Writings from 3 sisters, who love to garden, do scrapbooking, fiber arts and sometimes have an opinion.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Weaving School

My husband has converted our 2 harness Hammett loom to a
4 shaft. This picture isn't very good but you can see the
lamms that he made.

This is a scarf that my husband just started on the little
4 shaft that sits in our living room. I like it but think
brown would look better.

Henry and his best friend, Gunnar.

Gunner in front and Henry in the back.
I am packing to go to Madelyn van der Hoogt's weaving school in Coupleville, Washington. One of my goals this year was to take a weaving class and this one is located about 4 hours away from my home. So my husband is going too and we will be spending a week. I will be weaving and he will probably be taking his metal detector somewhere and looking for things. I wear a blackhill's gold ring on my finger, one of his finds. We will be leaving Sunday. My neice is taking care of the dog and cats. Speaking of dogs, when we come back from Coupeville,we will be taking my son's dog to our house. We have been taking care of him everyday while my son works and now the dog thinks my husband is his owner. Amy

Sunday, September 23, 2012

this Mum is absolutely beautiful and so large.....isn't it lovely?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Here is the proof.....

Early on I took the time to panty-hose-up my grapes...I bought new panty hose at the thrift store for a quarter a package ...then created little socks by cutting and tying one end....I slipped them over the grapes and tied them on so that the birds could not clean me out.....and I have been harvesting the most perfect grapes......there are only about 4 clusters left out there and I will serve them to my sisters when they come for lunch on Friday...

Saturday, September 15, 2012


I have actually started the hemp and cotton towels. The warp is 50% hemp and 50% cotton. The weave is from " 8-Shaft Patterns" by Carol Strickler. It is called a half-waffle variant originally from "The
Weaving Book" by Helene Bress. It is on page 143 of the Strickler book, #517. The hemp is very stiff but should soften with a wash, if not I have made some table toppers and not towels!  I am keeping this short, because I am off to get the grandsons. We are going to a movie, have root beer floats and dinner out. They are staying here tonight.  We had them every day during the summer and I miss them now that school has started.

Happy Weaving,

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Camping Weekend

This teardrop is so lite that she can pull it with her Santa Fe.
Isn't it just too cute and so well done with stainless steel on
the top. 
Yes, I have been weaving-I finished 3 scarves on my Rasmussen loom and have wet finished 2 of them. But this weekend my husband, our dog and I went to Lodgepole campground and stayed from Friday until today. We went with our neighbor and her 2 dogs. We had beautiful weather during the day but last night we had a big storm, lightning, thunder and rain. Of course two of the dogs hated the weather and one of them was ours, she just doesn't like loud noises, so she usually sleeps on the passenger seat of our van camper, but last night she was tight against my husband's side in our bed. It was nice to sit by the river and just talk or read. I want to show what my neighbor uses for camping. She has a little teardrop camper. It has a double bed and a cooking area. It is so cute and a man in Seattle made it from scratch, it was the 44th teardrop that he has made.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

It is pretty quiet on here.   Haven't seen Gail in a long time and Amy must be very busy weaving away.   Here in the valley it has begun to feel a lot like fall and today I noticed that many shrubs and trees are beginning to turn colors.  My late raspberries are beginning to produce and I will hope that the weather stays good enough for a lot of picking.  I have been making a list of all the things I must get done before winter and actually crossed two of them off this week.  The veggie garden is beginning to look a bit bedraggled...sort of the way the gardener is looking too.  This is my 'loom'.....it was created so that I can weave prunings thru it and I have done that in past years, but the morning glories and kiss me over the gate plants have taken it over.   It is beautiful, isn't it.....

Saturday, September 1, 2012


I love this time of year...so crispy in the early mornings and lovely during the day...perfect!...Tomorrow my son is going to Olympia to visit his two girls and enjoy a little birthday party for a great grandaughter so I harvested this morning to send along to them...these girls do not eat preservatives, soy, gluten...and no food in boxes and tins...they buy fresh, grow fresh and eat fresh...so know I am sending this stuff to the right family....yep those are my blue potatoes...my stash even includes a bouquet of herbs, sage, chives, nasturtiums, dill, basil and thyme.........