Just before Mother’s Day I had a lot of people looking for gifts for the ladies in their lives. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me and my tiny little basement studio. I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude. I love to make things and each item is inspired by the yarn, or feelings I was having, or patterns, or something that has caught my eye, or nature and are crafted with joy and love. I hope all of the ladies who use the items that they were given last month can feel that.
In that spirit, I just finished a new scarf that I have added to the store. I saw a scarf in one of my weaving magazines that inspired me. I modified the design slightly to account for the yarns I opted to use – the charcoal color is a merino wool that was “ever so slightly” slighter than the teal yarn.
I wanted to try a different combination of weave structures than I have done in the past. This reminded me a lot of the Deflected Double Weave I have done in the past, but is far simpler. This is a simple plain weave (also know as tabby) with some really nice big floats. They aren’t too big though as they won’t get caught on fingers or rings as easily.
I loved the way it looked on the loom but what was even cooler was the way it looked once I had wet finished it. Everything scrunched up and got really squishy, yet the scarf stayed really light and airy. It is so super soft being made of special hand-dyed merino wool (the charcoal color) and I used a lovely Jaggerspun wool (teal yarn) to accompany it. Jaggerspun wool is used frequently in industrial weaving projects and items and I can see why now. The hand is perfectly delicious and will feel amazing against the skin. The bold color really brings out the great geometric patterns I wove and give it such a playful feel.
I just added this scarf to my shop and you can read more about it on the “Scarves” page under “Items Available”. I can ship or do contactless delivery (in the Portland Metro Area) if you are interested.
Up next are more kitchen towels. I have noticed my inventory is getting pretty low and I don’t have a huge selection. The first set will be inspired by traditional Norwegian kitchen towels. Stay tuned to see more!
Last weekend I wanted to try a new draft (pattern) I had seen in Handwoven Magazine. I really love their magazine to stir when it comes to inspiration, especially in this time when I am not able to get together with my weaving friends. I was waiting on yarn for a commission piece to arrive so I wanted a short project that would go quickly.
I knew what I wanted to weave and which fibers I wanted to use, but the colors were not talking to me. I have mentioned before that my yarns often tell me what they want to be, and this time nobody was talking. I had all sorts of colors and knew I wanted something bright and “springy”. I settled on Limonette Pale and Coquille – a pretty lime green and a really warm cream color. As I started weaving I knew I needed a 3rd color and all of the sudden it hit me – the design spoke to me and everything changed!
I decided I would modify the draft and add bands of black into the design. It was a good choice because it really gave the whole thing the pop I was looking for. As I wove the black bands I started to see these amazing shapes form that I was really loving, giving it a little bit of an art-deco feel.
But when I washed it, that is when the magic really happened! The tencel shrunk up a little bit and the weave got tighter. Looking at the “wrong side” of the scarf had me wondering if that should really be the “right side” too. Both sides are equally interesting to the eye.
I came up with the name as I remembered how in the Northwest we start off with a lot of grey and black as we come out of winter. It is pretty drab. The minute spring hits, everything is green and lush. The shapes in the scarf remind me of plants in my yard – all of the hashtag shapes blended and started looking like clovers or sorrels! It turned out really lovely and has an amazing drape to it.
I hope this blog post finds you happy and healthy. It has been a little bit since I last wrote and thought I would post a little something to let you know I am still here and creating! I have just spent some time updating the store with new projects I wanted to share with you.
I recently finished a series of towels that made me so happy. These towels were part of a commission project I was asked to weave. The colors are warm and bright and were inspired by Italian sunsets. I just feel my heart swell when I look at them!
I found the draft in Handwoven Magazine and it was designed by Sarah Resnick. Several of the yarns she used were not available at the time, so I adjusted for that, and also created my own variation of the draft to have something a little bit different.
Times have been a bit strange lately and we are facing something most of us have never experienced before. I am having mostly “up” days where I feel motivated and feel like creating more often than “down” days where I just want things to go back to normal. It is a tough place to be right now, but I am grateful to my family and friends who continue to show unwavering support to me and my little family and I am grateful for things like Facetime so we can see one another virtually. I am also grateful for my loom and weaving to help ground me in my passion and give me a sense of normal and escape. That you for visiting my site and supporting me. Be well!
Seasons Greetings! We have passed (US) Thanksgiving and the slide into the New Year is in full swing! There are so many things to celebrate in the next month! If you are looking for special, one of a kind gifts for any celebration this season please think of me! I have several beautiful options available in my inventory (click here for my store).
Super secret special tip: For folks who live in the Portland area (or are visiting!) I offer a pick-up/delivery option which can save you the shipping costs. Even better, if you are able to pay in cash or through one of the apps where I don’t pay a credit card processing fee, I offer a 3% discount on all items (trust me…3% really adds up!)! Send me a message and we can set that up (it is best to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org until we figure out what is going on with my Gingerlocks email – a few growing pains at the moment)!
From my family to yours, I hope you have a very safe and happy festivities, no matter what it is you are celebrating! Cheers!
Hi everyone! I have been hard at work not only weaving a whole bunch of beautiful items but working on the website! I have a few new things to point out!
First off, I have written up a page all about my weaving process. I am always asked, “How long does it take to weave this?” This is a difficult question. Some weavers might respond with a quick 40 hours. Some might respond with 3 days and 30 years. Others might not have an answer for you. I thought I would explain my process so you can see what goes into each piece you are looking at. Set up times can vary and so do weaving times based on the type of yarn. This will give you an idea of how fabric is made too since most people don’t visit textile factories!
I have started setting up my online store! I have several items available in my inventory that are ready to head off to new homes right now and I am adding more to the online store as I find the time to post them (not everything is up just yet, so if you are looking for something in particular, let me know!). I have a free pick-up/delivery option for people in Portland, Oregon as well if you would like to avoid shipping costs!
We want to wish all of our friends a very Happy Holidays over the next 3 months!
I wanted to let folks know that I am working and weaving until 18 December and after that I am taking time to be with my family and living in the moment until after the first of the year. It is what we do around here. We slow down and spent lots of time together doing the things we love. I hope you have time to do that too!
If there is anything you need before 18 December, I can ship any items that are in my inventory! If you are looking for a custom order, my queue is such that I will have to start after New Years. I just added some adorable 100% cotton baby blankets to the store, and depending on how you want to use them, they could also be towels!
If you place an order during my time off, that is great, but please know it will not be shipped until I get back to work after the first of the year. Thanks so much for understanding and I wish everyone a very Happy Holidays!
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