Saturday was the annual Spin-in
a whole day to just sit and spin, yeah!
the view from above
and time to shop
I couldn’t resist this alpaca/merino blend
from Inca Dinca Do
only the merino is dyed, it is beautifully prepared and spins like a dream
once home I spun late into the night
a day to go wild – also couldn’t resist this Icelandic/silk roving from
it is as soft as a cloud
Jane will be one of the judges at Treadle Lightly
she had lots of lovely colours but I want to see how the blend dyes
there were many different wheels to talk about
and lots and lots of talk!
and sit with good friends
I have spun on a Bosworth Journey Wheel since 1981
and have never seen another one
a wonderful day
thank you Judy and team
I tried machine stitching a lining but they are small with several corners
it was almost as quick to hand stitch and much easier
turned right side out and stitch
my sashiko is a bit rough – and not finished yet
the boro is definitely raggy
top left corner scrap is an indigo dyed damask napkin, I like how the dye brings out the pattern
thinking ahead to the next warp – if the tea towels ever get finished!
the rags are too small and irregular to tear so cutting slowly
looking for inspiration I discovered this book hidden on a shelf
there is a lesson to be learned about ordering on-line
what was I thinking??
not my cup of tea – or glass of wine!
after weaving for 40 years, weaving is an integral part of my life
it did get me to bring out the small tapestry loom
although that might be as far as it goes
Victoria missed the worst of winter, the snow has melted into dirty little patches
the hellebore are blooming!
” I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen, of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been; Of yellow leaves and gossamer in autumns that there were, with morning mist and silver sun and wind upon my hair. I sit beside the fire and think of how the world will be when winter comes without a spring that I shall never see. For still there are so many things that I have never seen: in every wood in every spring there is a different green… “
the wardrobe of tiny kimonos is expanding
in the center, shibori lining from my hanten, dyed and stitched at Bryan’s
these will go into “the book”
I’m planning a group to frame
and the weaving proceeds, slowly
but at this anxious time in this crazy world
I wonder what tea towels have to do with anything?
in looking for ways I can personally make a small difference
I came across this
in the top menu click on “because I am a girl”
lots of choice, pass it on
because together we CAN make a difference
can you see Victoria?
right in the middle, at the bottom
on the southern tip of Vancouver Island
the snow has already started – again
looks like it will stay awhile
so I’ve found something to keep me busy, sitting by the fire
maybe two or three
they’ll be knocking on the window!
wow! January flew by
handspun silk woven on my very old Weave-It loom
mother-of-pearl buttons and glass “jet” buttons
on a background of kakishibu dyed linen
why? just because I like them
the weaving is a bit addictive, hard to stop
it uses up odd little balls of precious handspun
Bombyx silk spun on my IST Crafts Turkish spindle
one small part of my work as conference show coordinator
is – finishing the prize ribbons
with just over one hundred total
they will print and cut the labels – a very big “thank you”
fortunately I have an excellent paper-cutter
apply fray check to the fringe end of each ribbon
all the cardboard pieces were used during the weaving to measure the fringe between each ribbon
together we will sandwich each ribbon between the folded labels
using double-sided tape
this is going to take longer than I planned
hopefully many of you are working on something wonderful to enter
in either the Juried Show or Open show
the deadline for entries is April 21st
that’s my birthday – make it a happy one!
all the forms are on the conference website
I am happy to answer any questions
click on “shows” on the website, click on the show you are interested in
and click on “any questions”