So, I am just having all sorts of fun weaving these days. I am really happy with how my handspun, hand dyed/ natural grey wool wrap turned out. It is really soft. I ended up braiding the fringe and adding beads. I left little loose tufts on the fringe. I think it adds character and reminds me of the playful… Continue reading Just off the loom: hand-dyed wool, natural colored cotton yardage
I have been spinning yarn since 2005. My first experience with the luxury of working with natural fibers was after winning a gift certificate to Evelise's Yarn Shop at the Berrien County Youth Fair . An Afghan that I had crocheted with acrylic yarn won Reserved Grand Champion. With the gift certificate I bought my… Continue reading A Spinners Milestone: Weaving with Handspun Yarn
So, now I'm dusting all of my weaving supplies off again. It's been a long time. I really haven't used the inkle loom I bought as a college student since I was in college. Sad, sad, sad. Welp, here I go again. I had so much fun weaving the strap for my new drawstring backpack… Continue reading Here I Go Again: Still Weaving
I Could Use Another Bag, Maybe Two I'm not much of a fancy, shmancy purse kind of girl. Usually when I carry a bag it's on one of two occasions. For everyday, I wear a small pouch on a long cord, just large enough to carry my cell phone, keys, and cards. When I am traveling whether for a… Continue reading I Could Use Another Bag, Maybe Two
Earlier this month my brother-in-law was deployed to Afghanistan with the US Air Force. I decided to weave him a keepsake sash as a parting gift. The project went together nicely. The weaving technique used is called supplementary warp patterning. The woven text is DH (His Initials) 14 (deployment year) ZIJAKERY (The acronym they use for the… Continue reading The Send-Off Sash
Not, me. A dear friend got married yesterday. I wanted to make a gift for the couple and thought well why not weave them a keepsake wedding sash. I have been learning about weaving Lithuanian sashes with my friend, Donna for the last few months. While I love the supplementary warp patterning technique I am still learning to merge my design… Continue reading Just Married: Keepsake Wedding Sash
My sister, Melanie graduated with a masters degree in education a few weeks ago. The plan was to make her something as a gift. I started sewing her a dress last month, well sort of. I cut it out and then it sat in the to-do bin. Simplicity 1417 is a really cute peplum sheath… Continue reading Congrats Grad, a gift for my sister.
It's been a few months now since I began crafting in public at my local library on Sunday afternoons. I work on different projects. Spinning (people especially love to see the spinning wheel at work), braiding, piecework, knitting or whatever I can stuff in a basket. It is so fun to talk to people who see me working.… Continue reading Weaving Senovinis: The gifts of crafting in public