Placemats for all seasons

Placemats for all seasons

Hello, friends. I love placemats. I love to use them and I love to weave them. They make great gifts and they're a nice way to "live" with handwovens. When crafted from cotton, they're especially easy to launder. My newest design is build around a four shaft bird's eye twill design. I wanted to create [...]

Hello, October

Hello, October

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers," says one of my favorite literary characters of all time, Anne Shirley. Yes, it is "sweatah weathah" here in New England. And what a comforting thought this is. September closed for me with the inaugural Capital Arts Fest, held in Concord, New Hampshire [...]

“Truffula Trees” and “Cityscape” placemats

The "Truffula Trees" placemats are finished and I'm pleased with the results. A set of four mats will be my entry into the next League of NH Craftsmen exhibition, "Fairytales and Fantasies," which opens April 6, 2018 in Concord, NH. In case you're not familiar with "Truffula Trees," I encourage you to read "The Lorax" [...]

Making a case for placemats

Making a case for placemats

Hello, friends. What's on your kitchen table? (If you're like me, there is usually an assortment of mail, laptops/electrical cords, and the occasional mug of half-drunk tea. Guilty!) Come dinner time, though, I clear off the mess to make room for our evening meal. While I love table runners (to make and to use), I [...]

Moving the loom, made a bit simpler

Hello, friends. A major reorganization effort at home has made it necessary to relocate my loom. Again. I just have one loom, a Nilus II Leclerc (8 shafts, 10 treadles) but she is a bit of a beast to move.   Some of the pieces are manageable, just awkward (see above). But then there is [...]

Black and White Encore Exhibit; new work

Happy New Year, friends. I hope that today finds you in good health and spirits. May your days be merry and bright in 2018. I'm preparing to take up new work for a League of NH Craftsmen gallery exhibit that will open on January 12, "Black & White Encore." Although it is scarf-wearing season here, [...]

Summer and Winter Placemats

Summer and Winter Placemats

This week's work at the loom involves another two shuttle weave, summer and winter! Like overshot, two weft shuttles are used alternately throughout the body of the cloth; one shuttle is used for the plain weave (to give the cloth stability and structure) and the other shuttle is designated for the pattern design. The really [...]