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sitting by the fire

January 22, 2012

the snow is gone – now we have winds of 70-110 km/h

the birds are having difficulty flying

I am keeping warm beside the fire

the cotton was a pleasure to spin and I have plyed it with a very fine Japanese reeled silk

more Dorset button samples for the class I’m teaching next week, these ones are tiny.

an interesting find – what I think are old button molds, wooden, bone and shell?

shown on a page from “50 Heirloom Buttons to Make”  by Nancy Nehring

going through a big bag of very ordinary plastic buttons  – some keepers!

seven blue glass with metallic backing

three lovely square clear glass

an assortment of mother-of-pearl

 a needlewoven button and a very old fabric covered button on brass


8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2012 6:54 pm

    You’re cotton looks beautiful! What would you like to use it for?


    • October 14, 2012 7:36 pm

      Kristin – the cotton/silk sits in a basket with more of the same – looking beautiful, eventually I’ll use it as weft on a silk warp for scarves.


  2. January 23, 2012 4:22 pm

    plying cotton and silk; why didn’t i think of that? sometimes you need a little kickstart to look at materials differently. it looks lovely!
    finding interesting buttons is always such fun.
    glad the storm passed over with little damage. i’m always in fear of storms here in the south (dirt road turns to undriveable mud, and tornadoes).
    are you getting excited about your upcoming trip?


    • January 23, 2012 4:48 pm

      I used to buy a cotton/silk commercial blend roving. Then I just hand carded it. I like it well blended but the reeled silk was very fine and I need something to do with it. The storm got me in the end, think it was the dragon blowing through.


  3. January 23, 2012 11:10 am

    I am so looking forward to your class!


  4. January 23, 2012 1:15 am

    i love mother of pearl and glass buttons!


  5. January 22, 2012 4:26 pm

    that cotton/silk is luscious!
    buttons are so interesting when they are needlewoven. i have to say how much i like smallish shell and bone buttons and marvel at the variety. will people love the ubiquitous plastic ones someday, too?


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