Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Some of the colours

 This is the senior rooster that belongs to our neighbours. There are two junior roosters there as well, so you can imagine the noise at times. We have a large backyard and the roosters spend most of their time picking at insects on our property. 
 Yesterday I carded up a few wool batts. Do you think I may have got some of my colour inspiration from that rooster? I also taught my last Guild class of the season, so it was a bit sad for me. But quite the accomplishment too, as it represented the thirtieth class I have taught in this town. All free by the way. 
 The bluebonnets are starting to bloom nicely in the back field. 
And the pear blossoms are attracting a lot of bees. 
This morning the dew hung heavy on the blades of grass. 
Fog at sunrise. Today. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pick-up Band Weaving

 Last week I was delighted to be able to participate in a Lithuanian Band Weaving class in the Big City. In this first photo is the very start of the project, with spacer chunks of paper and the still wide plain weave portion visible. After a little bit of the pick up pattern was woven the right edge tidied up and the band is narrower. Maybe I will show you how it looks in another post.

 Here was an inkle loom that won the prize for the smallest and most portable.

 And this gal preferred to work hers resting on the ground.
 now this inkle, A Fuchs brand, had an interesting tensioning mechanism on it.
 Some of the participants working away, We see inkle looms of various types. I had also brought a simple frame loom to show as well with a project on it.
Our instructor, a Lithuanian lady at left. Myself in the middle and a lovely weaver on the right. We are intent on learning everything we can! I wish I had these learning opportunities closer to home. It was a fun day and I'm very glad I went.
Here is a band underway on the simple frame loom. I probably need to pull the tension in a bit tighter. This is how I wove these sashes as a child, on a frame.

And lastly, I recently got finished with weaving the first overshot project. I had some troubles with not enough tension on one edge and I was experimenting with different yarns and threads throughout. But it was a very good learning experience. I can also cut it up into segments and make smaller items out of the cloth. For a first overshot project I am happy with it.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It actually SNOWED!!

Here it is.....drum roll if you please.....

Actual snow in Texas. Finally last night, a few granules of snow fell on our snowbird haven.
Dawn is breaking and it's windy and cool out. No more precipitation in the forecast and probably just one more night below freezing and we're done with this "snowy winter".

It seems like a day to hunker down at home and focus on the Three Cs:
Creature Comforts
and Crafts.

Yes, you're right. That's every day.