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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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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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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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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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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 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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Weaving

Looming

It is the weaver’s (and knitter’s) burden to house humungous heaps of yarn stash.  It’s our painter’s palette, and the looming possibilities of combinations and permutations of all that colour and texture  feed us. Jam a new cone onto the shelf, and a chance rearrangement sparks another colour inspiration. But often, the best of the […]

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Weaving

Off the loom

Today we cut seven towels off the loom. A weaver friend and I are sharing the warp .. and inspiration.

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Weaving

Kumihimo

This past weekend, I participated in a Kumihimo workshop given by Alison Irwin.

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luminosity

On the loom right now, Bronson Lace Towels.  Love the colours. Love the punctuation of the Bronson  squares, full to the grid square, or centred in neighbouring square. And the inspiration I took  from an earlier chalk pastel I did of the Physalis alkekengi ..Japanese Lantern. I’m reminded to  take time today, to draw.  It […]