cynara de goutiere

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Winter fire dance

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November 21st, 2011 Posted 7:49 pm







Cut off my counterbalance loom today, a mohair throw, in a canvas weave lace structure – another weave learned in Jane Stafford’s Lacy Places workshop.  Actually, two throws.  My friend Terry and I weave together once a week and we shared this warp.  What fun.

JJ Montage handpaints mohair in “Fireball” and green laceweight wool.  Random bands of teal mohair to give depth and break up the frenetic colour dance. Random pics of pink and muted plum to quieten.

The very open structure of 6 epi and 6ppi made the fabric so fragile, I was anticipating that wet finishing would be its demise.  But a gentle fulling in the tub in hot soapy water gave it integrity, without losing the laciness.

Winter fire dance.



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November 18th, 2011 Posted 3:36 pm

Sorbus Cashmiriana?








I planted this Kashmir Rowan a few years ago.  It was a pup in a gallon pot from a local nursery, – looked like a seedling, and the label Sorbus Cashmiriana featured a photo of pink blossoms and noted the white berries.  The fibre evocation of the name was enough for me…  And its home in the Himalayas.  I even kept one Himalayan blackberry vine near it for company in its new wild garden home.  This year it bloomed.  White flowers.  And the berries now showing are pink!  With the bluey green leaves, looks more like a S. vilmorinii.  I’m not complaining. It’s beautiful, and in perfect pink company with the himalayan blackberry.

Himalayan Blackberry








Speaking of pink..

Does pink get more perfect than this?

Chopstick Rest






Exquisite chopstick rests brought as a gift from a friend living in Japan.














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Loom Bloom

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November 4th, 2011 Posted 11:10 am

Huck Lace Blooms










Thinking of spring already..

while spring blooms in fall..







On the loom, a towel run in cottolin and 2/8 cotton.  Huck Lace blocks on plain weave, four shafts.


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