while on Salt Spring I treated myself to a new pair of slippers
just in time for a change in the weather
locally made by Soul Comfort (don’t you love the name?)
locally sourced sheepskin and fleece
I think I’ll even sleep in them
the knitted lace border, with a bead weighing each point, is a delightful surprise finish
he won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction in 2012 for “Lincoln”
my kind of stitching
you never know what you’ll see at a country fair!
what a difference colour makes
the third pattern – you can see the pink thread dividing it from the previous one
this one has more texture and the edges of each star are a little less well-defined
I like it best
I’m pleased with my new cards
it is always a treat to visit the home of artists/craft persons
while on Salt Spring, Rosemary and Len kindly offered me a bed for the night
a peek into the garden, through a heart in the gate
conveniently situated off the living room
they are seldom at rest
thank you Rosemary and Len for a short, delightful stay
going back in time
ferry travel is a fact of life, at Swartz Bay terminal
there is a ferry in dock, one coming in, another just leaving and in the distance one heading for Vancouver, on the mainland
I am traveling to Salt Spring Island, where we once lived for 10 years
a 45 minute trip
to judge spinning at the Fall Fair
the weather was brilliant
there were crowds of locals and visitors
my wonderful hostess, Rosemary, demonstrating weaving
this is a very well coordinated event, enthusiastically supported by the community
it has something for everyone
produce, they grow them big on the island – must be the manure!
a clever blender attachment that fits over the back wheel of a bicycle
you can make your smoothie while you pedal!
that’s it for today, folks
a change of tie-up
the second pattern is much better
indigo dyed linen and bleached cotton
the 8 harness/shaft LeClerc “Voyageur” with folding table stand is a very nice student loom
she has inherited her grandmother’s floor loom and is going to be a great weaver
way to go, girl!
it’s a Super moon – in the early evening
a pastel world
another warp finished
the combination of colour and advancing twill create an illusion
of ? – blurry movement
and look at those empty cones – still working on the stash!
the border on each towel makes them “one of a kind”
not just a length of fabric woven, cut and hemmed
but it does take more time
handspun 2 ply silk
all natural dyes
more of the stash made into something soft and warm
what to do with the tiny balls of left overs?
and look at all the ends that need trimming.
we started with a list of things to do and places to go
first stop - Fired Up
paint the inside first and then the lid
it took a couple of hours and a fun time was had by all
we have to wait a week for the work to be fired – I’m the impatient one
lunch – no fast food on girl’s day out
Prima Strata pizzeria
sitting at the counter we get a cooking lesson and watch the dough being made
then off to get dessert – deep-fried Mars bars, but they were closed!
we settled for meringues at Pure Vanilla, some of the best goodies in town
I was so busy eating and making a mess I forgot to take a picture