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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pretty in Pink



My new loom - it's all set up and working



    

Just finished vest jackets (above) with loom-designed fabric,  clothes with soul.

Soul, an essence of life.  It happens to something when it is made with hands that weave, sew, turn a potters wheel, mosaic, paint, the list could go on.  Much thought goes into the process of hand-done - textures, colors, the fit and how it will look.  Each piece unique.  Sometimes you might want to put on something with a little soul.  Wear it and part of the maker is in it.  

These vest / jackets are woven with linen, silk and wool.  The bit of pink one is made with a beautiful yarn bought in a local yarn shop, hand spun and dyed.  A friend ordered a vest, she wanted some pink, silver and black in the mix.  That yarn was just waiting for me that day. A mohair/wool combination with a mix of pink, white and a silvery blue spun into a most divine yarn.   I had enough to make two, she has one and this one is in my etsy shop.   The black and white has hand-spun in it as well, along with a taupe, black mohair mix.  In finishing the fabric is washed and the wool is felted.  
Designed, handwoven and sewn in my workshop. 

Pretty in Black and White too!



  

Monday, October 8, 2012

This Brilliant Autumn





 From the valleys and the hillsides of the driftless region - some photos of the autumn color.  It's getting colder, the leaves are falling, there's still some color but not the vividness of last few weeks.  What a beautiful fall we had.  Even the cats and dogs liked it - I think...the dogs are sort of smiling, the cats though --- well, you know cats.


Next post will be weaving related - the old, new loom is set up and working.