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Frodo and Tomatoes

Well we finally got a “bit” of rain in the western half of Washington this weekend. It made life good again by washing away the smoke from the BC fires and the heat from the “heat wave” we have been experiencing.

Got some of my little experimental bracelets done on the rigid heddle and am still trying to figure out the tension problem I am having at the end of the warp. Try, try, again.

But the best is the Frodo Scarf.

I bought the yarn on sale at the LYS (All Wound Up) and the colorway is called “Frodo”! I decided to weave it instead of knitting with it, it is fingering weight yarn, and this is how it is looking.  I LOVE it!

 

Last night my husband and I decided to have a “picnic at the beach.” That meant: going to Whole Foods, getting food to-go from the food bars, driving to the beach and parking on the cliffside street to look at the Sound while we ate! There is a lovely street called Sunset Ave. in Edmonds, WA that has a section, past the Ferry Dock, that has parallel parking along the cliff above the railroad tracks and the Sound. It is a favorite place for looking at the water, the scuba divers, the boats, the Ferry and the view. It is also a good place to walk, but since it was raining we just sat and ate. Yummy stuff comes from the Whole Foods food bars!

As we walked into the Whole Foods Market, there was a table at the entrance with Heirloom Tomatoes for sale. $4.99 a pound! I think I picked up a yellow tomato that cost $4.99! Last night before we went to bed we had a snack of fresh heirloom tomato sliced and juicy. Today I am having a cheese and tomato sandwich for lunch. I wait all year to eat tomatoes in the summer. This tomato is the sweetest tomato I have had in years. I hope I can save some for my husband…

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Warped? Yes. Weft Behind? Nope. Busy? Yes

Well, isn’t this unusual, a post from me! It has been quite the year 2014. After having lots of death and negative things to deal with in 2013, I was really looking forward to a nice year in 2014. Well, I started something that has kept me VERY busy and happy at the same time. Yes, I’m still weaving, I will post photos, but this is much bigger than my weaving.

BLACK HILLS CRAFTERS NETWORK was born in January of 2014. It started out small and now has 52 shops on the website! I am pleased that it has gotten so big. The website has started me doing other things, like marketing some of the shops that are presented on the website. And I have begun selling products for my dear friend Cindy who has recently become widowed and needed help keeping her craft business going. We are doing well with her products and my mouth! I LOVE selling good product!

Another place I have been spreading my time is with Arts Rapid City another new website that features artists, crafters, events, businesses and organizations. I love going to their workshops and adding my crafters to their website.

If you are in the market for wonderful crafts please check out Black Hills Crafters Network. If you are looking for something awesome to do in Rapid City, SD go to Arts Rapid City to see what is happening.

I received a  weaving “sampler kit” for my birthday in July and I am slowly learning how to make all the great patterns included in the sample. This is great fun and I will post photos later, hopefully sooner than later, later!

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Here are two pieces I completed over the summer. The red, green and blue one is a fabric to become a vest and the blue, yellow/orange one once finished became a stole that got 2nd place at the county fair in August!! Both use handspun yarn for the weft and commercial yarn for the warp. Both woven on my wonderful Macomber Baby Mac.

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Happy New Year!

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Here’s hoping that the new year of 2014 will be better than last year. Less hate, less waste, less worry, less sadness, more health, more happiness, more love. I have decided that for me weaving will be the best way to be happy this next year. No resolutions, just happiness in all my endeavors! I finished weaving a piece for a lamp shade on a cute little lamp. I hope to consign the lamp at a local store and will let you know where it ends up.

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White Christmas

It snowed yesterday most of the day here in Rapid City, SD. It was the perfect day to weave!! Yes, I finally got the motivation going to finish weaving the variegated green silk and wool piece for the next lamp shade. This lamp will be adorable, as it has a brass colored butterfly on the base and this lovely lamp shade. No photos yet, but soon.

I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas. I HATE sewing, but I love to weave. And, you sometimes need to hem your weaving, or make a nice zig-zag stitch along the edge so it doesn’t unravel. Ya can’t GLUE everything ya know! So, if I get the sewing machine (it is a simple one with basic stitches!) I will be able to make mug rugs and other lamp shades without having to use too much glue!! Woo Hoo!

If I don’t get back to this blog before Christmas, let me wish all 2 of you that read this Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas, almost!

Well, I have not been too busy on this blog, have I? Since the Fair we have had quite the Fall. Our precious Whippet dog, Zoe, died and that was devastating. Then we made an effort to simplify our lives in our 900 sq ft townhouse. That meant getting rid of all the junk we had accumulated in the closets, the garage and the “attic” or loft in the garage. We had not parked the car in the garage for several years and since closing our business, Native Life Designs, we had filled the garage up even more. I spent September cleaning out junk, you know, the things we just couldn’t live without years ago and we wonder now why on earth did we keep that? It was freeing yet there wasn’t a lot of weaving happening. I did manage to get a shawl finished for myselfImage out of some awesome linen from a friend. She was also cleaning out her stuff and I bought it off of her for a good price.

Then in October we had a blizzard. After cleaning up from that we finished more cleaning out of the garage. Then we bought another used car and NEEDED the car to be in the garage instead of out on the driveway or street. So, the garage got cleaned out so well that we can now park the car in the garage! Amazing.

By the end of October I had decided to step lightly into the crafting business. I made a cute little lamp out of recycled pieces and hand woven handspun for the shade. I named my new enterprise Handcrafters Schack (my middle and maiden name) and consigned the first piece to a wonderful new crafters store here in Rapid City, called Dakota Pines (www.dakotapines.com). I am working on other lamps now and hand woven lamp shades, we will see how far this goes. No Etsy shop, or website yet, just testing out things for now.Image

I have also painted several rooms in the house and had the privilege of meeting my son’s girlfriend over Thanksgiving. I am excited about the future for them and for us. We are taking a short vacation over Christmas since we can’t get together with the kids this year.

Here’s a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wish for you. Enjoy your holidays, your family and your life.

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Pinks and Reds

I finished the pinks and reds scarf. I have decided that my early hand spun yarns are TERRIBLE warp yarns! Not enough twist, too bulky, etc………… You get the idea. I did manage to get a short scarf made and even got it washed. It fulled a bit, it made it look better I think. Here it is:Image

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Apron ON!

I got my apron on the warp beam, almost by myself. I needed a bigger hammer to get those little tacks to go into that HARD wood of the beam. Fortunately for my loom, my husband came home and finished pounding them in for me. It looks WONDERFUL! I am in process of warping the handspun warp so will post again later with photos.

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