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…

Dim . . . Dim . . . Dimity

Inheriting the trait from my grandfather, my mother, bless her, loved words.  She loved to read words.  She loved to research words – where they began, who said them, how they evolved into modern language and usage.  Or, how they ceased to evolve and lay unused for eons in some antique dictionary. Like a limpet,…

All For The Fun of Weaving

Having mastered Swedish lace, and being a huge fan of Mary Meigs Atwater and her teachings, I decided it was high time to study Atwater-Bronson lace. Well, it was truly a surprise when my research revealed Ms Atwater was simply the person who reintroduced an obscure, nearly forgotten lace.  No matter how vehemently she denied…

Steps To Weave an Inkle Band

Pick-up, Weave, Change, Beat, Tug . . . Anyone who has woven an inkle band knows this routine.  We chant an eternal mantra while we teach a particular warp-faced pattern to our fingers. 1- Pick-up warp to make the pattern; 2- Weave the row close to the fell, leaving a small loop of weft; 3-…