Sunday, November 20, 2011

Potential




What is a prettier sight to a weaver than a loom with a fresh warp? I know that I think the loom itself is most visually appealing to me at this moment, before I start to throw the weft. There is just so much potential at this moment. This is a very simple warp, I will be weaving some new rugs on it soon. The simplicity really highlights the beauty of the loom itself.

In college my weaving professor told me that she knew weavers who would leave their loom in this state for days before sitting down to weave. Winding a warp is enough of an achievement on its own to warrant a little appreciation before leaping into the “actual” weaving.

This isn’t to say that warping the loom is my favorite step in the process. I can’t wait to sit down and start adding weft. But that might have to wait until tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Introducing Baby

So I took a few months off.
To have a baby!

This is what she looked like at first:
And this is what she is like now at 4 months old:And I can't believe how big she is already! She's a rolly polly 18lbs and just as healthy as can be. We feel so lucky and love her so much.

But I'm ready to start blogging again. I've been making things and there is so much to catch up on and share! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Whale Inlay and Embroidery




You may remember the Whale from this and this post. The embroidery did not take a very long time, but I got hung up on the teeth. I couldn't draw on the fabric because it had too much texture - I tried various forms of chalk and white pencil, but it wouldn't take. So I had to do most of the embroidery freehand. For the body shape, I followed the edges of the inlay, which is a lighter blue that is hard to see in these pictures. But the details were just my best try. I think it turned out pretty well.

I just framed it last week. It isn't the best frame in the world, but it fits!

Friday, May 13, 2011

New Weaving Space

Now that my weaving room/office has become the nursery, we had to find a new space for my weaving stuff. Thus the weaving corner was created:With a little rearranging, and some relocating of furniture, we carved out a corner of our upstairs TV room for my loom, yarn, and other craft tools.
We also "built" a new desk out of a filing cabinet, an old shelf, and a piece of plywood. And it is big enough to double as a sewing space (if I clear it off a little bit).
It isn't as bright and cheerful as the lovely room downstairs was, but I am adapting to it very well. And I'm hoping to dress that loom very soon! I have a project in mind, but with three weeks left in the school year and 8 weeks until baby, I'm not too ambitious.

You can see pictures of my old weaving room in this old post. Check out the color of those walls! We really toned it down for the nursery.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Nursery Curtains

I haven't posted anything in a long time, but that doesn't mean I haven't been making things. Between grad school, and pregnancy, and a poorly functioning camera, I just haven't had the motivation to post anything on this blog.

But my birthday was this week and I received an awesome new camera! So I will try to be better about showing off some of my projects.

In other relevant news, I moved my weaving room/office out of the front room downstairs so that we could convert that room into a nursery. Over Spring Break we painted and made curtains, and now it is a whole new room.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Homemade Maternity Pants

Hey Blog! A thing you may not know about me is that I am a little over 4 months pregnant! And I'm really excited about it.

I'm kind of cheap, and not excited about buying maternity pants. I own one pair so far from H&M which are pretty cute and comfortable. But it seems silly to buy more than that when I'll only wear them for a few months. However, over the last couple of weeks I've had to admit that I officially can't fit into any of my other pants comfortably. So I decided it was time to add another pair to my collection.

Thanks to a tutorial from Meg over at DIY Maternity, I was able to fashion these beauties out of some very old GAP chinos.
I really wasn't sure if I'd be able to pull this off, but I totally did! And they look good. I even kept the pockets and some of the belt loops in the back. The best part is that they are loose pants, which are more comfortable than my fashionable H&M skinny maternity jeans.

I think I cut them a bit too low in front, but I might like that as I grow bigger. Right now if I wear certain shirts you can see a little of the navy blue peaking out, but with long maternity shirts it is not a problem.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Whale Inlay

This is the picture that Gus drew for me a while back. I transferred the outline to another piece of paper, cut it out, and pinned it under the cloth as I was weaving. Then I worked an inlay in a lighter blue to create the silhouette of the whale in the weaving. This went far quicker than I imagined.
The image ended up being reversed because I forgot that the "right" side of the cloth was facing the floor as I wove the the "wrong" side was facing me. But that's not a big deal. Just something to keep in mind if I were ever to use inlay to create letters or numbers.

Now I plan to embroider the details.