"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Monday, 13 November 2017

Remnants

Yarn pieces 4" or longer I save and eventually they find their way into my weaving. This is a rya bath mat I wove for myself. The little blue remnants I had saved from other project's found a space in it. The backing I used longer pieces in various dark browns. When I flip the rug over and look at the backside I see some colour variation and to me it is meaningful and reminds me to stay frugal.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Large handwoven rag rug available for purchase

This rug is 6' long and 49.5" wide. It is woven in shades of green, brown and gray. It is made from repurposing cotton clothing. 40% of the purchase price will be used to buy food for homeless northern BC teens. It is 180.00 Canadian dollars plus actual shipping costs.

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Large rag rug available for purchase

This is one of two rag rugs that I have woven and both are available for purchase. The second rug I will be showing in my next post. Both are made from repurposing cotton fabric. This rug is 67.5" long and 49.5" wide. It is woven in shades of various blues, brown, creme, gray and taupe. The price is 180.00 Canadian dollars plus actual shipping costs. Forty percent of the purchase price will be used to buy food for homeless northern BC teens.

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Cutting a quill pen

I used an eagle and a raven flight feather and an eagle tail feather collected on the island. I tempered the feathers first by soaking them in water overnight and than immersing them into hot sand I heated in the oven. I began with the eagle tail feather and I used a small sharp knife to make the cuts. Admittedly my knife skills are very poor so I used embroidery scissors to cut the basic shape and than I used the knife for finishing. Even then I shaved off tiny pieces at a time and admittedly I was very awkward at it. Still I managed to cut something that was workable enough that I could print with it. As I did it made a tiny scratching sound like mouse nails on a window pane. With as much effort as a child learning to print I wrote down a grocery list. Each letter more or less requiring a dip into ink. Did I expect the swiftness of a ball point pen? The shaft on the raven feather was the smallest and I found it difficult to hold comfortably. The eagle flight feather which I cut last is my favourite and I finished my list with it.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Making paper

I like handmade cards to accompany my purchased weaving's. I used a jigsaw to make my mold and deckle from 1/4" scrap plywood. I really like the greyish-purple color that I got from using dye. I did the papermaking outside which eliminated the mess aspect. In the picture this is the recycled cotton paper cards with matching envelopes drying in the sun.

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

My kitchen/studio counter

One of my kitchen counter's is made from driftwood and the original cabin door. I also use this counter when I am weaving since I share my kitchen with my floor loom. I repainted the door with a Benjamim Moore Aura paint and the colour is Fusion (AF-675) and than I put on several coats of Stay's Clear acrylic high gloss polyurethane. With the occasional re-coat of polyurethane it should be good for another seventeen years or so.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Small tapestry available for purchase

This small tapestry is designed and woven by myself using natural coloured and woollen yarns I hand dyed. It measures 8" tall ( excluding the leather cord) and 5 3/4" wide. To purchase or to ask any questions you may have please email me. Forty percent of the purchase price will be donated to buy food and clothing for northern BC homeless teens.

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