Again I find myself thinking……where has the time gone? It seems like you miss a day here or there and the next thing you know it’s months later. But that’s a good thing in some ways, a sign of a full life possibly? Okay, that’s what I’m telling myself as I realize how long it’s been since I’ve updated here.
So many things have happened since my last post, mostly all good, We finished that bathroom remodel that took forever, and then I started playing catch up, then summer came and I spent as much time as possible in the sunshine. It’s now fall and after a crazy October, life is settling in. But instead of trying to catch up on the last several months, I’m just going to forge ahead with what’s going on now. (You can catch up by following me on Instagram @jwsodypop if you’re curious).
Currently I’m bouncing back and forth between the office, customer quilting, making quilts for the family, and learning to weave. I say learning to weave because I don’t believe I’ll ever have fully learned everything that can be taught about weaving, it’s a journey, just like quilting.
No pictures to show of customer quilts at this time, I have several in the lineup for overall quilting this month, but do have spaces open for quilts to be done before Christmas if you’re interested.
The weaving I can show, right now I have two projects going. I’ve got a sampler in progress on the Leclerc Medico, a small 22″ wide 4 shaft table loom. I’m using a cotton warp and a laceweight Alpaca variegated yarn for the weft. This is to hang in the weaving room as a reference for what different patterns look like woven and whether or not I need to do a floating selvedge with a particular pattern (some need it, some don’t).
And I’ve finished some trial kitchen towels using Peaches and Cream as my warp. It makes a nice soft, fluffy, absorbent towel, but does need care in handling on the loom as it tends to stretch. This is my favorite one now that it’s off the loom.
On the Leclerc Artistat floor loom, I’ve started a shawl. I’m using a silk/merino blend for the warp, with a tencel floating selvedge. So far I’ve used two different merino yarns in the weft, with a tabby tencel spacer between them. I know, foreign language to some of you, but the weavers out there will understand. I’m working this at 28″ wide for an end width after wet finishing of 25″ (hopefully).
In the studio, I’ve been trying to sew, but I have three distractions now:
Oscar (on the right) and Sasha (on the left) came to live with us and Casey (center) a couple months ago as kittens from the shelter. You can imagine what type of kitten-proofing needed to be done, and is currently still being upgraded, as these little ones have grown and gained skills! They keep me laughing and have integrated well into the family. Last week the final hold-out on getting along, Ciarra and Sasha, came to terms with each other. We now have a modicum of peace in this house.
And in spite of that, I’m making progress on my daughter’s quilt. It’s been slow progress on this one, and has stalled progress on the other family quilts, but that’s another story for another day. Not a bad story, just a challenging one, all my fault! But finally the rows are going together and I’m back on track (I hope!).
The chickens are once again molting, the angora rabbits are enjoying the cooler temperatures we’ve had lately, and the dogs are settling down as they get older. So that’s an update for the beginning of November and I hope not to wait too long before I have another update to give. Oh and this long time “right hand thrower” has learned continental knitting….. a game changer for me…… I guess I do have another update for another day!