Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Handweaving


There's been a warp on my 24 inch wide, 8 shaft table loom since 2017, mostly ignored! I think what may have turned me off of it at the start was that I noticed a threading error, tried to correct it, but just couldn't fix it. 

Well, I've finally come to accept the flaw as a "design element" and to have fun with the patterns and colors that are emerging! The result will be beautiful towels.

I'm using a mix of 8/2 unmercerized cotton and 10/2 mercerized cotton in the towels. I wonder why the weaving yarn companies don't make the matte cotton and the shiny cotton to match in size exactly, but oh well, I'm using them together anyway. 

Currently, I have 3 towels almost done, and there may be enough warp to weave a fourth towel.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Winner!

The winner is Gloria Nelson! Congratulations, Gloria! I've sent you an email.

To everyone who commented, thank you so very much for your wonderful words. Each of you is a inspiration and I wish I could give everyone a prize - but all I can offer as consolation is my free digital patterns here. Tat on!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Extremely Very Early Spring Giveaway



For a chance to win the book Tatting Innovations by Helma Siepmann, plus the hand dyed thread and tatted Boomerang earrings shown in the photo, leave one comment on this post.


I'll choose one winner on Wednesday, February 5. Be sure there's a way for me to contact you if you win, either a blog I.D., or an email address, otherwise I'll just draw another name.

Readers of this blog from outside of the U.S.A. are welcome to enter this giveaway - but - be aware that even though I'll mark the package as gift, sometimes customs fees may still be charged.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Hand Dyed Thread "Roses"


Painting dye on thread
 New batch of hand dyed thread "Roses" is now listed in my Etsy shop

As always, preparing and dyeing the thread by hand is a fair amount of work, so each batch is small and unique!


After the dye has set (cured) I wash the excess dye from the thread in the rinse bath. This is followed by clear water rinses, then the skeins are laid out to dry.
In this project I used Karey Solomon's hand dyed thread (Map of the World) along with Lizbeth thread in Spring Green and Mocha Brown Medium. The pattern is my original, still in progress.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Early Beginnings of a Celtic + Floral Theme

 Wishing everyone happy creativity in 2020!

My first design experiment this year resulted in a necklace combining a simple Celtic motif with encapsulation (tatting over multiple core threads). The brightly colored floral effect comes from bringing out a multicolored thread out from the core to tat with, then returning it back to the core and tatting over it with the main color. I plan to do a better explanation later with a video demo. Also perhaps a better design, but actually I really like this necklace - the wire wrapped beads quiver constantly when worn, making an eye-catching statement!


 The following pictures show bright green tatted chains being woven "over and under" through a tatted brown motif, using a narrow Celtic shuttle. More to come later!