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working outdoors

September 7, 2018

as our summer drifts into autumn

another warp is off the loom

potholders woven with thrums as weft

they need all the ends trimmed

folded double, and edges finished with handmade bias tape

they are a lot of work, satisfying to weave and pleasant to use

many years ago a wise home economics teacher showed me how to make the tape

all these years later I still remember each of my Home Ec teachers

a small square of fabric makes an amazing amount of tape

 it can match the project and be as colourful as you need

I have been drifting along through a lazy, peaceful summer

 enjoying working outside on the new deck

the silk/Merino blend is a joy to spin

it might get dyed but is beautiful as is

 it is easy to move the pipe loom outside

starting on fringeless tapestry number 4

titled “Autumn” – the first of a four seasons series

the red footstool was a present to my parents from their staff

dated inside – 1945 –  price $10.95

I kept it for sentimental reasons and now it is just the right height

 the top is hinged so all the tools/supplies are stored out of sight

this is my view while weaving

the postman has taken to stopping whether there is mail or not just to see the progress

when bored with any of the above I have a bit of boro stitching close by

I love those tiny stitches

the hanging baskets are making a final glorious display

watering has been a daily job

but now the weather is changing



4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2018 4:22 am

    I like seeing the wide variety of your projects and how personal they all are to you. I’ve been taking my band loom outside to weave on and some hand sewing–we need to enjoy the outdoors now, before the weather really changes!


    • September 8, 2018 8:01 am

      Kerry – it has been a lovely summer to work outside – yesterday it rained, the first soft, steady rain in 3 or maybe 4 months. What a relief, the worst forest fire year ever.


  2. September 8, 2018 12:00 am

    A glorious place to work. Love the stitching.


    • September 8, 2018 8:05 am

      Cathy – when much of my work is done on a large floor loom it is wonderful to have work to do outside. Winter will force me inside soon enough.


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