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December 9, 2014

crazy weather – from record-breaking cold to record-breaking warm

all in the same weekP1060074the Straits of Juan de Fuca

with the Olympic Mountains in Washington State in the distance


another change is on the way

P1060080it is only 3 p.m.

P1060086the sky is ominous

can you see the freighter in the lower left corner?

waiting for a pilot boat to escort it to Vancouver

P1060087sunrise the next morning

and now we have gale force winds and lashing rain

Winter on the wet coast!

hiding out in the studio and staying dry

P1060090instead of using a thick and thin white cotton as the second weft

I’ve switched to an indigo dyed cotton boucle

and the red linen warp yarn between the block changes

P1060093and then I had one of those perfect “ah ha” moments

my Mother’s and Grandmother’s  threadbare, hole-y linen napkins

make wonderful rags – and aren’t just sitting in a drawer

waiting for my daughter-in-laws to throw them out!

P1060097inspired by Heather’s recycling of linen tablecloths

to make wonderful pyjama  bottoms

thank you Heather

eventually they will go into the indigo vat!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2014 12:16 am

    lovely photos!
    i have a ton of my mother in law’s table linens that i am slowly converting to dresses. that quality of linen is no longer produced 😦


    • December 11, 2014 8:13 am

      Neki – there is an old specialty shop in Victoria “The Irish Linen Shoppe” that sells lovely fine, high quality linens. The owner travels to Ireland every year. Prices are out of my range.


  2. December 10, 2014 10:23 am

    What beautiful photos! And, Jean, if you want damaged damask linens please let me know what you have in mind and I can send you some, if you are willing to pay postage. In my Etsy business of selling vintage linens I end up with quite a lot of stuff that was once beautiful but has small holes or stains and that I can’t sell. I’d love to have it put to good use!


    • December 10, 2014 1:39 pm

      Kerry – thank you for the offer. I’ll send you an email, perhaps I can show you how to use some of those for your own rag weaving – you might get hooked!. 🙂


  3. Kathy permalink
    December 10, 2014 5:10 am

    This daughter-in-law would probably not through them out. I would probably craft them into something. 🙂


    • December 10, 2014 8:37 am

      Kathy – there is so much fibre and material that is more interesting than worn out napkins that you will be hard pressed to deal with it all. yikes!!


  4. December 9, 2014 7:41 pm

    The Hittys were huddling yesterday, and today in short sleeved summer frocks!


    • December 9, 2014 8:36 pm

      Kjerstin – I start out the day with layers of clothes and then either strip as the temp. goes up (13 C today) or keep piling on the sweaters. All very strange. the Hittys need to keep their hoodies handy.


  5. velma bolyard permalink
    December 9, 2014 3:16 pm

    beautiful…funny how we talk about the weather, i wonder if it IS different from when our folks talked about the weather…


    • December 9, 2014 5:11 pm

      Velma – going to keep my eyes open for a table cloth that is priced low enough to cut into rags – after Christmas. People in Victoria are the biggest weather whiners ever – and we live in the banana belt.

      Heather – I love my pjs and I love what indigo does to the damask patterns, this pattern will be perfect. Thanks again. I’ll batten down the hatches, the weather was coming down the Strait as I drove home.


  6. December 9, 2014 3:15 pm

    I was hoping you would honour the pj’s in the indigo vat! Can’t wait to see what they become. And how brilliant to be using the dinners napkins as rag weft!


  7. December 9, 2014 11:43 am

    We have been hearing about the weather out on the coast, it sounds like quite the storm. Stay warm, dry and safe!


    • December 9, 2014 11:47 am

      Deb – nothing unusual here although we are expecting more wind/rain tomorrow and then another blast at the end of the week. It seems to me it is normal coastal winter weather. The news media need something to talk about!


      • December 9, 2014 12:18 pm

        I am hoping the weather is just getting all the “winter weather” out of its system now so that it is lovely when we are out on the coast between Christmas and New Years.

        The pictures in your post are beautiful; there is nothing like winter light and the sea.


      • December 9, 2014 12:53 pm

        Deb – no guarantees regarding the weather all around the world. Think Victoria is in a bubble, we don’t always get the same as the mainland. I love that little bay, the light is always special no matter what time of year.


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