Hello, friends. I’ve woven a fair number of placemats using my “Cityscape” design and have moved onto kitchen towels. I love to weave kitchen towels! “Farmhouse Plaid” towels have been a customer favorite since I designed them nearly eight years ago:
For these towels, I sett the 8/2 unmercerized cotton rather closely at 24 ends per inch. This results in a cloth that strikes a good balance between drape and thickness after finishing.
In addition to weaving in anticipation of summer and early fall exhibits this year, my husband and I are embarking on a rather big project. Here’s a hint:
My husband and I will be “right-sizing” now that our children are grown and flown. We’re looking for a place that will allow for ample opportunity for gardening, cheesemaking, baking, and, of course, weaving.
PS: Be sure to stop in at the latest League of NH Craftsmen exhibition, “Fairy Tales & Fantasies” in Concord, NH. The exhibit runs through June 15, 2018. My handwoven “Truffula Trees” placemats are part of this exhibit.
Hello, friends. The loom has received a very special new addition! My husband crafted me a custom handle for my front beater for Christmas. I knew that Don had been spending extra time in his basement workshop around the holidays but really didn’t know what he was planning. The new beam handle is wonderful! It is affixed to the front beam of my Leclerc Nilus II and I’ve found it to be very beneficial. I don’t have to reach as far to grab the beater (I’m not very tall, coming in at just over 5′ 3″) and the additional weight of the beam + handle means I don’t have to beat each pick with quite as much “oomph.” Here are some photos:
The toweling cloth that is on the loom this week in sandy beige and unbleached cottons is a custom order. I’m enjoying this pattern so much that I plan to weave additional color combinations. (Teaser: keep your eye out for China blue and red).
I’ll be packing up a healthy supply of kitchen towels to take to the League of NH Craftsmen Retail Gallery in Nashua. This is a lovely gallery located right on Nashua’s Main Street and restaurant options abound. Nashua has a very walking-friendly downtown and makes for a great day trip.
More snow today. If I make some decent progress at the loom, I may be able to get outdoors on the cross-countries skis.
Hello, friends. The house is quiet this week with the exception of the sound of the loom and the warping reel. (My husband noted this week that he likes the sound of the warping reel. I confess I hadn’t really considered the “sound” of the reel but by golly, there is one, now I’ve had my attention drawn to it). Both of our boys are back to their respective campuses for the academic year. And sadly, my longtime weaving companion of fourteen years, Ingrid, has crossed the rainbow bridge. She was so good at making sure that I took frequent breaks while working at the loom. Here is a photo of our beloved Norwegian Elkhound:
I’ve been keeping busy working on custom requests such as these colonial blue waffleweave dishcloths:
The diamond twill dishtowels are in the finishing stage right now and up next are some farmhouse plaid kitchen towels in colonial blue and ivory, also a custom request. They’ll look something like this:
I have been working on the online shop feature for my new site here, and it is coming along. I plan to add more to it after this weekend’s show at Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA. Until then, if you have any questions or comments about my work or just feel like saying hello, do contact me here!