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Wall weavings and a new loom

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I’ve been working on small wall hangings using various recycled and natural elements. The pine needles are particularly tricky to work with. Clockwise from top right: 1) cotton, wool, pine needles, wood, leather; 2) Wool pine needles, leather; 3) hemp, cotton, wood; 4) Wool, pine needles, leather;  5) Wool, recycled sari silk, recycled tea bags, raffia, nettle yarn, handmade paper and watercolor. All are now available in my Etsy shop.

The big news is that I finally got my Saori loom. I am so excited and can’t wait to start using it. Will post photos soon of new projects.

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Lastly, I finally finished this felted/linen/wool-embroidered and leather wristlet. Now available in my Etsy shop.

It sat on my work table for weeks just waiting for me to put the strap on. Sometimes things just fall by the wayside.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope everybody is having a great week.

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Saori weaving

saoriclassSpent a lovely morning at Laura Roveda’s Saori Studio LA  where I got to try out this lovely saori loom. I had a feeling that I was going to really like it and I did. Sadly, it’s out of my budget at the moment, but definitely something to save up for.

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I can easily do free weaving on this and being an abstract painter, this is right up my alley . I plan on producing pieces for bags, pillows and whatever else I can come up with for my Etsy store. Here are a couple of things I made already using my rigid heddle loom. The top two pieces are linen with handwoven wool insets. The bottom piece is linen with felting and sashiko stitching. The yellow cross body bag has grey linen on the backside and the closure and strap are still to be added.

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I really need to finish up some of these half finished projects and photograph them, so I can put them in my store. Slow going, but having so much fun!

 

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Mini pouch

I just have time for a quick posting today. Here is a small linen pouch using my sprig linocut. This was actually a test swatch, but the print came out really nice and clear, so I didn’t want to waste it. There is also a little wool hand stitching along the edge and a soft leather zipper pull. I sent it to my sister and she seemed to like it. I forgot to photograph it before sending it off (part of her Christmas gift and really late, so I was anxious to get it in the mail). She was nice enough to snap these shots for me.

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Trying new things

This week, I made this red linen tote for my aunt’s birthday. It is hand block printed with one of my new linocuts. I also added a little hand painting and embroidery to it. I had never made a tote before, so I was quite pleased with how it came out. It was supposed to be an every day bag for her to use on her errands, she said it was really nice so she was only going to use it for special occasions. Not what I had in mind at all, lol!

The other thing I made this past week was a baby pinafore for my cousin’s new baby. I’ve never made baby clothes before and it was so easy and so much fun. And, it was so tiny! I think I am going to make another!

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Lastly, I’m just going to toot my own horn a little and post that my oil/wax painting “Epistrophy” based on a Thelonious Monk song is hanging in the window of Random Framing. Any exposure is good exposure, right?

It’s not a great pic, but you get the idea.

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End result

I am very happy with how versatile this block print has turned out. I originally made it to use for home items on my Etsy store, but I think it also works for a wristlet. Of course, I had to keep this one for myself. 🙂

Here are the hot pads and a potholder:

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There are so many possibilities for this block print, pillows, bags, tea towels, etc. What do you think?

 

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More wristlets and some pouches

 

Happy Monday! Little by little, I’ve been working on items for my Etsy store. Yesterday, I posted about my block printing for new items I am starting to work on. Today, I am posting some finished items: wristlets and zipper pouches. All are made from 100% linen with various embellishments of felting, applique and Sashiko-style stitching. My favorite part of making these is the design and my least favorite is the cutting of all the pieces and putting in the zipper. I’m getting pretty good at putting in the zipper, but I still wish these little dogs I live with could pitch in and earn their kibble.

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Coaster upgrade

I am now on my 10th or 12th set of linen coasters and I think these are the best so far. What is different from my previous sets, you ask? Well, the new ones are double-lined with batting and fusible vinyl making them fairly water repellent. The problem with fabric coasters is that if there is a lot of condensation on the glass, it eventually soaks into the fabric and then that moisture reaches the table surface. Adding the vinyl really helps to block the moisture from seeping to the tabletop. It isn’t 100% waterproof, but it is much more water repellent than the previous versions. This does make for more work, but I am striving for a higher end, quality product, not something that you would buy at Target. No offense to Target, I love Target, but I want to create something that is handmade, unique and that reflects my fine art. This set is now available on my Etsy shop.

 

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Off on a tangent

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Now I’m playing around with wet and needle felting. A friend of mine gave me some beautiful nuno felted scarves that totally inspired me, so of course, I had to try something. I had thought of felting before, but couldn’t figure out how to incorporate it into my work. Most of what I had seen was too corny for me, but once I did more extensive research, I found many beautiful and inspiring creations. I thought for my first attempt I would embellish this crossbody bag I had started some time ago. It’s a pattern I altered from a bento bag pattern. I think it’s okay, but I am hoping my designs will get better with more practice and experimenting.

I’ll post the finished bag when I’m done.

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Post holiday?

Well, the holidays are over, but this elf is still in the workshop. I think I was overly ambitious in trying to make all my gifts and I am still working on a few. Unfortunately, I gave some away before photographing them, so no pix. 🙁

 

One of the gifts I am working on is fingerless gloves. I don’t really knit very well, so I am trying them on a knitting board. Has anybody out there used one? What do you think?

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I am a much better crocheter, so I am making a backup pair, just in case it doesn’t work out with the knitting board. I really like the popcorn stitch around the wrist.

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Besides the gloves, I made a linen scarf with block printing and sashiko embroidery. This lovely color is a warm gray called gray sparrow from Fabrics-Store.com. They have a great selection of linen. Unfortunately, the photo is overexposed, so I am also including a swatch so you can see the color better. The stitching is in two variations of light blue and a light gray.

 

I also am working on a wall weaving and I started 2 new paintings. I think I’ll save those for the next posting, so stayed tuned.

Happy New Year to all!