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Pink Scarves

We recently moved from the farmhouse to a community.  I haven’t been able to create in awhile, due to everything being packed, then unpacked, then a lack of energy!  However, getting back to weaving has been wonderful.

Here are three pink scarves I wove in the last week.  Our realtor is a breast cancer survivor and has asked me to make a pink scarf.  I have experimented with each scarf, and plan on making several more, because I now have tons of pink yarn !  That seems to happen – when I get on a project, I have to buy all the things that go with that project…..

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I recently viewed a video that has to do with Chanel Tweed.  It was very inspiring to me.  Here is the link to the video.  Chanel Tweed

This is why you see all of the interesting weaving inclusions in the above photo!  I will be on the look-out for more fun yarns, lace, and other inclusions as well.

Meanwhile, using what I have and what I can find in the local stores, I have done three scarves.  For me, weaving is always a journey, and a learning experience.  Since I’m self taught, I see something and I want to learn how to do it, but since I can’t afford lessons and I don’t know anyone in the industry, I find YouTube, Facebook and Ravelry to be interesting resources.

Here is the first scarf I made.  This scarf has ribbon (as seen on the spools in the above photo); ribbon yarn (the dark burgundy with the bits of small color in it near the bottom of the photo); all weights of cotton yarn, and some acrylic yarn. This scarf is the one that was really inspired by the Chanel Tweed video.  I learned a lot of lessons on this scarf, and will incorporate those lessons on a future, similar scarf.

It can be worn a few different ways.   There is a space that I wove in.  That doesn’t really make sense, so I guess you’d call it a hole – an on-purpose hole.  You can see in the left photo that I have one end of the scarf slipped through the hole.  It avoids tying the scarf in a knot, which would be a bit bulky with this scarf.  On the left I just have it draped around the neck, which is also nice.

The warp on this scarf is cotton.  The weft consists of all the inclusion yarns and ribbon, although not everything shown in the photo above.  I used those yarns and ribbons on a different scarf, which is below.

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You can see from the fringe that it has lost of fun stuff in it.

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A close up:

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There is some sparkle yarn which is difficult to see in the photos, as well as one strand of eyelash yarn, ribbon, cording, and four strands of cotton yarn in the warp.  The weft is a lightweight cotton yarn.

This is the third scarf.  I used ribbons and yarn in this warp as well.

You can see above, that the ribbon shows well through this – I used a much finer cotton yarn in the weft of this scarf.

I plan on making several more, as I said above, because I have lots more pink yarn to use up.  I will start mixing in some other colors along the way, I think, and I will also be making some scarves in other colors with the same methods.

All of these scarves will be for sale on my  Facebook page

Thanks for checking in.  I will be posting more regularly now that we are settled in the new house.

Take care,
Martha

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Grateful

I’m extremely grateful. The last couple of months have had ups and downs, but the highlights have been so positive.  I believe in The Universe.  Believe good things will happen, and they will.  You just have to believe.  Not make them happen, or be impatient about them happening.  Rather, visualize, and believe.

About two months ago, after a Sunday breakfast at the local diner, we were walking down the sidewalk and hubby decided to venture upstairs to a local gallery called The Loft, in Culpeper, VA.  While conversing with the owner, hubby decided to bring up the subject of my woven wall hangings.  The owner asked me to send her JPG photos and descriptions, which I did within a few days.  She asked me to bring the wall hangings in which I did the following week.

She accepted three of the five wall hangings to hang in the gallery.  For the other two, she suggested we hang them in The Raven’s Nest Coffee House, also located in Culpeper.  If anyone purchases the ones hanging in the coffee house, 25% of the proceeds go to the SAFE house, which helps women and children.

A few weeks ago, I got a call from an ex-co-worker of my husband.  She had another ex-co-worker with her, someone husband hadn’t seen in quite awhile.  They wanted to come by, so I told them sure!  We never get company out here.  After running around the house trying to corral the hairballs that are our life, they showed up, and we had a good time chatting and visiting.  The gals wanted to see my fiber projects.  They were ooooing and ahhhing over so many things, it made me blush.

They wanted to try on some of the shirts and vest I’d made, so we went into the bedroom so there was a bit of privacy, though they tried them on over the shirts they were wearing.  My house is small and the men were in the living room, so the bedroom was the only other place to do it anyway.

They enjoyed trying on the shirts and the vest I’d made.  They switched off and on and the other gal decided to buy two of my items.  I had a really difficult time pricing them because #1, I hadn’t thought anyone would purchase them and hadn’t thought of a price ahead of time, and #2 I really didn’t think anyone would pay for them for what I thought they were worth as far as the work and materials I’d put into them.  However, I came up with a price I thought was fair for me, at least, and the lady bought them both!  I’m so happy and proud.  I am totally aware that my items take a certain person to appreciate them.  Which is the one main reason I was so surprised!

