I’ll just leave this here …

I’ve had a nagging feeling in the back of my mind these past few weeks; turns out it was my internal alarm telling me that I’d not posted for a while.  Well, I’m back from all my travels and I’ve got some things to show for it.  Or in some cases, nothing to show for it.

The first two weeks in June were entirely given over to Spindle Camp (a wonderful gathering of friends in the foothills of The Sierra.  We laughed, we talked, we ate, we spun.  It was fabulous.  I took no pictures.) and then a week in Washington DC.  I really should do a whole separate post on DC (hint: it’s amazing. So much to do!  So much to see!  I took a ridiculous number of pictures!) but really, that can wait.  I got home a week ago and realized that Art Fair is just around the corner.  I’ll be there with handwovens of all varieties – particularly dishtowels.

So, I got busy and warped the loom.  This:

became this:

and today, the beam looks like this:

which is round two.  For those coming to the Fair, you’re benefiting from my rushing.  The towels that came off that first warp are longer than they should be – by quite a bit, actually.  I’m certainly not going to toss them – they’re gorgeous.  But, my DC-humidity-baked-brain is your reward.  About 10% more towel for the same price.   So it goes.  But!  I’m going to get it right this time around.  One more warp of towels after this one and I can move on to scarves and shawls.

And, lest you think I did nothing while in DC, I give you this:

my finished sampler.  Yes, wonky stitches abound, but that’s the point of a piece like this.  I really got me thinking about how to use embroidery when I’m making things – and now I’ve got lots of ideas for art-pieces.  Pairing this with shibori, or for accents on some of my clothes – maybe even here and there on scarves.  But that’s for next year’s Fair.  My brain is already full of ideas for *this* year.

And in two weeks, I’ll be back up on Salt Spring Island with Jane Stafford.  The summer is rushing by.  What are you all doing to keep up with it?

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4 Responses to I’ll just leave this here …

  1. Charlene says:

    Your embroidery is inspiring – may have to get the book myself.
    Also love your towels.

  2. Amy says:

    Out of curiosity, on warps like the first towel warp above, do you do yarn wrappings to plan? Or just design on the fly as you wind the beam?

  3. Diane says:

    I lay out all the cones before I start winding. I set up the lightest and darkest sections and then swap colors as I move along to get from Point A to Point B. I have a few guidelines that I use, but otherwise I make it up as I go. So, planned unplanned.

  4. melanie says:

    The embroidery came out so nice! And your weaving…

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