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Weaving

Summer side up

On the loom, a run of runners. Summer and winter, Diamond and Block pattern, Threading #2, from Marguerite Davison’s Handweaver’s Pattern Book. Interesting preamble to the Chapter, on the origins of the weave which were traditionally credited to both Pennsylvania Dutch, and the Finnish. My tie-up is reversed on my counterbalance, so I’m enjoying the […]

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Weaving

working colours

I love how colours working together as light are quite different  than had they been puddled together into solid pigment.   Here is the Oranges and Lemons warp of the previous two posts with a new weft – predominantly brick-rose. My last table runner off the loom last week glows against the soft white of Rachelle […]

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Garden

Harbingers

Spidery Witchhazels and Hellebore buds, like claws from the dark earth.

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Weaving

Say the Bells of St. Clements

The bowl of oranges and lemons of my previous post would not wait another day, so I cut this twill table runner off the loom last night. Odd how old nursery rhyme chants roll round and round in the mind.  They are so instilled in us that vague and meaningless as they are, they become cultural […]

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Weaving

Oranges and Lemons

Maybe it’s our Pacific Northwest winters – gray, gray, gray, with occasional teasers of sparkly bright hoarfrost days. Maybe it’s the old National Geographic article I’ve been reading about shipwreck treasure and the crew’s likely demise from scurvy, or just because I’m an incorrigible colour hound and can’t get enough of these happy colours… or […]

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Drawing and painting

A pomegranate a day

My personal directive of a drawing a day had taken a rest for far too many days! So woolbegone am I. I’ve re-arranged my tables and banished some of the wool baskets, and set up my drawing and painting corner in my studio.  The pomegranate that I had picked carefully from the produce stand three […]

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Weaving

Winter fire dance

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 […]

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Garden

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 […]

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Garden Weaving

Loom Bloom

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. This witchhazel is from the rootstock of a grafted variety.  The graft failed, and I had almost dug it up, but so glad I didn’t.  The flowers […]

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Fiber

Fleece and Fiber Feast

This weekend, while the cat dozed, I went to the Cowichan Fleece and Fiber Fest. A feast of yarn, fiber, knittings, spinnings, weavings… nice to bask in for an hour or two.   Then, stop by the Loom, for more basking in yarn and fiber, and come home from it all with some necessities. A […]