Yesterday, 23 Feb 2017, I had the privilege of going to a Seattle Weavers Guild meeting in Seattle. Wow! I was wowed by the amount of people attending; by the beautifully woven garments worn by attendees; the “Hot of the Loom” show and tell on display and discussed; the friendly people I met and the program. The Speaker was Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles and she was very, very good. She dyes her warps and weaves the most colorful pieces I have ever seen.
I have waited for a year to begin getting involved with different groups here in the area that I live in. I didn’t wait to find a yarn store! I go to an awesome yarn store in Edmonds, WA called, “All Wound Up”. It is run by a mother-daughter dynamic duo that aim to please and educate. It has the nicest yarn, best prices and sweetest people ever. I spend at least a couple of days a week there knitting and chatting with the friendly customers and staff, oh, and petting the yarn!
My trek to the Seattle Weavers Guild was so wonderful. I had been reading their web site and meeting individuals that are members off and on for the last year, while we got settled into our life in the PNW. So, I finally had the 4th Thursday of the month free from other appointments and drove to Seattle for the whole day. The meeting hall is huge and was filled with people and beauty and color!
I met so many wonderully nice people, especially ones that wanted to help you get going forward in your weaving. Or Spinning. I met a lot of Spinners too! Fun place.
I mailed my SWG application for Membership today and hope by March I will have an offical “nametag” and be a “real” member, not just a virtual one!
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!
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.
Time. We all have 24 hours of it every day. Up until this last weekend I was using my time very unwisely: working and sleeping with a little eating and knitting in there too. So, now, today, I am gearing up for using my time a little better. I just spent about an hour and a half carding my lovely silver grey mohair fiber, and winding a warp for a completely handspun scarf.
I finished carding the mohair and was ready to drag my spinning wheel downstairs when I looked at the plastic “dresser” that holds my handspun yarns, 3 large drawers full (as well as some hidden in the closet!). The drawers are see through plastic and the yarns taunted me- ‘weave with us you said you would on your vacation’. Well, they are right, I decided. So I asked all the yarn what it wanted to be and unusual for me, (I am a blue and purple kind of gal) the reds and pinks jumped out of the drawers -‘make us a scarf’ they said. So, I sorted them by shade, sorta, and by yarn weight, sorta, and then wound a short (2 yd) warp. I just received my warp beam apron from Macomber and need to attach it to the warp beam, before I can use the loom, so I came downstairs, with the yarn, to see what I need to put on the apron. Then my computer called me, “Hey! Did you see the posts on facebook?” So, here I am writing a post about my soon to be warped on the loom pink and red scarf. Sigh, did I hear someone say, “shiny object!”?