Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Featured on Bunnyshop!

I am so excited! I am featured today on Bunnyshop.org, a shopping website.

There's a photo of a bamboo shawl that I wove, with a link to my Etsy shop... Very excited.

Looks like there will be a permanent link to the little article here.

Whhheee! Very neato!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

And the productivity continues...

This evening, I made a little ACEO on a bead-weaving loom that I made out of a cardboard box a while ago...

I made it as part of etsyFAST (etsy's Fiber Arts Street Team) June Challenge - how fun! I made one earlier using doubleweave pickup, but this one was almost more fun to make... It's obviously made of a mixed weft of novelty fibers. I used a chocolate colored bamboo yarn for the warp, but you really can't see it.

A quick little project that now has me thinking about creating something along these lines on a much large scale...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Productive Weekend

Check out my latest bamboo scarf!

It is a custom piece woven for a customer and I really like how it turned out.
Love the curves created by the undulating twill structure... And still really digging that bamboo. Enough so that I'm looking into opening a wholesale account with the manufacturer.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Preparing for Camping...

So, when I was little, my family went camping every year, mostly in the Adirondacks, but also in Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI (Anne of Green Gables lived here!), even to Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod (great bike trails on the Cape). My Mum was a school teacher before she retired and my Dad was a baker, so he would close up the bakery for three weeks and off we would go. How fun! We were quite the sight, I'm sure, especially when all my brothers came along too (I have four older brothers). We would use the van that my father had for the bakery, pull a tent trailer, bring a kayak (a Folboat that we made ourselves! it was untippable, great for kids, but really easy to paddle, too), a little Sunfish sailboat, bikes for everyone, army surplus hammocks and a huge tarp... Crazy, lol.

We stopped going when I was about 13 or so (parents divorced, I was the only one left at home with Mum at that point) but I have great memories. Which means I now drag my family camping!

We're heading up to camp near Camden, Maine the end of June for a week and are running around finding equipment. We've been with Bella before, but now that Conall is along, too, we needed a bigger tent (hooray for LL Bean) and a rooftop carrier for our little Subaru WRX (no SUV or mini-van for us) (though if we had another kid we'd need one [I like this one]. Why do they make car seats so darn HUGE? no way could we fit three in the back seat, argh; I'm sure some manufacturer could come up with a smaller but still safe car seat in the name of decreasing the number of SUVs on the road for goodness' sakes... I digress, lol). Our sea kayaks will continue to languish in the garage, alas, until the kids are bigger (very tippy, unlike the Folboat).

I'm having all sorts of fun making lists of things to bring. I'm a list kind of gal, lol. And I'm knitting, too, just in case it's cold. Check it out:

Little Man Conall in a funny bulky sweater. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Cape Cod and a basic sweater pattern from the Yarn Girls Guide to Kids' Knits, and it knitted up lickety split. (Good thing what with my short attention span for knitting projects...). It even has simple ribbing throughout, whoo-hooo. And I actually sewed it together! Good grief! I hate seaming! LOL. I'm making one for Bella from the same yarn, a raglan sleeve sweater (for some reason I find raglan seams easy to sew neatly). Hooray for bulky yarn for kids sweaters. And hooray for Knit Picks for making affordable yarn - nice not to spend a fortune for a sweater that the baby is just going to drool all over anyway.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Ms and Os Scarf

I keep forgetting to post this guy!

There she is. Not so bad in the end - I like the scalloped edges that Ms and Os creates. Does it look sort of blue-tinged to you? Or is it just my computer?

Man, I have to get better at taking pictures. Maybe actually splurge and buy a dress form, sigh. I wish I could come up with a more creative way to take pics of my stuff that actually still shows the texture, movement, drapability (is that even a word?? lol) of the fabric, etc. I've been thinking about finding a nice rich looking woven basket, too. Or maybe even a great piece of stone to drape them across? But whatever I do, I need to figure out something and get consistent with it!

Thursday, June 7, 2007


I've been casting around trying to think of a good way to create samples of my work. The idea being to make something small but generally representative of what I do - hard to do when you're a weaver!

One idea is to make some buttons - and I finally did! I found some little buttons from a sewing supply store and used some old fabric that I wove a while ago, before I got pregnant - it's a turned twill woven from tencel that I dyed myself. Most of the fabric became covers for a couple of journals for myself, but I thought this would be a good use for the remainder...

I really liked the fabric as I wove it, nice to think it will have a second life of sorts.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Pretty or Ugly?

So, I finished the pink/white/chocolate Ms&Os scarf - just need to take some photos of it and I'll get it posted here... I actually wound up liking the stripes in the end, they're quite nice.

And, of course, I have a new project on the little loom. I've had some lime green alpaca/silk yarn lying around waiting to be used, so I combined it with some fuschia (sp?)-ish alpaca/silk yarn and black bamboo and am weaving an old stand-by pattern (shadow weave). I think I like it but I haven't decided yet.

Hmmm, the lime looks a little lime-y-er in real life, I think. So, pretty or ugly? :)