Monday, November 24, 2014

Kitchen Towels

Why yes! These are not scarves. Ha! I had to try something different on the loom. I used a 100% cotton yarn that was recommended for kitchen/tea towels. Both of these towels are from the same warping on the loom and I wove each one differently with color placement.

Things I learned from this first towel experience:  I need to weave them slightly longer so that they have adequate ends for hemming. Warping the loom for this project takes much longer than warping for a scarf. I love bold, bright colors!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yes! Another Scarf

Scarves weave up so quickly. I love instant gratification. For this one I, again, used novelty yarns for the warp and for the weft I chose a wool sock yarn that was hand dyed in shades of pinks, oranges, and purples. This one is spoken for, but I am currently working on another one that is similar.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Second Weaving Project

I'm really getting into weaving. Here is the second project I made...another scarf. The yarns I used in the warp are all novelty fibers. These are the yarns you see that run the length of the scarf and you can really see them in the fringe.

The weft yarn was a yarn by Noro and it is a blend of wool, cotton, and silk, and is very soft. I really like how the colors in this yarn graduate from one shade to the next.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby Quilt

I finished the baby quilt. In case you missed my post in the past, we are expecting a new bundle of joy in our family. My son and daughter-in-law are expecting a boy. Her due date is early December but we might see our new baby sooner, from the way things have been progressing. She was already dilated to two centimeters over a week ago. Who knows what will happen!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lazy is as Lazy Does

Hmm, so I'm lazy lately. Well not lazy with everything....just blogging, taking photos, and stuff like that.

But today that all changed. We'll see how long it lasts.

The last time I blogged here, I shared all the handbags that I had made for my weekend at our local quilt show.  I took somewhere in the range of 14 or 15 bags with me and came home with three. Woo hoo!

Here are the three that I still have and they now appear in my Etsy shop.

Our quilt guild challenges our members to make something following a set of challenge rules. All the members who participate have their items shown in the quilt show.  Below is the item I made. The challenge was to make something in the same colorway as a crayon that was drawn from a bag. And Yay! I picked my favorite color....ORANGE!

I had wanted a new table runner for my coffee table for some time and the crayon challenge was the perfect time to make one. I love how it looks on the table under my colorful kitty platter.

Since I was really into taking lots of photos today of all the things I've been doing, I thought I should spare you a really long post with all the I'll share more in the days to come.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bags and More Bags

I made time yesterday to set up a photo shoot of all the handbags I've made. There are 10 of them here. 

I have four more bags started but they might have to wait several days as I am in the final days of prep for my classes this weekend. I need to gather up all my supplies and get everything packed up and then go over my class notes, while again, hoping I do not forget anything. Oh and then, just yesterday, I realized I still needed to write up the pattern instructions for the zippered pouch we will be making in class. Yikes!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trying to Surface

I feel like I've gone underground lately...especially when it comes to blogging. As mentioned previously I'm busy getting ready for some classes I will be teaching at a local quilt show and I am in the final week of preparations. Next weekend we go live!!!

As I write this the printer is busy printing pages of product info, patterns, and more for my classes. I've been busy ordering supplies that will be used in the classes and trying to think think think, in hopes that I don't forget or overlook something.

I've also been busy making lots of handbags. I will take some with me to the show next weekend and then I'll add any that are left to my Etsy shop. I hope to get photos of those this week so that I can share them here.

In the meantime, I have to share something new that I got. I purchased a used rigid heddle loom from a lovely couple that advertised on Craigs List. The loom is somewhere around 20 years old but in beautiful shape. It is a 24" Beka Rigid Heddle loom. There are many items/tools that go along with the loom that are not shown in the photo.

I have been wanting to try weaving and while I did, at one point, have a loom, it was not the right type of loom for the projects I wanted to make. The loom I had, and have since sold, was a tapestry loom. I want to make scarves, kitchen towels, and placements. And who knows what else, maybe handbags?

Well the loom arrived this past week and I was getting a little burned out with my class preparations, so I took one day off to get the loom warped and started weaving.  I warped the loom with lots of different novelty yarns I had in my stash. And then I wove with the yarn shown here. It's Noro Chirimen and is a cotton/silk/wool blend. I found it at a local yarn shop and don't know if it's still being made. It has a wonderful range of colors in it.

Here is my finished scarf. It took only the one day plus an evening to weave it. I was surprised at how quickly it went. I love how it turned out! 

Here is a close up.

 And here you can see a better view of the novelty yarns in the fringe.

I am looking forward to my next weaving project, but for now it may have to wait until after the quilt show.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Production Line

I have been very busy lately. In one month I will be teaching at our local quilt show, and I'm creating handbags and painted canvases to have for my Product Table. 

I've got about ten handbags started and they are all in the stage you see below. I'm currently quilting them and then they move on to the bag construction step.

 Below are several painted canvases I've completed. I'm working on these in stages too. Right now I've got blues, purples, and reds done and next up will be greens and yellows.

I also squeezed in some piecing. This will be a baby quilt for my new grandson, due in December.

And while busy with all this creating, I've been learning how to sew on my new sewing machine. I recently sold my Bernina 440 QE and purchased a 710 model. This new model has a larger throat space and I'm loving it!!!  I was worried that I would miss my 440, but so far I'm really enjoying the new machine and I'm glad I made the switch. My hubby will be cutting the hole in my counter larger so that I can drop the machine down flush with the countertop. Hopefully that will be done within the next couple of weeks.

Thanks to all of you who stopped by and shopped my rummage sale (previous post). It was a huge success and everything sold quickly. I can't thank you all enough for helping me out, although getting rid of those items really didn't seem like it made a huge dent it opening up space :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rummage Sale

Wow, I can't believe it's been just over three weeks since my last blog post. I guess I have been a little busy. Yikes!

One thing that has been keeping me busy is I've been doing some deep dark cleaning. In my studio and slightly beyond. I feel like I just don't have any room for anything anymore. I am guessing some of you can relate.

So in my quest to clean I decided there are some things that I just don't need/want anymore. These are all things that I Just Had to Try Out. Does that happen to you? Some of these items are a few years old but I think they will still work well and hopefully give someone else a chance to Just Try Them Out. I know I am always curious about new art supplies.

So I decided to have a rummage sale. Here. On my Blog. Is that weird? Anyway, listed below are the items I would like to clear out with prices listed. I prefer Paypal as the form of payment. Buyer pays for shipping--either the cheapest route or Priority Mail. If you might be interested in anything, please email me @ I would prefer you email rather than leave a comment about your interest.

I will respond to you on a first come, first serve basis. Thanks so much and I hope there is something here that you may want to play with.

Oh, and I keep forgetting to mention...I have several books for sale also and you can see what's available here:

Shiva Paintstik lot - $8

Twinkling H2O watercolors - $12

Speedball block printing ink - $12

Tsukineko inks and markers (I cannot guarantee the life left in the markers) - $12

Soy silk roving - $10

Silk throwsters waste - $8

Angelina and Fire Star fibers - $8

Assortment of laces and trims - $15

Assortment of hand painting cheescloth like fibers and papers - $8

Dr. Ph. Martin Bombay inks - $15

Thanks for looking! Tell your friends!