally cohesive.  We made a lovely jacket with a handwoven front panel, and some people used all handwoven fabric in the jacket, some used commercial fabric.  I'm ready to do another one!

Monday, May 14, 2012


I'm sorry not to have posted for so long.  First my computer died and I'm learning a new one...without a card reader to post pictures.  Second we went on a trip to visit our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.  I stopped along the way at the Fiber Event in Greencastle and had a lovely time there as a vendor.  So the latest is our garden.  Being at such a high altitude and in the mountains our climate is not conducive to gardening, as well as the dogs and our newest puppy who think the garden beds are for digging.  So, for mother's day I had lovely help from husband Will and son Jeremy, fencing and getting the greenhouse together.  I thought I'd share the progress.

You can see our greenhouse is without ends as yet. We have a raised bed with plastic for warmth nearer to the house

The coldframe next to the greenhouse, which will house the tomatoes soon, has squash ready to plant!

I added some color with calla lilies this spring

We find pottery shards on the property. These were found in the garden area

Friday, April 13, 2012

Traveling Inkle Loom

This is a loom tat we originally got the directions from the Small Looms book.  I had Will make it bigger and add some new features to it.  It's turned out great!  He's even made a lovely shuttle to go with it.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Drip dry and freezing colors

 So, do you think it might have been cold last night and early this morning...these are icicles...I left the fiber out on the line all night....

Spring in the Mimbres

We are finally seeing signs of's still 20 degrees in the morning and 70 by the plants must think it's spring!  Actually we were able to root plants for a this time of year! Today it was 24 degrees when I got to take the puppy out and stay outside because it was still dark and the coyotes and a skunk were near!! But it didn't feel so cold...funny.

can you believe how short the hyacinth is!! smells wonderful

first signs of the columbine

pretty pink in the yard...very very small, I almost missed them!

the poppy is going to try it again....usually it doesn't like the location and I'm totally tempted to move it, but the it will surly die....

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sock yarn , colors and new yarns

Panda Cotton hand painted

washable wool with nylon sock yarn

organic cotton elastic headband

Elastic yarn with merino and seacell/merino

OK you want to see how big Zach is?

Here is a picture of Zach with some references around him to give some perspective.  He's getting big, but not THAT big! He's fitting in nicely, the old girls are accepting him pretty well...the cats have given in and decided he must be here to stay.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I'd like you to meet Zachary...

Zach is about 7 weeks old and just a cutie.  One of my spinning students brought him over and he's decided to stay and let the old ladies, Gracie and Shasta show him some of the ropes around here. Everyone is calming down, Zach is sleeping through the night and sort of poddy trained, the cats are happily staying clear of the rambucious critter, but not hiding and sooo happy he's not yipping all night!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Just off the loom

I've been weaving yardage of the colorgrown organic cotton and took 7 yards off the loom this weekend.   It's in an M and O's woven pattern and the colors really look great after washing....if you go to the December 25th blog you can see this before washing.

This is a doubleweave project I learned from Suzanne Halvorson.  I made a scarf like this but the photos didn't come out, so this is the wall hanging.  It's cool because you can put pencils or knitting needles in the "pocket" areas.  This is rayon chenille and I need to get it ready to hang.