Busy fall activities

We just had a craft exhibition at our local gallery for almost 2 weeks. I had a couple of handwoven blankets on display and was really impressed with the displays. A call had gone out to crafts people to submit items and the response finally became better. What was displayed was a lot of textiles, including knitting in very fine lace, very big lace from 2″ roving, to mitts and a very fine cotton table cloth. Felt pieces included a coat, shawl and purses. Some crocheted jewelry along with fine silver, glass items and hand made monkeys and elves. Along with the fibre stuff, was a great amount of wood work. There were crib boards, jewelry boxes, benches and very ornate tables from burls. Wood is fibre too. The major metal were flowers made from horseshoes and reinforcing steel. They were really unique. I demonstrated some hand spinning and some weaving so that the gallery could be “manned” for a couple of days.

Along with this exhibition was a craft symposium with guest speakers from Vancouver, Halifax and Calgary. Having these people talk of their work helped me to confirm that what I like to do, am compelled to do means I am on a good path. I met some nice local artisans as well, but we had little time to talk to one another. The energy level was high.

I have a new customer who is a nice new felter and is busy buying my roving to make more items. She is passionate about what she is doing and experimenting with all she is doing. She is basically self taught and likes checking out the internet. I am impressed with her efforts. I also have a friend who bid on and “won” a nice hat block for me. I hope to have time to use it soon. It is a lovely plain block.

I took some soap to my naturopath today which she will check out to see if it can be used. One of the sample soaps was an olive oil soap with no scent so should be fine. My husband uses it as he has been having some skin problems. I will make some goat soap, no scent for them as well. Although unscented soaps have been requested, I find that they will sit for a long time while the scented soaps are being bought. People like a bit of fragrance and aroma. My soaps are very mild, long lasting and varied. I very much enjoy making them.

The yarn I chose for the latest weaving project is a very slippery rayon/nylon blend and as it is weaving up, not very soft. I am planning a scarf and will see how it goes, but it might become something else once it is done.

Hello, again from the beginning

I have been offline for quite awhile due to an administration problem.  I hope to get back into the blog format and to be visible often. Life continues to be busy and I am preparing for a trip to Olds, Alberta for Fibre Week and a twill workshop with Jane Stafford. I am excited to be doing this as she is a great teacher and sharer of information. I took The Delectable Sari a couple of years ago at Maiwa on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.

I have been busy these past months working for the local libraries, teaching textile workshops such as felting, spinning, and knitting. These have been well received and very successful and I have been asked to continue in the fall. As the time and space is limited, I have to be quite creative in my planning. Felting has been the most popular so is what I will continue with. We did both traditional wet felt workshops and needlefelt workshops.  I took the last class samples to my Guild meeting today. I turned them into little bags, for iPods, change purse or small hand purse. Nice results.

I spent time with my friend who is just learning to weave and wanted help and company at her house. I took my Woolhouse loom to her place and wove several projects. I finished my Horoscope weave from last year’s conference and discovered that it has a wonderful potential as a summer shawl. Then I put on a waffle weave project which I wove off in linen and paper. That was successful as well. Next was a basket weave/twill bookmark project in black warp and space dyed crochet cotton. I was happy with the results of this one. Now, my loom has the warp for the workshop at Olds and is a twill gamp which looks interesting and will give me more ideas. My friend has not been available so I have forged ahead on my own and successfully completed several projects. Now, I need another impetus to finish my baby blankets on a large loom and a lace scarf on a smaller loom. And someone to encourage me to put rugs or blankets on my 60″ loom.