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

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Seattle visit

We went to Seattle on Friday to visit our son and Weaving Works. Our son took us to an exhibit in the Frye Museum. It was an exhibit of nine burial costumes which were hand sewed by a friend of his. They are all made of natural materials, silk, wool, silk covered wooden buttons and leather hand made shoes. It was wonderful workmanship.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

More weaving work

Don't you love a man at work? This is my husband putting on a warp for wash cloths in waffle weave. There are 462 threads there ready for the heddles. I hope we will get close to the correct size for the wash cloths since they will shrink so much off the loom. I added 4 inches to the width and I estimated 7 inches for the length. While he was threading I made a pillow from some handwoven and made a make-up bag too. The bag is lined with iron on vinyl.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sewing towels

I spent a little time hemming the towels my husband wove. He got 9 towels out of the warp, 6 towels were all yellow and 3 were with a white weft. I actually wish that all of them were with white since it toned down the yellow, which is really yellow. It is more yellow than the picture shows. The towel on the right has a flaw and is staying at our house. When I was ironing them, after hemming, I realized I had sewed one end the wrong way and had to take it out and redo. Let be known it is hard to take out sewing in handwovens, I did the hemming with very well matched thread hence why it was hard to remove. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Craig's List

I love Craig's List. Last week I found 5 chairs for $100. We really needed chairs and as my son said"it's about time."

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dyeing update

I was able to dye 2 batches of green yesterday. One color is called "grasshopper" and the other was "forest green." The forest green looks a little blue and I didn't get all the dye on to the wool as you can see with the white spots. But I don't think it will matter since I am hoping to make some felted purses. We have had several days of wind, the reason that my wool is drying in the garage. Hopefully we can get more carded so I can start felting. I also need to research how to make or put on handles on the purses. I know if I was knitting a purse to felt I would make an I-cord but I am unsure what to do for just felting, so will need to find some you-tube videos.