Friday, June 3, 2011

Site move

Due to limitations in photo space, I have had to move this blog to a new location. Find me at


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Asian Revival

DD#1 has a school math activity that somehow requires a kimono. Apparently, she and her friend are selling Japanese-type goods at a booth and wanted to dress the part. I figured if I was going to make a kimono for her, she could wear it at events, I made it from a very nice linen for the outer robe and plain old unbleached muslin for the under robe.

I think I'll make a heavier version of this for an over-robe, maybe with some sashiko stitching on it for event wear. Evenings are always chilly in An Tir, so extra layers are a requirement.

I had some other ideas for hair decorations, but I don't have any little flowers to put onto strings. I have some beads and some bamboo skewers, and I'm sure I could come up with some string--like some crochet cotton or something. I just need some little flowers. Maybe I'll have to take a trip to Michael's.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ursulmas and beyond

I entered some 30 Evil Eye beads at Ursulmas 30 for their Arts & Sciences contest. This contest routinely has only three or four entrants, so I wasn't shocked to see the same number of entrants, but was thrilled to find out that I won! One thing that was made clear was that I needed to work on my display. Since this seemed a rather informal contest, I didn't think I needed to build anything elaborate. All the other contestants had done the same kind of "display"; drop item on table with documentation. I also forgot that I needed to specify that "30" was represented by 30 beads. Somehow I forgot to put that in the title of the documentation and it was missed by the judges.

I was gifted a whole arm load of loot--too much, in my opinion, for a simple contest. I may have to gift at least one of the items to someone--maybe someone who inspires me, or someone whose garb would be suitable for these ring cloak pins. My daughter has laid claim to the birdies--she loves birds--and I figured I could make cloaks for both girls with the fabric.

A few days ago, I started working on a new weaving project on the inkle loom. Sadly, a two-shed loom makes for very limited designs, so while I would love to learn (again) how to do card weaving, I'm thinking that I'd rather learn how to weave fabric on a loom--something 18" or 20" wide. I'm doing some passive research on how to build a loom, and may eventually seek out someone to teach a class on building a simple warp-weighted loom and weaving cloth.

Another passion, another journey.

Monday, January 24, 2011

January 2011 update

No, I haven't finished the Thistle socks. Nor have I finished the Purple socks.

But I'm working on making some Evil Eye beads and home made sourdough. Yum!