Weaving

Yesterday, while eating my lunch and perusing Pinterest, I spotted an image of branch weaving. I was so intrigued that I searched for more weaving projects. Not commercial, straight laced, follow a pattern type but nice flowing, organic weaving.  I really fell down the rabbit hole on this one. I had singular focus…must weave!

I came up with a plan to use the deckle part of my papermaking mold as a frame for a loom.  Thank goodness Mr. G had made me a really good quality piece from hardwood.

I strung it with kitchen string and set to work. Of course, I never read any instructions only to realize much later that I didn’t do the stringing properly.

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Oh well…cross that bridge when we get there right?

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I sat with my makeshift loom on my lap and winged it as I always seem to do.

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This was how it looked when I was ready to remove it from the frame. weaving3

And the finished product…  I went and broke a branch off our crabapple tree then scraped it down a bit with a utility knife. I would have preferred driftwood but that is pretty hard to come by in January in Minnesota. Everything is frozen solid.

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The colors made me think of the sea so adding shells and sea glass was the logical choice.

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I can’t wait to start my next one!! At least I found another use for all the yarn I’ve been collecting lately.

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New scarf

At knitting on Tuesday, I learned a new pattern for a quick and easy scarf. I had some random yarn in my bag so I decided to give it a go.

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The pattern is cast on 9 stitches. Knit 40 rows. Cast off. Then you cut 6 ft lengths of fringe…double over and thread thru the folded  knit piece effectively closing it into a loop. Wrap it around you neck and pull the long ends thru the knitted loop. Easy peasy…just think about your colors….

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In my hands the 3 colored skeins of yarn looked really nice…and maybe as wide stripes it would have worked…

But all I see is BACON.  And now I bet you do too. :)

I’ll likely end up tearing this back apart and using the scraps for something else.  Oh well…at least I learned something.

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T Tuesday: problem edition

I’m linking up once again with Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesdaylist tea

I spent the morning with my cup of coffee preparing a list for today.  Lots of errands. I worked a couple days last week so I feel a bit behind.

This morning as I was getting my knitting bag ready, I realized I have a problem… A big one. yarn problemI can’t stop myself from buying yarn at Goodwill!!! Yikes. I buy it WAY faster than I can use it.  At least, I can say that I AM using it.

What are doing today?

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WIP painting

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Not really sure where I’m going with this one but I’m having fun!

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Perhaps if I gave myself some more room, I’d be more productive.

So many projects…so little time.

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Journal vs altered book

I found this simply wonderful book at a rummage sale last Fall. It had a tattered and faded dust jacket hiding the purple goodness underneath.IMG_0119I wish the color showed a little more true in the photo. You’ll just have to believe me on the luscious color.IMG_0118

I purchased this book since it had a sewn binding which makes for a much more stable book when altered.

Before I begin, I really want to make a decision about journal vs altered book. This could make a really fun medical theme book. Perhaps a little gruesome. Not sure. I need to think this through a little more.

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T Tuesday: sketchbook edition

Last evening I began thinking about this T stands for Tuesday post as well as my coffee theme altered book. The book that will seemingly never be finished at the rate I work in the darned thing. sketching tea cupsI have some ideas in my head about a cupboard filled with mismatched cups. I think I could cut them from scrapbook papers once I get some designs figured out.

I’m not in love with any of the handles on the cups…that is my issue. I’m thinking perhaps I could just do without most of them pretending that the cup handles are just facing away.  More thought and experimentation is needed with this idea.

I have a few errands to run as well as trying to stop at knitting for a bit. Then it’s back home to work on some organizing. Not my favorite thing but I love it when it’s done!!

What are you doing today?

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Roll with it

I discovered that using cardboard chunks as pages in my new journal has opened up a freedom in creativity that I hadn’t realized I was stifling.

I think perhaps it is due to the fact that if I totally stink it  or wreck the page in some way…I can easily be trashed without ripping out pages. IMG_0113

Take this page for example.  Is it my best most fantastic work? Nope. but I worked in a very intuitive way. Just letting it flow onto the page. Whatever struck my mood at the time. Refreshing my mind. IMG_0115

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