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scattered thoughts

February 16, 2017

having fun

p1110265three more mini kimono

p1110264working on improving my sewing technique

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!

p1110266rags – maybe mix & match place mats for the next studio tour

the rags are too small and irregular to tear so cutting slowly

looking for inspiration I discovered this book hidden on a shelf

p1110269I ordered it some time ago

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

making a difference

February 11, 2017

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… “

                                           J.R.R. Tolkien

p1110256with boxes of small scraps to choose from

the wardrobe of tiny kimonos is expanding

p1110261even a boro one

  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

weather warning

February 8, 2017

can you see Victoria?


right in the middle, at the bottom

on the southern tip of Vancouver Island

the snow has already started – again

p1110233in the back lane, not much traffic

looks like it will stay awhile

so I’ve found something to keep me busy, sitting by the fire

p1110250a miniature kimono to stitch

maybe two or three

p1110255this book has interesting sashiko projects

p1110248hope I don’t run out of bird seed

they’ll be knocking on the window!

p1110235shining a little light on things

button, button

February 3, 2017

woke up to a dusting of snow

p1110202a visitor wandered by – racoon?

a good day to hang out by the fire


I enjoyed the afternoon in a favorite childhood pastimep1110221sorting through mother’s button jar

looking for one perfect button

p1110208tiny works of art

goods ones are becoming harder to find

they’re all plastic, and I’m not interested!

p1110216-copy-2and the birds are staying close to the feeders

can you see the plum blossoms are starting to swell

Spring is on the way

but it has started to snow again!

a new month, a new page

February 1, 2017

wow! January flew by

p1110199January’s book page – titled “Snow Falling on Evergreens”

can you see the shifu paper slubs on the woven page – more snow p1110195and the beginning of February

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

p1110201I started weaving squares to make more flowers for the next Studio Tour

the weaving is a bit addictive, hard to stop

 it uses up odd little balls of precious handspun

p1110193and I can’t stop spinning either

Bombyx silk spun on my IST Crafts Turkish spindle

production line

January 28, 2017

one small part of my work as conference show coordinator

is – finishing the prize ribbons

with just over one hundred total

p1110184my partner Judy and her husband set up the printing

they will print and cut the labels – a very big “thank you”

fortunately I have an excellent paper-cutter


p1110185I need to trim all the weaving ends

apply fray check to the fringe end of each ribbon

p1110187 and very carefully cut the yards of first, second and third ribbons apart

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”


respect for ALL

January 22, 2017

signs of Spring

p1110166and a new book

p1110181Magic in the Dyepot – dyeing with mushrooms

by Ann Harmer – her website has more information

if you are interested in trying mushrooms as a natural dye

All That the Rain Promises, and More…

and The Rainbow Beneath My Feet

are excellent for identifying mushrooms

p1110183spinning more silk

and yesterday – a moment in history

the women’s march in Victoria, B.C. Canadap1110168I was there – 1 of 2,000

all ages- woman, men and children

p111017715,00 in Vancouver

and on Salt Spring Island – 600

it is time, again, to stand up and be counted

p1110175wearing graddaughter Jillian’s pink hat

my favorite sign

p1110172and another

p1110179O’Leary is one of 13 candidates running for the leadership of the Canadian Conservative party

with a similar mentality and background to Donald Trump

what happened to respect and human rights for ALL people?

who could guess we would still be fighting for women’s rights?

human rights?