Wednesday, November 4, 2015


 I am here. Texas. And it feels so good. Do you know that feeling when you have found a place that suits your soul. It is not the same as being at camp but it is a close second! Okay we made it fine and now live where there is electricity and fibre optic and fast internet. So look out!

Above is a shot of the warp chain I am planning to put on my loom next. The natural colour is linen, the purples are cotton and the hits of gold are superwash wool. Let's hope they all get along somewhat in the shibori-crimp cloth project I am planning. I am excited to be using linen that I brought all the way from Lithuania as a youngster.

 Here is the Whirling Dervish support spindle I bought used this summer. It is made by Malcom Fielding and is a joy to spin on. I am just using up some gifted fibre there....just goofing around. Oh there are rubber tubes protecting both ends.

 And get a load of this riot of colour. This fiber came with a video I recently watched about the many ways you can spin up brightly coloured roving. Some of this information will filter into a class I am teaching soon! The video is highly recommended : Jillian Moreno's "12 Ways to Spin Handpainted Top".

In and amongst unpacking and cleaning house I have completed one knit project already. This is the Mineral shawl from the book Free-Spirit Shawls. Rosemary Hill designed it but I took creative license and used alpaca and linen blend yarns I had on hand. I do still need to block it although I suspect not much change will result.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Time to go

This sunrise greeted me today. Time to head south once again . I KNOW IT IS EARLY. and i really don't want to go yet....but we have new family members to go and meet. Also we have icy weather in the forecast to try to beat.
So there you have it. We are in Shut Down Mode already . Oh and my laptop keys are not working , thus the paucity of posts.
I will catch up down south. Promise.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Shibori-Style Crimp Cloth III

And here is the exciting final installment regarding the crimp cloth scarf. I left you hanging, literally. In the above photo the steamed cloth is cooling and drying outside on the clothesline. The drawing threads are clearly visible.

Once dry I snipped and pulled the bright yellow threads out. And I finally got to see that, YES!, the crinkles in the cloth are set in place.  It worked!

Why am I washing again? Well  most weaving yarns are sold with a sizing product applied to the yarn to make them slick and behave well. That needs to be washed out. The red silk threads also wanted to bleed out a little pink juice.

Back to the clothesline. You can definitely see the texture of hills and valleys. some ridges are longer than others and that is due to the pattern draft. The colours are divine.

The final steps involved pressing the ruffle portion at either end and creating a narrow hem. No rocket science here. Fold, press and machine stitch.

 Fold, press and fact it is good old hem stitching in the end.

And the reveal! Here I am wearing it one way. It is doubled throughout its length here. I have to say it feels very nice around the neck.

The other option if to wrap it numerous times around and around. I am going to enjoy wearing this scarf and be proud of the fact I made  it. Yes.... I have more similar projects in the works already.