Time for Tapestry

Recently, my sister Ruth challenged me to create a wool tapestry on a cut length of linen warp she picked up at a sale. Since I have not yet worked with wool and have none in my yarn cache, she sent me collection of colors from her own supply. Whether my piece will be a rug…

Curtains – Finished & Hanging

I did it!  Huzzah! Nearly ten yards of fabric woven, sewn and hemmed, and hanging on my bedroom windows.  I haven’t ironed this much since I wore silk blouses to work in the 1990s. Ellie usually finds a way to sit on newly woven fabric.  I’m sure she thinks it is her right.  She was determined to get…

Bedroom Curtains Step 2

Step 1 Recap (Don’t miss Gallery Photos Below — Warping Loom with  the New Trapeze) When a test of yarn and weave pattern is successful, we think, “Oh, Man, I could have gone ahead with the project and be done by now.”  Right?  Yep. And when a test proves we have chosen the wrong pattern or a…

Project: Bedroom Curtains

Months ago, I vowed I would make new curtains for my bedroom.  Full of energy and enthusiasm, I tore down my old curtains and washed the blinds and the windows.  After I bought some nice cotton-rayon yarn, I waited for the magic to happen.  Eventually, it dawned on me that there was no Rumpelstiltskin to…

Back After a Long Time Out

On a Personal Note – I can’t believe fall is wending its way toward winter.  Since my last entry in spring, just before my milestone birthday, I have been busily chasing one or two elusive health issues.  Minor adjustments resulted in major improvements, and it looks like I will be good for another 25 years.  Taken…

Spring Project

“Spring has sprung,” the saying goes.  I don’t know if this is age related, or if it’s because my birthday is right around the corner (this is a serious milestone year I don’t even want to think about), but the older I get the less inclined I am to succumb to annual spring housecleaning impulses,…

A Self Challenge

When I showed my scarf at the February 2014 meeting of the Humboldt Handweavers and Spinners Guild, I swear I heard the words, “Make a bag out of it.”  Whether those words actually were spoken aloud or I simply heard them in my head, I cannot be sure. Much too prickly to wear wrapped around…