I had decided I wanted to knit a few things, and I made a cowl out of the hand spun yarn with locks I’d dyed and spun during Spring.  I posted it on Facebook, and immediately a friend said she was interested.  Again, I had a difficult time pricing it, but she still wants it, so that will be delivered this weekend.

I so appreciate these things being sold.  I really needed the boost of acceptance and confidence to continue to make items in the hopes that others will appreciate them, and value them, and be willing to purchase them.

The art hanging in the gallery has not sold, as far as I’m aware, but I’m still proud it’s hanging there.  I believe the items in the coffee shop will be taken down when October is over.  I keep hoping with Christmas coming, people will want to purchase these items.

Photos below of the items I’ve spoken about in this post.

Bobbi and her shirt, front and back.

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Bobbi and the vest – front and back (don’t have a better photo of the back).

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Wall hangings:

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Scarf from yarn I spun:

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Thanks for looking.

Take care,
Martha

Weaving

My art, which includes weaving, spinning yarn, and sewing my hand woven cloth, is more or less free-style.  I really am not one to follow the rules, or stay in my lane; I would rather experiment, and find what’s in my heart and let it flow through me into my hands, into my art.

However, I tend to limit myself.  When I look at the work of others, I realize just how subdued, in the lines, and not-as-expressive-as-I’d-like-it-to-be !!!!!!  I see the imagination of the work of others, and I think – “WOW!”

Today, I discovered the work of Juliet Martin here. Looking at the imaginative work she’s done, I’m overwhelmed thinking how sedate my work is.   However, I’m learning that I have this sort of thing in me, I just have to allow it to come forth, and be.

I had recently hit a wall with all of my creative endeavors.  It only lasted a couple of weeks, but it’s an awful feeling, not having any desire to weave anything, sew rope bowls, or spin yarn.  More on all of those items in the future!

However, on Saturday, we decided to go to The Mannings Hand Weaving School and Supply Center.  They carry all sorts of goodies and supplies for weaving, as well as spinning, knitting & crochet, including tools, yarn, fiber, and equipment.  I had received an email on Friday stating they have decided to close at the end of 2015.  It’s very sad, as they are a wealth of information and supplies, and they are within three hours travel from our home to theirs.  I can’t say as I blame them though as they would like to retire and travel, and I totally get that.  They searched for buyers for awhile now, and no one has stepped forward to say they’d be willing to buy the business.  If it were up to me, I’d LOVE to buy it as it’s in a beautiful part of Pennsylvania.

When I mentioned the email to my husband, he said, “Let’s go up on Tuesday.”  I said, cool!  He had plans to buy hay on Saturday  morning, however, when we woke up and he took care of the horses, it was pouring rain and it didn’t look as though it would end any time that morning……sooo…..after caring for the horses, he came into the house and said, “Let’s go to The Mannings today.”  I wasn’t sure I was ready for the road trip, and I had to call the dog sitter to see if she was available.  We would be gone at least seven hours, and that’s too long for our pups to stay in without going potty.  I lucked out and the dog sitter not only answered her phone, which has never happened before, but she was available!  I was pretty happy, and hurried to prepare to go on a road trip!

As we headed North, out of Virginia, passing through Maryland then into Pennsylvania, the weather changed dramatically.  It was gorgeous!  Blue sky, low humidity, and NO rain!  Yipppeeeee!  I really needed this road trip, and the shopping therapy.

I shopped, and though I spent a ton of money and came home with a ton of Cotton and Tencel yarn to weave with, I could have bought a LOT more!!!!  I mean, seriously!  The yarn was all 20% off, and I did enough damage to last me a LONG time…..

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The top row is all cotton.  The large cones on the bottom are Tencel, except for the black on the far right, which is cotton.  I use a LOT of black cotton yarn.  This is all 8/2 which is fairly fine, but in my comfort zone.

Sorry the picture is so dark – when we returned home, the rain was done, but it was still cloudy and almost dinner time, so this is an inside photo taken with it all laying on my blue ottoman.  Not the greatest photo in the world…..

Today, I did finish the woven cloth I’d started about a month or so ago, before I went into my slump.  It is in the Saori style of weaving, using a lot of clasped weft.  I wanted a cloth that was light weight, only black and white, and not thick.  I can’t wait to wash and dry this, and see how it finishes, then drape it on my dress form and work with it to make a nice, classy top.

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Total yardage before washing and drying is 5 yards.  Warp:  100% Black Cotton.  Weft:  100% Black Tencel and 100% White Tencel

We’ll see how much it shrinks in the wash!

Speaking of which, I’m in the middle of doing my laundry, and the dryer and washer have stopped.  I must go tend my stuff, and I’ll be back in a few days (more or less) with another post.  Coming attractions:  Rope Bowls and more weaving adventures.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon!

Always,
Martha